Summer SNOW wallops Newfoundland, see the misery HERE
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:22 AM - As much of Atlantic Canada closes out the month of June with heavy rainfall, parts of Newfoundland were left eating their Tuesday morning breakfast with picturesque scenes of Christmas. WAIT! What? It's June 26, NOT December 26. See more of this inappropriate late June snow, below. Oh, and there's frost advisories to add to the misery too.
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- Temperatures moderated for many through Tuesday afternoon, with a chilly rain still falling along the northeast coast
- Another potent system for Thursday/Friday with heavy rain likely as system taps into subtropical/tropical moisture
- Ahead of the late week system, temperatures finally warm in Newfoundland with a 30°C day on the horizon
WHAT SEASON IS THIS EXACTLY? HERE'S WHY IT SNOWED AND SURPRISINGLY, HEAT IS A FACTOR
We kicked off the official start to summer last Thursday, but you wouldn't know it if you were traveling in Newfoundland on Tuesday, where warnings (due to snow), frost advisories and well below seasonal temperatures made it seem like more like late fall. It's LATE June by the way and we're just days away from the July long weekend.
"It may come as a surprise, but heat is a major factor in why Newfoundland has seen such a "wintry" spring and summer so far," says Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern. "Heat bulging northward through the central parts of the country has periodically dislodged the cold from the far north, sending it southward across the island."
So here we are, June 26th and a cold pool of air was again dislodged from the north in the form of a strengthening upper low.
"The clashing cold with the warm air to the south fueled a system to track just south of Newfoundland," Wenckstern says. "In winter, this track is a recipe for heavy snowfall and if it's cold enough, can produce snow in the summer. Never trust a strengthening upper low."
DRIVING ALERTS FOR SNOW: YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY IN THE PICS BELOW...
On Monday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement warning drivers of poor conditions due to SNOW. Ice pellets were also coming down "at a good clip" in the Gander area Tuesday morning, which helped to glaze the pavement and impacted the morning commute.
And while snowfall accumulations aren't excessive and largely melted through the day Tuesday, for places like Gander, where 2 cm was recorded by observers, the snow makes 14 cm for the month of June (so far) - that's about SIX times the normal for June.
COVER YOUR PLANTS!
Environment Canada also issued a frost advisory for parts of the province on Tuesday morning warning of potential damage to crops in frost-prone areas.
"Ground temperatures at or near zero and partially clearing skies will give favourable conditions for frost tonight," says EC. "Cover up plants, especially those in frost-prone areas. Take preventative measures to protect frost-sensitive plants and trees."
TROPICAL MOISTURE LATE WEEK
"Then looking ahead to the weekend, there is some potential for a subtropical system to impact Atlantic Canada with tropical moisture," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "A potent system tracks across the region Thursday and Friday with heavy rain likely as the system taps into subtropical/tropical moisture."
A benefit to this incoming system will be above seasonal temperatures (finally!) for Newfoundland. The hottest of the heat for the Canada Day long weekend will spread first into the Maritimes and even into Newfoundland at points through the weekend.
"Interior Newfoundland could even approach 30°C with above seasonal temperatures continuing into the middle of next week," adds Gillham.
UNBELIEVABLE! HERE'S WHAT JUNE 26 LOOKED LIKE IN NEWFOUNDLAND (UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS HERE)
Burgeo, NL. Courtesy: Brian Porter
Stephenville, NL. Courtesy: Home O'Connor.
Burgeo, NL. Courtesy: Tracy Parsons
Buchans, NL. Courtesy: Pauline Dean
Gander, NL. Courtesy: Jason.