Numerous fires continue to burn across central Quebec as shown by yesterday's high resolution MODIS satellite image from NASA below.
Each red dot indicates an active burning area, and you can also easily see all the smoke from each fire.
Several of these fires were sparked by a lightning storm back on May 25. The region is also experiencing one of its driest starts to the summer in 40 years, according to NASA.
Severe thunderstorm threat late Thursday afternoon and evening
The combination of strong surface heating, wind shear and an influx of higher humidity will likely trigger a cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms later Thursday afternoon and into the evening from southeastern Saskatchewan to southwestern Manitoba. Cities included in the threat area are Regina and Brandon.
Storms will likely break out later in the afternoon as the cap (warm layer aloft) is broken along the northern rim of a high pressure ridge over the U.S. The storms will initially track toward the east-northeast then may turn more toward the east or east-southeast by the evening.
The greatest threat from any storm will be large hail and damaging straight-line winds.
My thoughts on the snow through Tuesday in the East and West.
Other than a blast into western Canada next week, most of the Arctic air will remain north of the Arctic Circle into December with just brief intrusions while mild, Pacific air takes hold from west to east.
Still happy with my old snow map.
Accumulating snow this weekend for parts of southern, central and eastern Ontario.
Wild storm in the West through Tuesday. A little snow in the east for the weekend?
The latest clues to the weather pattern over the next several weeks.