Leslie made landfall earlier this morning along the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland. As expected, the really strong winds were on the east side of the storm with Category 1 hurricane-force gusts in the St. John's area. Heavy rainfall was an issue well to the northwest and west of the center.
1. Looks like a very dry and warm pattern setting up across BC and the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. especially late this week and through all of next week as a large ridge of high pressure builds up along the West Coast. This is obviously bad news for wildfire control.
2. Also next week, as this big ridge strengthens along the West Coast, a stronger, north-to-northwest flow will come down through the Prairies, and we could be seeing a significant cool spell into the Prairies and northern U.S. Plains late next week. This is the type of situation that will lead to widespread freezes and perhaps some snowflakes.
Speaking of snow, snow fell last night at Sunshine Village Ski Area in Banff. Check out the images below from this morning...
A warm first half of summer for a majority of Canada.
Fast, west-to-east jet stream pattern across southern Canada into next week.
Clues to the long range over the next several weeks across North America.
Potential for significant rainfall over southwestern Alberta late this week into the early weekend.
A strong, upper-level storm system will bring significant rain, severe thunderstorms and much cooler air to parts of western and central Canada into early next week.
Latest ideas on the weekly long range through the end of this month.