Weyburn can get all sorts of weather, sometimes in a span of just a few days. So far this year we have had a late snowstorm that almost paralyzed the city, high winds, temperatures into the high 30s, and now, a hurricane.
Well, not quite a hurricane. Rather, the remnants of a rare hurricane that made landfall in the southwestern United States as a tropical storm on the weekend. The last time a tropical storm made landfall on the California coast was in 1939, and the last time a hurricane made landfall was over 150 years ago.
“That’s all associated with the moisture that is streaming up from the Gulf of California and the remnants of Hurricane Hilary,” explained Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. She added that we don’t often talk about hurricanes affecting the weather in Saskatchewan, either.
The system bringing rain and cloudy skies to the southeast corner of the province is now considered to be a post-tropical depression, with the bulk of the system staying on the windward side of the Rockies, where there are risks of flooding. The moisture will stick around in the air for a few days as well and will be combined with warmer air being pulled up from the sub-tropics.
“It does have a lot of heat and humidity associated with it so people can expect to kind of taste that sub-tropical air tomorrow across the south,” Lang continued.
When hurricanes come, they are also often associated with high winds as well. In this situation, the hurricane has already dissipated a lot of its energy.
“As soon as hurricanes hit land they become tropical storms, then tropical depressions, and then if they move further north they just sort of become regular old low-pressure systems,” Lang said.
The humidity is expected to be felt tomorrow when the forecast high is 27°, but the projected humidex is 34. After the clouds move off, a high-pressure system is expected to come in, bringing sunshine and seasonal temperatures for the rest of the week.
You can get all of the details on the Discover Weyburn Weather page.
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