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August Was Warm: Very Dry In Southwest Nova Scotia

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Summer in the Maritimes continued warmer than normal for most locations.  While some heavy showers allowed much of New Brunswick (Saint John the exception) and Prince Edward Island to reach or exceed their normal rainfalls, Nova Scotia remained dry.  In fact Southwestern sections of the province were much warmer than normal with rainfalls about 25 percent of normal; impacting crops, fire danger, and the availability of water in rivers and wells.

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August Climate Statistics (not yet official)

As we move into September, the long range forecasts continue to predict warmer than normal weather:

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I am expecting precipitation numbers to recover in Nova Scotia in September.  September is typically the busiest month for tropical cyclones.  Furthermore, the sea surface temperatures surrounding the Maritimes are for the most part warmer than normal.  Consequently, storms that reach our area may maintain more energy than otherwise.

Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (red warmer than normal)

Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (red warmer than normal)

Yesterday, there were already a number of systems in the tropical Atlantic.

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Indeed, Tropical Depression Nine did intensify yesterday afternoon to become Tropical Storm Hermine.  While the immediate threat is for a potential hurricane for Florida, this storm is predicted to stall offshore of the mid Atlantic or New England coast next week.  The precipitation and possibly strong winds from Hermine may eventually impact the Maritimes next week… with the dry southwestern sections of the Maritimes most likely to welcome some rain.

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If Hermine does indeed stall, there will be plenty of time for folks in the Maritimes to prepare for any potential impacts.

Stay tuned and Stay Safe




About Jim Abraham

Jim has spent about 40 years in the weather business. He has been an operational forecaster from Halifax to Whitehorse. Jim started the Canadian Hurricane Centre, and has flown into a couple of these storms. As a senior executive within Environment Canada, Jim has managed weather research, weather services, and weather/water/climate observing programs. Retired from Environment Canada, Jim is the Atlantic Director for the Canadian Climate Forum, the president of the Halifax chapter of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society, a partner in Climaction Services, and a part-time meteorologist on CBC radio. He is still participating in national and international activities related to weather preparedness. Having witnessed unprecedented advances in the science and technology of meteorology. Jim hopes that this blog will also be educational; enabling users to better understand weather-related phenomena, better interpret available information, and ultimately better able to make decisions to protect themselves, their family and their property. Jim welcomes any questions and suggestions.


The views and opinions expressed in this content are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of haligonia.ca.


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