Alberta Foothills Weather

September 27

Summer around these parts came to an abrupt end yesterday afternoon.
Under a wind watch from early in the morning, we waited for an expected cold front to pass over, not expecting much to see but the wind, forecast to be up to 90km/h.
When the front finally came over the hills to the northwest, it was packing more than wind. It had lit up a healthy line of thunderstorms and by 4pm the west end was at Rocky, the east end near Gull Lake, so we headed northwest a few miles to watch it come in. The line was really moving so we didn’t get far before it was chasing us home again, still not much to look at but packing some good steady lightning.
It passed over here hurling loonie sized slushballs and ~65 km/h winds, leaving 3 or 4 mm of precip behind, just enough to wash the dust off everything.
The most interesting goodies were south of here after the front passed over. The tail-end tried a few times to get organized, tried to spin up a bit of a wall cloud a few times, but was doomed in the now 10C temps and stiff west wind that kept blowing everything apart.

Got our first below zero temp in this morning’s sag, -.2C at 7:43, I see YQF had a low of +5. What a difference 8 miles can make sometimes.

Fall color is spotty at best this year, a lot of deep green leaf left out there, with splotches of yellow mixed in. The poplars surrounding our yard turned early this year, but the ones out in the ditch are still August green. The big blow last night carried on most of today but surprisingly did not remove as many leaves as I was expecting, there is still some color out there and the majority of leaves still to turn.
Nuff with the wind already. 20-35kmh all afternoon and a high of 11.5C was a large leap off a cliff from the 34C around here 5 days ago. Brr.

Autumn poplars west of Red Deer,AB - Sept 26,2009
Autumn colors southwest of Red Deer,AB - Sept 26,2009Color just starting in Sylvan Lake,AB - Sept 25,2009Fall colors southwest of Red Deer,AB - Sept 26,2009
Autumn thunderstorm west of Red Deer,AB - Sept 26,2009Autumn thunderstorm west of Red Deer,AB - Sept 26,2009Autumn thunderstorm west of Innisfail,AB - Sept 26,2009Autumn thunderstorm west of Innisfail,AB - Sept 26,2009

One Response to “September 27”

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    Dann Cianca Says:

    Hey look at that! You did get a nice storm!!

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