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PHOTOS: Sunday evening’s storm cuts power to thousands in Stittsville

High gusts of wind and torrential downpours hit Stittsville around 6:00pm on Sunday evening, cutting power to over 10,000 homes. About 20 minutes later, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for gusts up to 100km/h, and a gust of 97km/h was reported at the Ottawa Airport – the highest recorded wind speed in 20 years. Here are some of your photos from during and after the event.

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PHOTOS: Hail & rainbows from the early evening storm

Quite the storm earlier this evening… torrential rain, hail, winds… then a double rainbow followed by sunshine. Here are some photos captured in the Stittsville area.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


PHOTO: Winter on the trail

Thanks to Christopher Skinner for sharing this photo. "I used to loathe winter. After taking up some outdoor winter hobbies 3-4 years ago, it's impossible to not enjoy days like this," he says.
Photo by Christopher Skinner.

Thanks to Christopher Skinner for sharing this photo, taken earlier in the week. “I used to loathe winter. After taking up some outdoor winter hobbies 3-4 years ago, it’s impossible to not enjoy days like this,” he says.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your best pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


GALLERY: Winter wonderland along Poole Creek

“I took these pictures on December 6 ¬†during my morning walk,” says Michelle Legault. “They were taken on the paths that connect Amberwood with Granite Ridge along Poole Creek.¬† It was really a winter wonderland after awful weather the day before.”

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your best pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca) Continue reading


Severe drought conditions declared in Mississippi Valley

Water levels were very low this past weekend in the Goulbourn Wetland, which empties into Poole Creek.

(press release)

Earlier today the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority issued a severe drought warning for several sub watersheds of the Mississippi River. This includes the Fall River, Clyde River, Indian River and Carp River watersheds. Continue reading


LIFE’S A DITCH: Ottawa Fire called to the rescue

Ottawa Fire Services¬†helped out with three cars in ditches this morning, at least couple of them just south of Stittsville. ¬†Here’s a news release that they sent out earlier today.
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Snowmobilers warned to use extra caution due to warm weather

(Photo: Snowmobile on Jonathan Pack Street in Stittsville.)

Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service and Ottawa Paramedic Service are warning residents to use caution when using snowmobiles this weekend.

Warmer than usual weather this season means that ice has not had the chance to fully solidify. Continue reading


Residents asked to help clear on-street catch basins

(via City of Ottawa)

Environment Canada is predicting a mix of weather this weekend that may pose challenges for residents.

The City of Ottawa is encouraging residents to visit the Winter Weather webpage on ottawa.ca for information on the weather, including updates on City operations and tips on what residents can do in preparation for, and during, weather incidents. Continue reading


PHOTOS: Today’s incredible sunset

What a gorgeous weekend! ¬†The warm weather on Saturday and Sunday had plenty of Stittsville residents out for a run or jog along the Trans Canada Trail, a walk with¬†the dog, or even putting up the Christmas lights they’ve been procrastinating on.

The weekend was capped off with an incredible sunset. Thanks to @andrethegeek and @the_nessmonster for sharing their photos.

Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @andrethegeek
Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @andrethegeek
Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @the_nessmonster
Sunset on December 6, 2015. Photo via @the_nessmonster


We love getting photos from readers. Please send them along to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.

Snow expected to be cleared from roads by late afternoon, sidewalks are next

City councillor Shad Qadri provided the following update on snow clearing, from the City of Ottawa’s roads manager.

Heavy snow stopped at 5am with flurries continuing through until 11am this morning, we expect 2 cm this morning but the wind will make it look worse. We do expect fair skies with wind through the weekend with temperatures of -15 Celsius as a high. Continue reading


The loud bang you heard on Monday morning was probably a frost quake

(Above: Winter along Poole Creek. Photo by Barry Gray)

There were lots of reports of a series loud bangs on Monday morning in Stittsville and¬†surrounding areas. ¬†It’s likely the noise was due to a frost quake, or cryoseism.

They’re usually caused when temperatures rapidly decrease, usually¬†about three or four hours after a significant temperature change like the one Ottawa experienced on Sunday.

Most of the reports from residents mentioned booms anywhere from 3:30am to 8:00am on Monday morning.

From Wikipedia:

A cryoseism may be caused by a sudden cracking action in frozen soil or rock saturated with water or ice. As water drains into ground, it may eventually freeze and expand under colder temperatures, putting stress on its surroundings. This stress builds up until relieved explosively in the form of a cryoseism.

“Additionally, the ground must be saturated with water, which can be caused by snowmelt, rain, sleet or flooding.¬†The site of a cryoseism generally has little or no¬†snow¬†cover to¬†insulate¬†the ground. Geologically, areas of¬†permeable¬†materials like¬†sand¬†or¬†gravel, which are susceptible to frost action, are likelier candidates for cryoseisms.¬†Following large cryoseisms, little to no seismic activity will be detected for several hours, indicating that accumulated stress has been relieved.

A post on the Stittsville Neighbours Facebook group had 100 comments as of about 11:00pm on Monday night. Here’s a sample:

Facebook reports of frost quake

Did you hear the frost quake?  Tell us about it in the comments below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


Here’s how you can help with winter road maintenance

Report potholes and any other road or sidewalk deficiencies by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Clear snow on your property. The Use and Care of Roads By-Law No. 2003-498 and Parks and Facilities By-Law No. 2004-276 prohibit the disposal of snow or ice on roadways or in any park. When clearing snow from your driveway or walkway (even if a contractor is doing it for you), snow and ice may not be pushed, thrown or otherwise deposited on the street, sidewalk or park. Anyone charged with an offence may be subject to a fine. Continue reading