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.
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.
“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.”
Water levels were very low this past weekend in the Goulbourn Wetland, which empties into Poole Creek.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
A cryoseismmay 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.
The first winter overnight parking restriction is in effect tonight from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. across Ottawa. This overnight parking restriction will remain in effect until the City announces it has been lifted. Continue reading →