Thanks – and no thanks – for grey skies on Thanksgiving Monday

greyskiesIt’s certainly the first time I have welcomed a really wet Thanksgiving Monday, but welcome it is. Patrick Duplessis, a PhD in Physics & Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University tweets about weather and early today it reads “Big numbers for total #rainfall across #NovaScotia & there’s much more to come for the Ern parts. 77mm in #Halifax YAW. #NSstorm #CapeBreton“.

An indication of how serious the situation remains: CBC: Parks supplying water during shortage may have to close, despite need. “James Campbell, the spokesman for Halifax Water, said last week it would take at least 150 mm of rain over four or five days to help restore water levels in his area…Mike Shand, the EMO coordinator for Shelburne County East, said water levels are starting to rise and many wells are beginning to work normally. He said Monday’s heavy rainfall will help, but he warns that people should still conserve water until ground water levels improve.”

dsc03997c Postscript, next day: It turned out to be 100+ mm of rain and a lot of wind. I had a windfall in my backyard but was still grateful for the rain. In SW Nova Scotia there was less rain (45-75 cm) and it came too hard and quickly to have a significant effect on wells. Cape Breton received over 200 mm, creating widespread damage. It seems there is no happy medium in these early days of the Anthropocene.

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