Hot weather on the way

Cape Bre­ton Is­land to feel hot, sticky as Isa­ias down­grades into ex­tra­t­rop­i­cal storm

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID JALA david.jala@cb­ @cape­bre­ton­post

SYDNEY — If you can't make it to the trop­ics, the trop­ics will come to you.

With in­ter­na­tional travel, in­clud­ing sun­shine des­ti­na­tions, com­ing to a com­plete halt in March due to the coron­avirus pan­demic, res­i­dents of Cape Bre­ton are get­ting a brief op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence that trop­i­cal feel­ing with­out hav­ing to leave the is­land.

Ac­cord­ing to SaltWire Net­work chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Cindy Day, some south­ern­like weather is com­ing this way as a re­sult of a storm that started out as hur­ri­cane Isa­ias.

“The indi­rect im­pact is that it will feel like we're in the trop­ics — with COVID-19 (in­ter­rupt­ing travel to sun des­ti­na­tions), it's like Mother Na­ture thought she would bring some of the trop­ics here to Canada,” said Day.

“It will be like wak­ing up in Florida in the mid­dle of July, so it's go­ing to feel very op­pres­sive (to­day) and into Thurs­day morn­ing — we might even see a lit­tle shower be­fore it cools off a lit­tle later in the day.”

The pop­u­lar me­te­o­rol­o­gist noted that Isa­ias made land­fall on the North Carolina coast as a Cat­e­gory-1 hur­ri­cane and while it's still pack­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of about 100 km per hour it is now con­sid­ered a trop­i­cal storm.

“It's ex­pected to tran­si­tion to be­come what we call an ex­tra­t­rop­i­cal storm by (this) morn­ing — we're go­ing to have a lit­tle bit of weather come through as a re­sult of the storm's warm and cold fronts but it is not go­ing to be stormy,” said Day.

“It is go­ing to stay well west of us be­cause of the block­ing Ber­muda high that wob­bles away from and toward the east­ern seaboard — this storm got pushed in­land and that's where it's go­ing to stay as it tracks north­ward be­tween Mon­treal and Que­bec City.”

With Isa­ias' in­land north­ward track­ing, its ef­fects, aside from the trop­i­cal feel, will largely pass the Mar­itimes by as the storm dies out. In­deed, Day calls it a “non­event.”

Cu­ri­ously, the name Isa­ias was put on one of the six lists of hur­ri­cane names af­ter 2008's hur­ri­cane Ike laid waste to the Caribbean, in­clud­ing es­pe­cially hard-hit Haiti, and parts of the south­ern United States like Galve­ston, Texas where it made land­fall.

“When one hur­ri­cane is es­pe­cially dev­as­tat­ing and causes death its name is re­placed,” ex­plained Day.

“In 2008, the “I” name was Ike which was a pow­er­ful storm that claimed al­most 200 lives and re­sulted in close to $40-bil­lion in dam­age, mostly in the United States, and be­cause of that Ike was re­placed with Isa­ias.”

And for those won­der­ing, Isa­ias is pro­nounced “ees-ahEE-ahs”.

Next up on the list of names for 2020 hur­ri­canes and trop­i­cal storms are Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana and Omar.

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