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2009-08-24

WOCN31 CWHX 241500
Hurricane Bill intermediate information statement issued by the 
canadian hurricane centre of Environment Canada at 12.30 noon
NDT Monday 24 August 2009.

This is the final bulletin on post-tropical storm Bill.

As noted in the 9.30 AM NDT bulletin the centre of post-tropical 
storm Bill was east of the Newfoundland marine district and a
Wide swath of west to northwest gales lingered in behind the storm 
over the marine district. These gales will move east of all
Canadian waters this afternoon.


The following is a synopsis of huricane Bill as well as a summary of 
weather and ocean data following its track through Atlantic Canada 
Sunday and Sunday night.

Bill began as the third tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane 
season on August 15 and became named as a tropical storm later that 
day. Bill became the first hurricane of the year on August 17 and 
strenghtened to a category 2 hurricane on August 18 with winds in 
excess of 157 km/h. Bill continued strengthening rapidly and
Became a major hurricane ... Category 4 ... With winds of 213 km/h
On August 19 and remained at that strength for a full day before 
beginning to weaken.

In its early days Bill tracked towards the west northwest but 
eventually curved northwest and then headed toward the north passing 
well west of Bermuda as a marginal category 2 hurricane early on
August 22. Bill was a solid category 1 hurricane ... With sustained
Winds of 140 km/h ... When it entered southwestern maritime waters 
near dawn on Sunday August 23. Hurricane Bill tracked northeast 
through maritime waters passing within 50 km of the coast of Nova
Scotia before veering more eastward on its way to Newfoundland.

Hurricane Bill passed over grand Miquelon France before making 
landfall near midnight Sunday night at point rosie on the Burin 
peninusla of Newfoundland. The strength of the storm was on the
Boundary between a strong tropical storm and a hurricane ... With 
sustained winds between 110 and 120 km/h at landfall. A post analysis
Is planned to determine its exact strength when it made landfall ...
But early indications are that it was below hurricane strength.
Bill tracked rapidly through the southern portions of Newfoundland
In a few hours as it increased in forward speed and was east of all 
Newfoundland waters by mid Monday morning August 24.

Hurricane Bill encountered a tropical airmass when it arrived in 
Atlantic Canada which delayed the onset of extratropical transition 
until it was well into the Atlantic region of Canada. Heavy rain
Was reported in all four Atlantic provinces with the passage of
Bill. Storm force wind gusts were reported in Nova Scotia and 
Newfoundland with high coastal waves and marginal flooding with
Storm surges reported in those same two provinces. Storm surge
Values ranged from 50 cm along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia to 
70 cm along the Northumberland-Miramichi coast of New Brunswick to
75 cm in Placentia Bay Newfoundland.

Here are unofficial data from across Atlantic Canada and its marine 
district:

Location            rainfall (mm)    peak wind (km/h)
-----------------------------------------------------

Nova Scotia...

Yarmouth                 65                80
Baccaro Point            37                85
* dayton                 64                N/a
Western Head             41                67
Lunenburg                N/a               83
St Margaret bay          44                70
Shearwater               52                67
McNabs Island            N/a               89
Osborne Head             N/a               82
Halifax stanfield a      57                82
Lower Sackville          51                N/a
* Jollimore              71                N/a
* Clayton park           66                N/a
Stewiacke                31                69
Malay Falls              62                N/a
Beaver Island            N/a               91
Brier Island             N/a               70
Kejimkujik               51                52
* Caledonia              70                N/a
Greenwood                31                56
Kentville                56                61
Debert                   33                72
Parrsboro                31                65
Nappan                   19                63
Caribou Point            29                82
Tracadie                 64                69
Hart Island              N/a               93
* Lochaber               45                N/a
* Queensport             72                N/a
* Baddeck                31                N/a
Sydney                   54                76
* new Victoria           50                N/a
Louisbourg               56                N/a
Ingonish Beach           68                56
North mountain           58                59
Cheticamp                26                89
Saint Paul island        N/a               102


Prince Edward Island...

North point              28                70
Summerside               28                65
Charlottetown            23                65
St Peter's               41                56
* Alliston               66                N/a
East Point               55                91


New Brunswick...

Moncton                  32                65
Bouctouche               24                N/a
* Saint John - erbs cove 27                N/a
Saint John airport        6                59
St Stephen               47                45


Newfoundland...

Argentia		 31		   94
Bonavista 		 27		   91
Burgeo			 43		   78
* cape pine		 na		  121
Cape Race		 na		  132
Gander			 71		   59
Grates Cove		 na		   93
La Scie			 na		   56
* Lethbridge		 39		   na
Marticot island		 na		  100
Port aux Basques	 57		   78
Sagona Island		 na		  102
St.John's		 40		   80
St.Lawrence		 45		   96
Terra Nova park		 30		   57
Winterland		 63		   83
Wreckhouse		 25		   70


* denotes volunteer or private observer


Oceanic data...

Location     			sustained / peak wind (km/h)
------------------------------------------------------------
Georges Bank buoy 44011			 74 /  96
Halifax harbour buoy 44258		 57 /  82
Lahave Bank buoy 44150 			100 / 135
East Scotian Slope buoy 44137 		 85 / 115
Laurentian fan buoy 44141		 70 /  93
Banquereau Bank buoy 44139 		 74 / 100
Southwest Grand Banks buoy 44138 	 70 /  93
Nickerson bank buoy buoy 44251		 70 /  96


Location     			 significant/maximum waves (m)
-------------------------------------------------------------
Georges Bank buoy 44011			10.7 /   na
Halifax harbour buoy 44258		 9.0 / 14.9
Lahave Bank buoy 44150 			13.4 / 26.4
East Scotian Slope buoy 44137 		14.1 / 24.7
Laurentian fan buoy 44141		 9.4 / 13.8
Banquereau Bank buoy 44139 		10.5 / 17.3
Southwest Grand Banks buoy 44138 	 9.4 / 13.9
Nickerson bank buoy buoy 44251		 7.8 / 12.0

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