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Tuesday December 3, 2013 6:39 
Good morning:
It's about 5 Celsius this morning in St. John's-metro and raining.

I'm not sure why, but it seems every time it warms up on the province's east coast, we get rain. The high temperature today is expected to be about 9 Celsius and Wednesday's high is forecast to be 10.

Rain showers are in the forecast all this week, but some sunny periods are expected on the weekend.

There are wind and winter storm warnings for the Northern Peninsula and Labrador, so I guess our weather on the east coast could be a lot worse, if you don't like winter storms.
I'll add more detail on that in a minute.

First, here's the weather graphic from Environment Canada for St. John's and vicinity and more detailed text version of the forecast.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:00 
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:00 
Today, 3 December
Rain. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming south 40 gusting to 60 this morning. High 9.

Tonight, 3 December
Rain or drizzle. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming southeast 20 gusting to 40 near midnight. Temperature steady near 8.

Wednesday, 4 December
Rain at times heavy changing to drizzle or showers in the afternoon. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Fog patches dissipating in the afternoon. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming south 50 gusting to 80 in the afternoon. High 10.

Thursday, 5 December
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Windy. Low plus 1. High plus 3.

Friday, 6 December
Showers. Low minus 1. High plus 5.

Saturday, 7 December
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers.
Low plus 2. High plus 2.

Sunday, 8 December
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low minus 4. High minus 3.

Monday, 9 December
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low minus 7. High minus 4.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:01 
Now, for the Environment Canada warnings, below is a map showing areas in red on the Northern Peninsula where wind warnings have been issued and areas of Labrador where winter storm warnings have been issued.

The areas in Labrador shown in yellow are where winter storm watches have been issued.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:03 
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:03 
On the tip of the Northern Peninsula, Port Saunders and the Straits area, Environment Canada says northeasterly winds gusting to 100 km/h are expected Wednesday.

Here's more from Environment Canada:

A developing low pressure system southeast of Cape Cod will move to lie near Cape Breton by Wednesday morning then track slowly across Newfoundland later in the day. Northeasterly winds will increase ahead of this system tonight into Wednesday, with gusts reaching 100 km/h on Wednesday.

This system will bring messy weather conditions to the Great Northern Peninsula with a mix of snow, rain, ice pellets and freezing rain. Currently, ice pellets and rain are expected to be the dominant precipitation on Wednesday, however if surface temperatures are slightly colder than currently forecast the risk of freezing rain will become more significant.


And here are the details from Environment Canada for the winter storm warnings for Labrador:

Heavy snow, blowing snow and very strong winds expected to develop overnight into Wednesday.

This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system currently southeast of Cape Cod will track past Cape Breton Island tonight and then across Newfoundland on Wednesday night. Snow at times heavy will develop over Southeastern Labrador overnight tonight and persist through Wednesday.

For areas under the winter storm warning: snowfall accumulations of 20 to 30 centimetres are expected by Wednesday evening. In addition winds will increase and cause reduced visibility in blowing snow, especially over inland areas where temperatures will be colder. Visibility may improve at times along the strait as the snow will mix with ice pellets. Finally, northeasterly winds are expected to gust to 100 km/h late in the day on Wednesday for the strait and exposed coastal areas from Norman Bay to Lodge Bay.

For areas under the winter storm watch: strong winds and snowfall accumulations of 10 centimetres are expected by Wednesday evening however it is expected to continue into Thursday morning. Given the extra snowfall and strong winds expected it is likely that conditions will exceed the criteria for a winter storm warning. Environment Canada will continue to monitor this system and extend the winter storm warnings if needed.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:06 
It looks like the rest of the island will get some of those high winds Wednesday as well, but no warnings have been issued yet for areas other than the Northern Peninsula.

The latest forecast for St. John's-metro indicates wind gusts Wednesday could reach 80 km/h.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:08 
The website for the St. John's International Airport doesn't seem to be accessible, but I'll try it again later in the blog.

In the meantime, there are more problems with the MV Norcon Galatea on the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service.

The recorded information this morning says the Galatea is out of service again for mechanical repairs.

The MV Flanders is once again operating on a one-vessel schedule.

There are also dangerous goods runs this morning, from Portugal Cove at 8:20 a.m. and from Bell Island at 11 a.m. Passenger capacity will be limited during those runs.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:15 
All schools in the NL English School District are open this morning, according to the board's website.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:16 
Irritated drivers are showing up on Twitter early this morning. Here are a couple of Tweets.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:20 
Tip: Next time you're tailgated in the dark, turn on your cab light. They'll think you're rummaging around for your slingshot. #nltraffic
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:20 Nods&Winks
By's, seriously is it THAT hard to at least touch your breaks before turning right on a red. I'd like to make it to work alive. #nltraffic.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:20 peter wakeham
It's been a windy night on the province's west coast, according to this Tweet below by meteorologist Brian Walsh, posted about 7:12 a.m.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:22 
Wreckhouse wind warning has ended; peak gust overnight was 94 km/h #nlwx #nltraffic
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:22 Brian Walsh
A new access road to St. John's Airport opens today at 10 a.m.

Here's a Tweet from the airport, with a link to a map of the new road.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:24 
A new access road to the airport, World Parkway, opens tmrw (Dec 3rd) @ 10 a.m. Here's a map to the new road:
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:24 St. John's Airport
The front page of today's Telegram.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:29 
In today's Telegram, Dan MacEachern has a story from St. John's city council about a condominium development planned for LeMarchant Road.
A link to the story is in the Tweet below.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:38 
St. John's council moves ahead on LeMarchant condos. Dan MacEachern's story can be read at
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:39 The Telegram
Pics of LeMarchant Road condos... Im less than keen on this one.… From @TelegramDaniel #telynl
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:39 Ashley Fitzpatrick
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:39 
Rosie Gillingham has a story on page 1 of today's Telegram about murder suspect Trevor Pardy who is appealing a decision on his lawyer's pay rates.

Here's a link to that story.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:40 
Murder suspect to appeal decision on lawyer’s pay rates. Rosie Gillingham's story is online at
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:41 The Telegram
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:41 
Barb Sweet has another story on women who have experienced miscarriages, but have not been impressed with the care they received from Eastern Health.

Here's a link to that article.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:42 
Women implore Eastern Health to act on miscarriage complaints. Barb's Sweet's story can be read at
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:42 The Telegram
I'll be talking to my blogging colleagues in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia soon.
But I couldn't resist commenting on Colin's Tweet about the weather in P.E.I.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:50 
Let's take a look at the weather. Which BTW is crazy out right now. What's up with all this fog?
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:50 Colin Roger MacLean
@JournalPMacLean Are you sure you're not in St. John's again?
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:50 Deana StokesSullivan
@TelegramDeana Nah there's a potato on the front page – can't see that happening in St. John's. Even if you could grow potatoes ;0
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:50 Colin Roger MacLean
@JournalPMacLean The soil might be rocky, and it's more challenging but we can grow spuds here too.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:51 Deana StokesSullivan
Here's the front page of the Journal Pioneer with the potato Colin mentions. It sure is an odd shape. It looks like a hippo.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:52 
Our front page today... Yes it has a potato on it – but damn it, it's an odd looking potato! What do you think i...
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:52 Colin Roger MacLean
Here's a close-up of the potato. You can click on the image to enlarge it and read the cutline.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:54 
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:54 
Colin just responded to my Tweet about Newfoundlanders being able to grow potatoes.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:54 
@TelegramDeana Well yeah, but they're not P.E.I. spuds.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:54 Colin Roger MacLean
The Telegram's Ashley Fitzpatrick has joined the discussion.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:55 
@JournalPMacLean @TelegramDeana We had a potato on the front page. Story was about growing more potatoes. Lol
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:55 Ashley Fitzpatrick
@JournalPMacLean @TelegramDeana Story was called Potato Pursuit- from March 18. Here's mobile link:…
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:55 Ashley Fitzpatrick
@TeleFitz @TelegramDeana Was yours shaped like a reindeer in time for Christmas? Game. Over.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:55 Colin Roger MacLean
Here's a direct link to the potato story Ashley mentions that was in The Telegram
Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:57 
I said the P.E.I. potato looks like a hippo. Oops. Apparently people there think it looks like a reindeer.
I guess the saying is true, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" or potato holder.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:01 
James McLeod covered the provice's fall economic update Monday and the provincial deficit is more than $100 million less than expected. It's now around $450 million.

Here's a link in my Tweet to James' story.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:12 
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:12 Deana StokesSullivan
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:12 Deana StokesSullivan
@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Provincial pension reforms continue to make headlines. One public union out of three is fighting changes.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:12 Colin Roger MacLean
@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn The NL gov't is talking to unions here about options to change pensions. #TCMediaAM
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:21 Deana StokesSullivan
@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn NL has $6.5B in unfunded pension liabilities & post-retirement benefits. 2/3rds of the more than $9B debt.
Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:21 Deana StokesSullivan
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