There was another major storm that went through the northern Ontario town of Wawa (famous for its roadside attraction, a large Canadian goose) over the weekend, and was a devastating storm in its own right. It washed away chunks of Highway 17, one of only two roads that connects western Canada to eastern Canada. The National Post and the Town of Wawa’s website have some amazing pictures of the damage. To add to the trouble there, Hurricane Sandy is expected to affect the region as well, which will almost certainly delay repairing the damage. This is pretty bad news for a town that has been economically depressed due to the shutdown of the logging industry. The mayor of Wawa describes this event as a 1 in 100 year storm, and will affect transportation in the coming weeks.
In 1991, there was a massive storm that Sandy is being compared to. Dubbed the “Perfect Storm“, it was a devastating merger of a tropical cyclone and a cold air mass from Canada. The storm was dramatised in the popular movie featuring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. Hurricane Sandy has the potential to be even worse than the Perfect Storm. The image below is the latest infrared imagery from the GOES satellite. You can clearly see the tropical storm over top of the eastern United States. The second low pressure system is currently over the midwestern United States and Canada, and is expected to collide with Sandy by the 31st. It will be interesting to see if it breaks the low pressure record that happened in Minnesota last year.