Hurricane Ana Smashing into Canada!

OK! Hurricane Ana is no longer a hurricane but:

Environment Canada is warning southeast winds are expected to reach speeds of up to 70 km/h tonight mainly over exposed coastal areas north of Nanaimo and Sechelt, and up to 90 km/h over Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast

“There will likely be heavy rainfall associated with the system and rainfall amounts of 50 to 75 mm are possible for tonight into Tuesday,” said the warning.

All this will be happening Monday night and this Tuesday morning.

Strange thing is, I can't find that happening before. Remnants of typhoons have hit Canada's West Coast but not hurricanes. You can find the definitions here. To have either hit Western Canada is a rare event. Wikipedia has a list of all hurricanes/typhoons hitting Canada. I've looked at the list and can't find a hurricane from the Western Pacific. Could be wrong. It could be just a definition problem.

Hurricane Ana nearly hit Hawaii just over a week ago. It missed it to the south and then veered north and circled back heading northeast.

The remnants of Ana will affect both Canada and the State of Washington.

Remember my post just a short time ago about the warmest September on record? Here's the map I used. Look at the Pacific Ocean.

Credit: NASA

I have no scientific weather experience but my question is–could it happen to Northern California? I will have to answer my question in the affirmative. You have to go back to 1859.

  • Before June or after October 1859: A system considered to be a tropical cyclone made landfall between Cape Mendocino and San Francisco Bay.[7]

Apparently September is the month to watch with 38 storms impacting California.

Most tropical cyclones impacting California do so in the month of September. September 1939 was “unprecedented” in having four tropical cyclones impact the state.[37]

Note the word “impact”. It doesn't mean the storm actually hit California. Again you can consult Wikipedia for more information on this. There it says:

A California hurricane is a tropical cyclone that affects the state of California. Usually, only the remnants of tropical cyclones affect California. Since 1900, two tropical storms have hit California, one by direct landfall from offshore, another after making landfall in Mexico.

 

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