Ex-Hurricane "Larry" dumping heavy snow over Greenland after making landfall in Newfoundland, Canada

Ex-Hurricane

Hurricane "Larry" made landfall near South East Bight, Newfoundland, Canada at 03:45 UTC on September 11, 2021, with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h (80 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 960 hPa, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone by 15:00 UTC, moving NNE toward Greenland at 78 km/h (48 mph), and merged with mid-latitude low, generating a massive blizzard over the southeastern Greenland.

Larry was the first hurricane to make landfall in Newfoundland since Igor in 2010 and only the 11th over the past 150 years.

It knocked out power throughout St John's and the surrounding area and brought heavy rains, strong winds, and unexpectedly high storm surge.1

By 17:00 UTC on September 11, 23 000 customers were still without power, down from 60 000 at the height of the storm.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the City of St. John's urged the public to remain off the roads to minimize any risk to public safety due to downed power lines and debris.

St. John's Mayor Denny Breen said Larry caused a 'significant amount' of damage around the city, including damaged traffic signals and roads.

A notable storm surge event occurred near the Burin and Avalon peninsulas, with water levels about 1.5 m (4.9 feet) higher than normal.

After moving over Newfoundland, Larry transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone and merged with a developing mid-latitude low in the Labrador Sea, generating a massive winter storm forecast to drop huge amounts of snow over southeastern Greenland over the weekend and into the new week.

Ex-Hurricane "Larry" on September 11, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, Zoom.Earth, TW

"The merging systems will lead to a massive winter storm over Greenland, producing a pretty rare event when a hurricane tracks far north in the Atlantic and pushes high tropical moisture towards the Arctic region," said Marko Korosec of Severe Weather Europe.2

Forecasters expect upwards of 1 - 1.5 m (3 - 5 feet) of snow over southeastern Greenland through Monday, September 13.

"The overall system will remain pretty large and quite intense over the weekend while tracking northeast just north of Iceland with its center and gradually dissipate in the Greenland Sea early next week."

"It is actually quite a rare event that a hurricane survives so far north in the Atlantic, meaning that it keeps producing some convective storms and drags a very high amount of moisture that will normally interact with the lower temperatures, therefore have the potential to produce deep snow," Korosec said.

References:

1 Hurricane Larry wallops eastern Newfoundland with strong winds, storm surge - CBC

2 Ex-hurricane Larry is forecast to bring a massive winter storm with 100+ cm of snow to Greenland this weekend - SWE

Featured image: Ex-Hurricane "Larry" on September 11, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, Zoom.Earth, TW


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