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White Juan: remembering the storm


Click the image for a look at the ferocious winter storm dubbed White Juan
Click the image for a look at the ferocious winter storm dubbed White Juan

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

February 18, 2011 — The Weather Network takes a look back at White Juan, a ferocious winter storm that hit Atlantic Canada seven years ago.

Parts of Nova Scotia were buried in nearly a metre of snow
Parts of Nova Scotia were buried in nearly a metre of snow

It was the storm known as “White Juan,” and it brought Halifax one of it's heaviest snowfalls on record.

66 centimetres of snow was recorded at Stanfield International Airport on February 18th and 19th, 2004. Just across the Bay, nearly a metre of snow fell in Shearwater.

A state of emergency was declared for the entire province of Nova Scotia, but heavy snow also fell in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Wind gusts of up to 120 km/h in some locations. Halifax imposed traffic curfews in the days following the storm to help with the massive clean-up.

“White Juan was one of those really interesting winter storms,” says Imran Adhami, a producer at The Weather Network. “Dubbed 'White Juan' - because one winter storm had the same impact as Hurricane Juan had just a few months earlier.”

Winds were gusting up to 120 km/h in parts of Nova Scotia
Winds were gusting up to 120 km/h in parts of Nova Scotia

Hurricane Juan made landfall between Shad Bay and Prospect in the Halifax Regional Municipality in the early hours of September 29, 2003. It was one of Nova Scotia's biggest weather events in history.

Looking back at White Juan, a powerful Nor'easter, Adhami remembers the story of a pregnant woman who had a challenge getting to the hospital.

“There was 90 cm of snow on the ground, and while the main streets were clear, the sideroads were not,” Adhami recalls. “Someone brought a backhoe, a front-end loader to the house. They lifted the pregnant woman out of the house, into the truck, which then got her to the ambulance and hospital.” The baby arrived safely, and the woman got to tell her story on The Weather Network.

For more details on what you can expect this weekend in Atlantic Canada, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at :02 and :32 minutes past each hour.

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