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    Hurricanes in the Canada atlantic?

    I read that you have some major hurricanes in the Canada atlantic area each year, 5 to 7 of them usually. And they appear in the summer and autum season.
    I travel alone with a tent, should i really have to worry about this?

    Could not find anything about it in tourist books or any information i recived from the tourist centers.
    Maby the goverment of Canada should show a little more respect to their visitors if its so dangerous and inform.

    My guess is that this hurricanes is more dangerous in citys, because dangerous crap can fly thru the air.
    Since i mostly stay outside citys it might not be so dangerous for me..

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    Where did you read that we have 5-7 major hurricanes each year?

    We usually get the tail end of the US hurricanes ... often after they've been downgraded to tropical storms or post-tropical storms. And they don't exactly sneak up on us and take us by surprise. You will have heard about Hurricane Whoever going on in the US for a week or more before anything will hit Canada. You will have time to prepare ... if you're staying in a tent, and you find out that a tropical storm is going to hit the area where you'll be in a few days, you can decide to travel elsewhere or decide to take a hostel or hotel or whatever.

    Have you taken the time to check what the Environment Canada website says about hurricanes? Environment Canada is the Canadian government website for weather:
    http://www.ec.gc.ca/
    http://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang...B-C4090E83EDCD

    This would be another site for hurricane or tropical storm information:
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/

    Here's their Tropical Storm page:
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/tropicalstorm/

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    ShacklerViking in the last 29 years I can remeber two hurricanes hitting land in the Martimes. Two things usually occur it burns itself out before it gets that far north or it turns out to sea. What you end up with is a few days where if your really lucky your bikeing with the wind.

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    I'd be more concerned about the mosquitoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I'd be more concerned about the mosquitoes.


    In some places up here those suckers can cart away small children.

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    Here is the website that i use to check on and track hurricanes. It has an extensive archive going back to 1851 showing windspeeds and paths. Its a pretty neat website......

    http://www.stormpulse.com/
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    I spent 6 weeks in Atlantic Canada during august and september. I thought about it, thinking it would both cool and scary but I hardly got any rain. The west coast of Newfoundland was quite windy. Had a nice tailwind going northbound. It felt like riding downhill all the time. This is where "trucks tip over":

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    Nova scotia has had a few bad storms recently that got a lot of coverage. I sail in the maritimes during the summer, on an inland "lake" and by the time the hurricanes get up here you can still go out in canoes. It's just a really big wind, I don't think you could advance into it, but it isn't dangerous in a New Orleans kinda way.

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    I'm a native of Pennsylvania, and grew up about an hour straight north of the Chesapeake Bay, so definitely in range of hurricanes. Also a solid 7 or so hours south of the closest bit of Canada.

    The most recent full fledged hurricane to hit home was Hurricane Agnes in 1972... back before I was born! It is very rare to have full fledged hurricanes hitting even that far north. Hurricanes are fueled by warm water, and the further north you go, the cooler the coastal waters get. The Gulf Stream is warmer, but the further north you go, the further it is from land. Hurricanes are disrupted by mountainous terrain, and much of the eastern coast of the US and Canada is enough to disrupt the storm. You may see rain from the tail end of a hurricane. It's nothing special... just a day of steady downpour. You won't be able to tell the difference from the *other* days of steady downpour. That's a normal feature of east coast fall weather. (iirc the last hurricane to take a tour of the St Lawrence would have been back in the 1950s)

    I'd definitely be more worried about the mosquitoes.

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    Hi,

    I'm not worried about this in Caribbian Sea at that time...

    You'll notice hurricane at least a day in advance. Then you have enough time to leave the coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShacklerViking View Post
    I read that you have some major hurricanes in the Canada atlantic area each year, 5 to 7 of them usually. And they appear in the summer and autum season.
    Not true. Even much further south in the US on the Chesapeake Bay where I live it just isn't something I would worry about when planning a bike tour. Even here it is a rare occurrence that we see more than heavy rain after a storm has fizzled out. Farther north it becomes even less of a worry. It just isn't something to even consider in trip planning north of the Carolinas in the Southern US if even there.

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    Hurricanes in Canada? It shouldn't be that much of a worry. By the time hurricanes get that far north, the cold water sucks all the energy out of them. However, anything in the US from Cape Cod all the way south to the Mexican border can absolutely get hit by a serious hurricane. If you are within 100 miles of the coast, and there is talk of a hurricane, I would definitely pay very close attention to the forecast. And if one is either going to come close or be a near miss, I'd get the hell out of there if I was on the coast or worse, a barrier Island. Just because the Northeast doesn't get hit with hurricanes as often, doesn't mean it can't happen. We had a Cat 3 hit Eastern CT about 16 years ago, and frankly, we're overdue.
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