October 2009 – Rainy and cool

Leaves

Fallen leaves in Centennial Park, Moncton

October was one of the rainiest months in recent memory in Greater Moncton with more than double the normal amount of precipitation – and with no tropical storms or hurricanes to blame!

Two significant rain events led to flooding problems and even some snow fell although it failed to accummulate on the ground in Moncton – a different story further north in places like Bathurst and Edmundston. 

Temperatures were close to normal for almost the first half of the month and then the bottom fell out – overnight lows were consistently below zero and daytime highs failed to reach 10 C.

OCTOBER 2009 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  10.4 C

Average LOW   1.4 C

AVERAGE   5.9 C (1.2 degrees below normal)

Extreme HIGH  18.9 C (on the 31st, tied the record set in 1942)

Extreme LOW  -5.1 C (on the 30th, coldest October low in 10 years)

Rainfall  215.5 mm (more than twice the normal amount)

Snowfall  5.2 cm (slightly above normal)

Rain, rain, rain!

Baseball field flooded in Moncton, Oct.25.09

Baseball field flooded in Moncton, Oct.25.09

October has proven to be a very rainy month in Greater Moncton – and not a single tropical storm or hurricane to blame.

More than double the normal amount of rain has already fallen and there is still another week to go.

Yesterday’s rain event flooded basements and low-lying areas of southern New Brunswick.

Saint John was the hardest hit with more than 100 mm of rain, Fredericton had almost 50 mm and Moncton had more than 20 mm.

Snow in NB!

Snow fell overnight in Moncton - melted by daybreak Oct.23.09

Snow fell overnight in Moncton - melted by daybreak Oct.23.09

It was finally our turn – as much as 15 cm of snow fell across parts of New Brunswick overnight.

About 4 cm fell at the Greater Moncton Airport (even less in the city itself) but it was mixed with rain and by daybreak it was only left on vehicles.

Nevertheless, it was the most snow to fall in October in 12 years.

Some power outages occurred – mainly in the Miramichi region – as the weight of snow on trees with leaves caused branches to fall on power lines.

Early snow for US Northeast

Early snow near Scranton, PA, Oct.16.09

Early snow near Scranton, PA, Oct.16.09

A Nor’easter which brought rain to coastal regions of the U.S. Northeast yesterday brought snow to higher elevations of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

In some communities such as State College, Pennsylvania, so much snow (more than 12 cm) had never fallen before so early in recorded history.

The heavy, wet, snow brought down trees still laden with leaves and power lines.

Growing season officially over

 
Light dusting of snow Elgin, NB, Oct.14.09

Light dusting of snow Elgin, NB, Oct.14.09

After two frosty mornings with below freezing temperatures in Greater Moncton, dipping as chilly as -3.2 C, the growing season is officially over.

Some areas of Southern New Brunswick even saw a trace of snow yesterday including Elgin (above) and Saint John but Moncton managed to escape the white stuff.

Cold delays baseball playoffs

Denver's Coors Field covered in snow Oct.10.09

Denver's Coors Field covered in snow Oct.10.09

It was too cold yesterday in Denver, Colorado for a Major League Baseball playoff game between the Rockies and the Phillies.

The temperature at game-time was only expected to be about -2 C with a coating of snow on the ground.

Denver’s mile-high elevation often brings unpredictable weather especially in the spring and fall.

Yesterday’s game was postponed until tonight with the temperature still expected to be a nippy +2 C.

Winterpeg lives up to its name

Winnipeg backyard covered in snow Oct.10.09

Winnipeg backyard covered in snow Oct.10.09

Winnipeg certainly lived up to its nickname of Winterpeg yesterday when 10 cm of snow fell on Manitoba’s capital, making Thanksgiving weekend look more like Christmas.

The snow snarled traffic and even caused a plane to slide off the runway upon landing at Winnipeg Airport.

A region near Whiteshell Provincial Park received almost 30 cm of snow thanks to lake-effect weather from Lake Winnipeg and even nearby Kenora, Ontario got 20 cm.

Fall colours reach peak

Fall colours at their peak in Moncton Oct.6.09

Fall colours at their peak in Moncton Oct.6.09

This is Thanksgiving Week and the fall colours have reached their peak in Southeastern New Brunswick – as is typical for the second week of October.

Days have been getting rapidly shorter and the leaves have changed colour quickly in only the past couple of weeks.

With just a light frost so far this fall in Greater Moncton, the colours are apt to be even more brilliant this year than in years past.

Snow in Calgary!

Children build a snowman in Calgary Oct.4.09

Children build a snowman in Calgary Oct.4.09

It may have been barely ten days ago when temperatures broke record highs of more than 30 C but Calgary had its first taste of winter yesterday.

Several centimetres of wet snow fell in Calgary – enough to build a snowman – with higher accumulations in nearby Kananaskis Country and the Rockies.