November 2009 – Mild and dry

A typical November sunset in Greater Moncton

November in Greater Moncton is typically dull, grey and downright raw at times but this November was an exception to the rule.

The month had many sunny days with both mild daytime and overnight temperatures.

Rainfall for the month was below normal and very little snow fell and what did fall didn’t stick around because there is no frost in the ground yet.

Even some hardy plants and flowers managed to survive and lawns were still green at month end.

NOVEMBER 2009 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  8.7 C 

Average LOW  -0.7 C

AVERAGE  4.0 C  (2.6 degrees above normal)

Extreme HIGH  16.3 C

Extreme LOW  -5.7 C

Rainfall  56.0 mm  (about 30% below normal)

Snowfall  7.4 cm  (only one-third of normal)

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Santa Claus arrives

Santa Claus arrives in Greater Moncton

Jolly Old Saint Nick officially arrived in Greater Moncton tonight during the annual Santa Claus Parade which made its way through the downtown core to Dieppe.

At the start of the parade, the temperature was a chilly 5 C with light drizzle which later turned to rain during the course of the parade – and no snow cover this year.

Rain floods Vancouver Island

Schools in Duncan, BC surrounded by floodwaters

The British Columbia government has promised to help homeowners on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan and Comox Valleys affected by flooding.

Hundreds had to be evacuated after a combination of heavy rains and high tides left homes doorknob-deep in water on the weekend.

Almost 450 mm of rain has fallen in the Duncan, BC area this month alone.

Whistler breaks all-time snow record

A skier on the snowy slopes of Whistler-Blackcomb

This month’s snowfall in Whistler, BC, has surpassed the all-time record for a single month – any month – and that was with seven days to go.

The 530 centimetres of snow that had fallen between Nov. 1 and Monday (Nov. 23) at 3 p.m. (it was still falling at that point) eclipsed the previous record for a month of 469 cm, set in January 2006, according to officials at Whistler Blackcomb Resort.

The 530 cm also put WB more than halfway to its seasonal average snowfall of 1,009 cm.

Obviously great news for the Olympic ski events later this winter.

Olympic torch arrives in Moncton

Olympic Torch Relay arrives in Moncton

The Olympic Torch Relay for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games made its way to Moncton tonight.

The torch, carried by several local bearers including curling Olympian Russ Howard, travelled along Main, Vaughan Harvey, St. George, Botsford, Mountain Road and Connaught to the new stadium at the Universite de Moncton.

At the time of its arrival in the downtown core, it was 2 C with a light wind.

Flooding in England

A bridge swept away by flood in northern England

Raging floods engulfed northern England’s Lake District Friday following the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Britain with some areas receiving 250 mm.

Police said hundreds were placed in rescue centres and thousands were without power.

Emergency workers used boats to rescue trapped residents while the military broke through rooftops to lift people to safety in helicopters.

Police in the northern region of Cumbria said about 1,000 homes flooded.

Prairie heat brings out golfers

Much of the Prairies basked in unseasonable warmth yesterday with numerous communities setting new record highs for the date.

Edmonton set a new record high of 13 C which brought golfers back to the course for the afternoon.

The previous record of 12.8 C was set back in 1976.

Moose Jaw hit 17.4 C topping the old record of 15 C also from 1976.

Several other Saskatchewan communities came within one degree of touching a new record, which is odd considering the average daytime high for this time of year is zero.

Remnants of Ida

A system bringing heavy rainfall to the Maritimes – associated with the remnants of Hurricane Ida (which had already impacted areas from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic) – moved through New Brunswick Saturday night and Sunday.

Some areas saw close to an inch (25 mm) of rainfall over a period of one hour.

Selected rainfall totals…

Moncton  20 mm

Fredericton  61 mm

Kouchibouguac  52 mm

Indian Summer

Leafy

The starkness of November - Centennial Park, Moncton

Given the extremely wet fall we’ve been experiencing in Greater Moncton, the last several dry, sunny and mild days have been a welcome relief.

Since last weekend, temperatures have reversed a recent trend and have actually been above normal, peaking at 16.3 C on the 9th.

It could be our Indian Summer – a general term used to describe fine weather in the fall following a killing frost.

Ida weakens before coming ashore

Tropical Storm Ida

Satellite image of TS Ida in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Ida came ashore early this morning along the U.S. Gulf Coast near Mobile Bay,  Alabama with top sustained winds weakened to about 75 kph.

Forecasters say the rare late season tropical storm will be absorbed by a front as it moves across the American Southeast.

Ida has had a bigger impact elsewhere  – on Sunday, Ida lashed the Mexican resort of Cancun with heavy wind and rain.

In El Salvador, more than 130 people have died from flooding following three days of heavy rains that were indirectly tied to Ida.