November 2010 – Precipitation aplenty!

Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 29 Nov 10

November 2010 will be best remembered in Greater Moncton as a month with lots of precipitation – both rain and snow!

Almost 200 mm of rain fell over a one week period alone in the region with above normal temperatures for the first two-thirds of the month.

Then the bottom fell out of the temperature in the last third of November and the first significant snow fell on the 20th with 4.4 cm followed by two more sizeable snowfalls within a few days.

Overall, temperatures for November were almost one degree Celsius above normal and total precipitation was more than 120% above average.

NOVEMBER 2010 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  6.0 C

Average LOW  -1.7 C

AVERAGE  2.2 C (about 0.8 C above the 30-year average) 

Extreme HIGH  18.1 C (on the 5th)

Extreme LOW  -11.1 (on the 22nd)

Rainfall  203.0 mm (about 120% above normal)

Snowfall  26.2 cm (slightly above normal)

Winter arrives early in W.Europe

Snow in Aberdeen, Scotland, 25 Nov 10

Britain shivered in sub-zero temperatures Thursday as snow fell unseasonably early, with more wintry weather on the way.

Up to 10 cm of snow fell in northern Scotland and northeast England, the earliest major snowfall in 17 years and snow also fell in Northern Ireland and Wales.

The cold spell is forecast to stretch into next week, with temperatures dropping to as low as -5C, much lower than usual for November.

Meantime, traffic near Cologne, Germany was crawling during rush hour on Friday, as motorists cleared paths of snow.

German forecasters warned of more heavy snowfall and ice over the weekend, with up to 10 centimetres expected to fall in twelve hours.

Temperatures throughout the country ranged from 0 C in the south and west to -7 C in higher areas of central Germany.

Snowy Thanksgiving in American West

Snow in Seattle, WA, USA 22 Nov 10

A swift-moving storm has battered much of the American West, Midwest and Great Lakes region during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Wind chills of -40 C in Montana were expected as well as blizzard conditions in Colorado where strong winds stirred falling snow into thick sheets of white.

North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin each braced for several centimetres of snow, while Illinois, Indiana and Ohio were warned of potential flooding.
Seattle, Washington was still recovering from a rare early snowfall earlier this week.
In Utah, businesses reported robust sales of generators and snow blowers while in Reno, Nevada officials called off a holiday tree-lighting ceremony and a tailgate party while Las Vegas tourists bundled up to cope with subfreezing temperatures.

Arctic air envelops Prairies

Frigid cold in the West (courtesy TWN)

Baby it’s cold out in the West!

An early Arctic blast has enveloped the Prairies, the B.C. Interior and Northwestern Ontario.

As much as 15 cm of snow has fallen on some of the major cities like Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary.

Daytime highs will barely climb above -20 C in some cases with even colder wind chills expected.

First snowfall of season

Victoria Park, Moncton, 20 Nov 10

Greater Moncton had its first taste of winter today when 4.4 cm of wet snow fell over several hours.

Much of the Maritimes received between 2 and 5 cm of the white stuff.

Although it seems early in New Brunswick, the date of this first snowfall is actually on par with past years.

The West Coast also had an unusual early taste of Old Man Winter today when 8 cm of snow fell in Vancouver, 13 cm in Victoria and 24 cm in Nanaimo.

Sun finally shines in flooded areas

Tusket River Bridge, NS 10 Nov 10 (CP)

Most evacuees have returned home and many states of emergency ended as water levels dropped in flooded southwestern Nova Scotia – one of the areas seriously damaged by days of record-breaking rainfall in the Maritimes. 

Flood officials were worried about dams in the area, including the Vaughn Lake Dam on the Tusket River but the dams held up.

In southern New Brunswick, especially near the Bay of Fundy, some roads or parts of roads were washed out and are being repaired.

Rain totals have been staggering over the past few days in the region:

Mechanic Settlement, NB (near Sussex)  340 mm (new record)

Yarmouth, NS  220 mm

Saint John, NB  180 mm

Moncton, NB  158 mm (monthly record 167 mm)

Rain, rain, go away!

Downtown Moncton flooding, 07 Nov 10 (TWN)

A record amount of rain has fallen in Southern New Brunswick over the past few days with Albert County and the Bay of Fundy region being the hardest hit areas according to Environment Canada.

Mechanic Settlement near Sussex has received more than 300 mm of rain so far this month – about three months of rain in a matter of days.

A number of roads in Albert County were either washed out completely or at least partially destroyed by nearby rushing rivers and streams.

Greater Moncton has recorded more than 140 mm since Friday and with high tide on the Petitcodiac River yesterday afternoon, the run off had no place to go but settle in downtown streets (pictured above).

Nova Scotia fared no better – Yarmouth and Argyle Districts declared a state of emergency after more than 220 mm of rain fell and cut off the entire community of Quinan near Yarmouth.

Tomas tears through Caribbean

Flooding in Leogane, Haiti, 07 Nov 10 (AFP)

Hurricane Tomas hammered the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti with heavy rains over the weekend and the town of Leogane – just west of Port-au-Prince – was the hardest hit.

Officials say at least 20 people were killed when Hurricane Tomas hit, triggering flooding and mudslides that also left some 6,000 families homeless on the island.

Cholera is once again a growing concern in Haiti which is still recovering from an earthquake in January.

1-2-3 Punch!

Courtesy TWN

Three low pressure systems are moving into the Atlantic region over the next couple of days bringing lots of rain and wind.

The powerful fall storm will give rain amounts of at least 60 mm in Greater Moncton with more than 100 mm possible along the Bay of Fundy coastline.

Wind gusts as high as 90 km/h are possible with this storm but no major problems are expected with trees coming down since most of the leaves have already fallen to the ground.

However, public works crews were busy clearing leaves away from storm drains to prevent localized flooding.