September 2011 – Spectacular!

Sunset over Moncton, 29 Sept 2011 (TWN)

After two very wet months in July and August, the amount of precipitation dropped off dramatically in September – so little rain fell during the month that only a fraction of the normal amount was recorded.

And after the so-called “Summer of Our Discontent 2011” in New Brunswick with lots of cloudy, wet days, September proved to be warm, sunny and dry.

It was almost as if summer had arrived in September – better late than never I suppose. 

SEPTEMBER 2011 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  21.5 C

Average LOW  9.7 C

AVERAGE  15.6 C (about 2.6 C above normal for the 30-year average 1971-2000)

Extreme HIGH  27.3 C (on the 25th, new record high for the date)

Extreme LOW  0.6 C (on the 28th, with scattered frost)

Rainfall  19.0 mm (about 80% below normal)

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Beach day in late September!

Parlee Beach, NB, 26 Sept 2011 (Dearing photo)

October will arrive in only a few days but can you believe today was a great day at Parlee Beach in Shediac?

The temperature reached 25 C and with the humidex it felt closer to 30.

Several dozen beachgoers sunbathed and even swam on a day that felt more like July 26th than September 26th.

Although the summer of 2011 – which I’ve dubbed the “Summer of Our Discontent” – was lousy in New Brunswick, we sure are making up for it this September.

Fabulous day for football!

CFL at Moncton Stadium, 25 Sept 2011 (Facebook)

The CFL returned to Moncton this afternoon with another regular season game (Hamilton TigerCats vs. Calgary Stampeders and TiCats won) and the weather could not have been more spectacular.

Under a beautiful blue sky, the temperature in Greater Moncton hit 27.3 C (32 with humidex) breaking the old high of 25.6 C set back in 1958.

The hotspot in New Brunswick today was set at Kouchibouguac with 28.3 C.

New record highs were also reached at Bouctouche 27.0 C, Bathurst 26.8 C and St.Leonard 26.3 C.

Hurricane Hilary kills 3 in SW Mexico

Hurricane Hilary (courtesy NOAA)

Hurricane Hilary moved away from Mexico’s southwestern coast in the Pacific as a powerful Category 4 storm Friday as search teams recovered the bodies of three fishermen caught in the storm.

The hurricane was not forecast to make landfall, but forecasters say Mexico’s Pacific coast has been affected by wind, rain and heavy surf from Hilary.

The three fishermen went out to sea Thursday despite a hurricane warning according to Guerrero state officials and navy rescue crews found the bodies Friday in the waters off the town of Marquelia.

Hilary’s maximum sustained winds late Friday were near 230 kph and the hurricane was centered about 260 kilometres south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving west at near 15 kph.

(With files from The Associated Press)

Last day of summer…

Sunflowers in Moncton, 21 Sept 2011 (TWN)

This is the last full day of summer.

Although the Summer of 2011 was a dud in much of New Brunswick given all of the cloud and rain we had in July and August, September has proven to be mostly dry and delightful.

Fall equinox happens at 6:05AM AT on Friday, when the sun crosses the equator heading south for the season.

Nippy night in NB

Most tomato plants in Moncton survived a cool night (TWN)

Temperatures were mighty cool throughout New Brunswick early this morning thanks to a clear sky and a cool air mass.

Edmundston bottomed out at -1.5 C, St. Leonard dropped to -0.3 C and Fredericton got as low as 0.6 C but no records were broken.

In Greater Moncton, we dipped to 2.7 C with scattered frost throughout low-lying areas of the city.

In my NE Moncton neighbourhood, I brought my tomato plants inside but left my petunias on the deck and they turned out fine.

Maria marches into Newfoundland

Hurricane Maria over North Atlantic, 16 Sept 2011 (NASA)

Hurricane Maria (Category 1) made landfall this afternoon along Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula near Argentia.

Top winds were clocked at 103 km/h which is no breeze in the park but it was much less than projected from Environment Canada.

As Maria raced across the Avalon toward St. John’s, she was downgraded to a tropical storm bringing heavy rains and high winds to the Newfoundland capital.

No major power outages and little damage from the storm were reported.

Snow in NW Ontario!

Snow in Dryden, ON,14 Sept 2011 (TWN)

The calendar says it is mid-September but that didn’t stop a little snow from falling over Northwestern Ontario today.

Temperatures were only a few degrees above freezing allowing a cold rain to become snow in communities like Dryden and Red Lake.

Having lived in the region for more than six years, I can say this is early for the first snow.

Although one year when I lived in Fort Frances, it snowed one centimetre on September 29th and again on September 30th.

Spectacular September!

Foggy sunrise Moncton, 13 Sept 2011            (Dearing photo)

Let’s face it… the summer of 2011 in much of New Brunswick was the summer of our discontent – rainy, often grey skies, little sun and temperatures that were barely average.

But so far in the month of September, the weather has been absolutely spectacular!

Late summer and early fall typically feature the best weather of the year and thankfully this year is proving to be no exception.

Today in Greater Moncton, the thermometer hit 25 C with a humidex of 30 under a clear, blue sky – gotta love it!

Risk of frost!

Sunrise over Petitcodiac River, 09 Sept 2011        (Dearing photo)

Cool air is settling in over New Brunswick tonight and frost is possible in many areas.

Environment Canada warns of a risk of frost in Greater Moncton with a low tonight of 4 except 7 along parts of the coast.

The average first fall frost date in Moncton is Sept. 27.

Frost warnings have been posted in the western and northern areas of the province except for the Acadian Peninsula (surrounding water helps keep temperatures from dropping too low).