April 2012 – Ups and downs of spring

 

Parlee Beach, 17 April 2012 (Dearing photo)

Environment Canada says April 2012 was about 2.3 degrees warmer than average in Greater Moncton which continues a trend which began over the winter.

Overall it was a fairly typical topsy-turvy April with a record high of 25.0 C and some days which barely climbed above freezing.

Wind direction plays a big role during spring with northerly winds from the chilly Northumberland Strait keeping the temperature down while southerly winds bring the thermometer up.

Precipitation was slightly below normal overall with much of the snow falling on one day – Easter Sunday.

APRIL 2012 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  11.4 C

Average LOW  -0.5 C

AVERAGE  5.5 C  (about 2.3 C above the 30-year-average)

Extreme HIGH  25.0 C (on the 17th)

Extreme LOW  -7.0 C (on the 1st)

Rainfall  54.8 mm  (slightly below normal)

Snowfall  24.4 cm  (slightly below normal)

Last cold shot of spring?

Trees in bud this month in Moncton (Dearing file)

Temperatures in Greater Moncton couldn’t climb out of the chilly single digits this weekend.

Yesterday, we saw snow flurries with a high of only 4.9 C and early this morning the thermometer sunk to a nippy -3.7 C.

Compare those numbers to a normal high of 13 C and a normal low of 2 C for the end of April.

But forecasters say warmer temperatures are on the way with a possible high of 20 C by midweek and many garden centres are now open for the season.

Spring rain at last !

Magnolia tree in bloom soaking up rain in Moncton, 23 April 2012 (Dearing photo)

After a dry winter and a rather dry spring to date, the rain is finally falling in Southeast New Brunswick.

Environment Canada has rain in the forecast for the entire week and some impressive totals have been recorded so far.

New records were set at Saint John Airport with 44.3 mm of rain yesterday and in Bathurst at 20.8 mm.

Greater Moncton officially recorded less than 5 mm but heavier showers fell overnight.

The same system has brought snow to parts of Southern Ontario, Quebec and the American Northeast.

Daffodils are up!

Daffodils in downtown Moncton, 20 April 2012

Spring has sprung and so have the daffodils in Greater Moncton! 

Daffodils are among the earliest flowering plants in New Brunswick and it’s great to see them back again. 

Crocuses have already been up for several weeks now and so has the dreaded dandelion – but it didn’t make its first appearance on my lawn until a few days ago! 

A farmer I spoke to this week said that virtually “everything” is about two weeks earlier than usual due to the warm spring weather in New Brunswick.

Beach weather in April!

Parlee Beach, NB, 17 April 2012 (Dearing photo)

Can you believe it was another beach day in Southeastern New Brunswick? 

Many sunseekers also bravely dipped into the chilly water at Parlee Beach. 

For the third day in a row, temperatures across the province set new record highs in the mid-to-high 20′s Celsius. 

Greater Moncton Airport hit 25.0 C today breaking the old record of 22.2 C from 1973. 

The provincial (and Canadian) hotspot today was Bathurst at 27.0 C. 

A cooldown is on the way for tomorrow as Environment Canada forecasts a high of 13 C for Moncton.

Topsy Turvy Spring

Moncton skyline looking east, 11 April 2012 (Dearing photo)

A rollercoaster ride is likely the best way to describe spring in New Brunswick.

Afterall last Sunday 22 cm of snow fell in Greater Moncton while today, we came very close to setting a new record – official high today was 18.9 C while the record is 19.4 C from 1994.

The hotspot in the province was Fredericton at 22.3 C and new records were set at Alma 18.2 C, Kouchibouguac 18.1 C and Saint John (Airport) 16.3 C.

More warm weather is on the way with Environment Canada forecasting a high of 22 C in Greater Moncton for the next two days – so look for more records to fall!

Alaska sets snow records

Moose crossing near Anchorage AK, USA (AP photo)

When it came to snow during the winter of 2011-12 in New Brunswick, we had nothing to complain about – especially compared to Alaska where it has snowed and snowed and snowed some more.

In Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, it is still snowing this weekend and a new winter record of 342 cm has been set – beating the previous benchmark from the 1950’s.

At the height of the snow overload, streets became snow-walled canyons that shielded homes and roofs collapsed on many older commercial buildings.

But the Anchorage snow total still pales in comparison to the town of Haines on Alaska’s Panhandle, which has recorded 915 cm of snow this winter – smashing its previous record of 784 cm set five years ago.

A White Easter!

Snow in Fredericton NB, 08 April 2012 (Dearing photo)

Happy Easter and happy snow!?!

A low pressure system over the Gulf of St. Lawrence has delivered heavy, wet snow to eastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia.

Snowfall amounts (as of 9 pm ADT according to Environment Canada) have ranged from 10 cm in Bathurst to 22 cm in Moncton.

The snow may not be a welcome sight but the precipitation is needed during a very dry spring to date.

Rain is in the forecast for the next few days so the snow won’t be around for long.

Snow for Easter!

April can be an unpredictable month for weather in Southeast New Brunswick and this Easter weekend is no exception.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Greater Moncton with up to 20 cm expected starting tonight.

A low pressure system is moving into the region and will lie over the Gulf of St. Lawrence bringing snow and strong northerly winds.

These winds combined with high tide will produce strong waves and rough pounding surf along the shorelines overnight and into Sunday afternoon.