June 2012 – Cooler than normal

Lilacs coming into bloom (file photo)

The average monthly temperature in June was slightly below normal in Greater Moncton breaking a warmer than normal trend that actually began one year ago – monthly temperatures have not been below normal since June 2011.

The first part of the month was exceptionally cool with a couple of days that failed to reach a daytime high of 10 Celsius and overnight lows for the first half of June were chilly.

Many days were mostly cloudy although those clouds did not produce much precipitation except on the 26th when more than half of the monthly rainfall fell setting a new record for the date.

JUNE 2012 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH  20.23 C

Average LOW  9.67 C

AVERAGE  14.95 C (slightly below the 30-year average of 1971-2000)

Extreme HIGH  30.3 C (on June 30th)

Extreme LOW  5.0 C (on June 2nd)

Rainfall  73.67 mm (about 20% below normal based on 30-year average)

Tornado touches down in Saskatchewan

Mammatus Clouds above Moose Jaw, SK, 26 June 2012 (TWN)

At least one tornado touched down near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan yesterday.

The Weather Network says the twister hit a wide open field and no damage or injuries were reported.

Environment Canada issued a tornado warning for the area but that was dropped about an hour later as the storm cell weakened.

At the same time, strange looking clouds could be seen above Regina and Moose Jaw yesterday.

Interior BC hit by flooding

House swept away in Two Mile, BC, 25 June 2012 (CP photo)

Rapid snowmelt and recent wet weather has caused rivers and streams to spill their banks in Interior British Columbia.

Hardest hit has been the town of Sicamous, north of Kelowna, where hundreds have been forced to evacuate and one person has been killed.

At least one home was swept away and dozens more homes and cars have been damaged in flash floods.

The region depends heavily on summer tourism with marinas, boat rentals, motels and shops all suffering as a result of the flooding.

Soaker for some parts of NB

Courtesy Accuweather.com

A rainfall warning is in effect for western and southern portions of New Brunswick.

A deepening low pressure system just west of Nova Scotia will move northward to lie over the state of Maine tonight.

Up to 90 mm of rain could fall over parts of the region by tomorrow night.

Greater Moncton has escaped a rainfall warning but upwards of 30 mm could still fall.

UPDATE: A new rainfall record of 41.4 mm was set at the Greater Moncton Airport on Tuesday.

Debby dumps on Florida

Even an alligator tries to escape the Florida flooding, 25 June 2012 (Bay News 9 photo)

After swirling for days in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Debby finally made landfall on Florida’s west coast today dumping heavy rain on the already saturated region.

The U.S. Hurricane Centre says almost 600 mm (24 inches) of rain has fallen in an area north of Tampa and Debby has sustained winds of about 65 km/h.

A combination of storm surge and high tides is expected to bring more flooding to towns along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

A state of emergency was declared in Florida yesterday and as much as 200 mm of rain could still fall in parts of northern parts of the state and Georgia over the next couple of days.

An evening at Aboiteau Beach

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 25 June 2012 (Dearing photo)

Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele has to be one of my favourite places in New Brunswick.

Last night, a friend and I decided to go to the beach mainly because it was a beautiful day and according to forecasters the only dry day expected this week.

I even waded into the Northumberland Strait and the water was actually quite warm for late June.

“Zombie hurricane” Chris

Chris in the North Atlantic, 21 June 2012 (courtesy NOAA)

Chris spent mere hours Thursday as the first Atlantic hurricane of the season and now has weakened to a tropical storm.

Forecasters called Chris a “zombie hurricane” because given its location in the North Atlantic so early in the season in colder waters, it should be dead but it continues to churn.

The storm is roughly 500 km SE of the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and is not expected to have any wind or rain impact on land.

Record highs in NB

The first day of summer proved to be record-breaking in many parts of New Brunswick.

Environment Canada says new highs were set at Kouchibouguac reaching 32.0 Celsius, Bouctouche at 30.6 C and Bathurst at 29.9 C.

The high at the Greater Moncton Airport was 29.8 just shy of the record of 30.0 from 2001.

The provincial hotspot yesterday was St. Stephen at 32.7 degrees while the Canadian hotspot was Ottawa at a sizzling 35.0 C!

Summer officially arrives


Petunias on my deck, 13 June 2012

It only seems fitting that on the day that summer officially arrives in New Brunswick, it also feels “sultry” for the first time this year.

Summer officially arrives tonight at 8:09 pm which means we have the most hours of daylight – almost 16 in fact – of any day in 2012.

We have had an incredible spring in Greater Moncton with lots of warm, dry weather and many forecasters are predicting a similar scenario will play out this summer.

Heat is coming!

Hot weather has been noticeably absent this June in Southeast New Brunswick.

But forecasters say that is about to change later this week.

So far this month, temperatures have barely climbed into the low 20’s Celsius but by mid-week parts of New Brunswick could hit 30 C and it will feel even warmer with the humidex.

Ontario and Quebec are also expected to experience the hottest weather so far this year.