October 2012 – Mild and wet

Irishtown Nature Park, 08 October 2012 (Dearing photo)

The fall mild trend continued in October in Greater Moncton.

The average temperature for the month was about 2.1 C above the 30-year-average but while it was warm it wasn’t necessarily sunny. 

Much of the month saw cloudy or overcast days the sun seldom appeared for an entire day.

While rainfall was average, slightly more than half of October’s total fell on one day (the 31st) when 51 mm came down thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy.

OCTOBER 2012 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH  13.9 C

Average LOW  4.6 C

AVERAGE  9.3 C (about 2.1 C above normal compared to the 30-year-average)

Extreme HIGH  22.0 C (on the 3rd)

Extreme LOW  -4.0 (on the 25th)

Rainfall  97.0 mm (near normal compared to the 30-year-average)

(Data is approximate courtesy wunderground.com)

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Sandy delivers mostly rain to NB

The remnants of Hurricane Sandy delivered mostly rain to New Brunswick with the heaviest amounts along the Bay of Fundy.

Moncton did receive a hefty amount of rain today – about half a month’s worth – but little wind.

Here are some rainfall totals for New Brunswick from Environment Canada:

Saint John  78.0 mm

St. Stephen  76.5 mm

Fredericton  56.8 mm

Moncton  51.0 mm

Sandy slams U.S. Northeast

Atlantic City, NJ, USA as Hurricane Sandy approaches, 29 Oct 2012 (AP)

Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline last night and hurled a record-breaking four metre surge of seawater at New York City. 

So far, more than 50 deaths are blamed on the storm with many victims killed by falling trees. 

Sandy knocked out power to more than eight million homes with large sections of Manhattan plunged into darkness as water pressed into the island from three sides, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads. 

The U.S. National Hurricane Center announced at 8 p.m. that Sandy had come ashore near Atlantic City and although technically it was no longer a hurricane, it still brought stinging rain and wind gusts of more than 135 kph.

Winds also gusted to more than 90 kph across Southern Ontario where a woman in Toronto was killed by a falling sign.

As the storm made its way toward land, Sandy converged with a cold weather system that turned into a monstrous hybrid consisting not only of rain and high wind but of snow. 

Parts of the Appalachian Mountains received up to 90 cm of snow. 

Storm damage was projected at $10 to $20 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

Hurricane Sandy coming ashore

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy (courtesy NOAA)

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall along the southern coast of New Jersey tonight.

Forecasters say in addition to long periods of sustained tropical storm-force winds, the storm will continue to produce historic surge levels along the coast.

In the U.S. Northeast, flights have been cancelled, train and subway service suspended, schools closed and even the New York Stock Exchange has shut down amid fears a surge of seawater could flood lower Manhattan.

The storm is being blamed for the sinking of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty off North Carolina and while the U.S. Coast Guard rescued most of the crew, two are still missing.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec and says rainfall amounts could reach 50 mm in some areas.

No warnings have been issued for the Maritimes yet but forecasters say rain will be more of a factor than wind for the region.

U.S. East Coast braces for “Frankenstorm”

Projected path of Sandy, 26 October 2012 (courtesy NOAA)

Hurricane Sandy continues to barrel north as the lowest category hurricane just as a winter storm moves across the west and Arctic air streams south.

Forecasters say if they meet over New Jersey or New York by Tuesday morning, it could create a big mess with rain, wind, high tides, snow and possibly even tornadoes.

Being dubbed “Frankenstorm” due to its Halloween week arrival, utility companies are already preparing for expected power outages and residents on the U.S. East Coast are being told to take necessary precautions.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre is tracking the storm and says Southern Ontario will likely be impacted the most by high winds although wind and rain are also likely for the Maritimes.

Hurricane Sandy slams Caribbean

Man surveys damage from Hurricane Sandy in Gibara, Cuba, 25 October 2012 (AP photo)

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Bahamas today after ripping across eastern Cuba where it downed trees and power lines and even destroyed homes.

The Category 2 hurricane has reportedly killed more than 21 people in the Caribbean.

Residents in the Bahamas formed long lines to stock up on water, canned goods, flashlights and other items, leaving grocery store shelves nearly empty.

Forecasters warn the hurricane could reach the U.S. East Coast where it could mix with a winter storm early next week.

Major snowstorm hits Alberta, Saskatchewan

Snow in Calgary, 23 October 2012 (TWN)

Residents of southern Alberta and central Saskatchewan were digging out today after the first major snowstorm of the season.

Calgary received about 15 cm, Lethbridge had 24 cm and Brooks was walloped with about 30 cm.

Gusty winds also led to cold wind chills.

The early snow means some ski resorts in the Rockies will open this weekend giving skiers one of the earliest starts to the season ever.

Leaves past peak but still stunning

Along Highway 114 near Hillsborough, NB, 19 October 2012 (Dearing photo)

The fall foliage may be past its peak in Southeast New Brunswick but the colours are still putting on a dazzling show as you can see from the snapshot above along Highway 114 near Hillsborough yesterday.

The last couple of days have also brought above normal temperatures to the region with the Greater Moncton Airport recording a high of 17.2 C yesterday and 18.4 C today and similar weather expected tomorrow.

Rafael brushes past Newfoundland

Rafael was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm as it moved into the North Atlantic past eastern Newfoundland this morning.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says rainfall was not really a factor for the island with only 6 mm reported at Cape Race.

A powerful storm surge did affect the southern Avalon Peninsula with waves crashing through a breakwater in Trepassey but there were no reports of injuries.

Hurricane Rafael could impact NFLD

Courtesy Canadian Hurricane Centre, 15 October 2012

Forecasters say Hurricane Rafael has formed in the Atlantic Ocean south of Bermuda.

The U.S. Hurricane Center said Monday night that Rafael’s top sustained winds had risen to near 120 kph, making it the ninth hurricane of the Atlantic season.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm will likely have an impact on eastern Newfoundland by late Wednesday with heavy rain but the wind threat is descreasing since the current track is putting Rafael far offshore.