August 2013 – Warm and dry

Parlee Beach, Shediac, NB, 11 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

Parlee Beach, Shediac, NB, 11 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

August 2013 didn’t prove to be too warm in Greater Moncton – with the exception of a couple days that reached 30°C – but there were plenty of mild days and evenings which was enough to push the average temperature above normal for the month.

Compared to June and July, August wasn’t plagued with thunderstorms and torrential downpours and only had a couple of really wet days which led to below normal precipitation for the month.

AUGUST 2013 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH 24.7°C

Average LOW 12.7°C

AVERAGE 18.6°C (about 0.7 degrees above normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)

Extreme HIGH 30.5°C (22 Aug)

Extreme LOW 7.5°C (25 Aug)

Rainfall 57.8 mm (about 27 percent below normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

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Weather Network releases fall forecast

Courtesy The Weather Network

Courtesy The Weather Network

Generally above normal temperatures are forecast for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick during September, October and November according to The Weather Network.

In its fall 2013 outlook, TWN says near normal amounts of precipitation can be expected.

But also warns a tropical system or two could give some swaths of slightly above average rainfall.

Autumn averages in Moncton (Sep-Oct-Nov)

HIGH 13.2°C, LOW 3.6°C

AVERAGE 8.4°C

Precipitation (mostly rain) 293.4 mm

Rain is needed

Despite a relatively dry month, flowers are flourishing in downtown Moncton, 24 Aug 2013 (Dearing)

Despite a relatively dry month, flowers are flourishing in downtown Moncton, 24 Aug 2013 (Dearing)

After the downpours we’ve had this summer in Greater Moncton, I never thought I’d say that we need rain but we do!

We had a bit of rain today but the last time we had significant rain was 09 August – more than two weeks ago.

Environment Canada says the next best chance for rain is Thursday.

With only a week left in August, Moncton is sitting at about 47 mm of rain with the monthly normal at about 80 mm.

Pleasant day for Moncton Pride

Moncton Pride Parade, 24 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

Moncton Pride Parade, 24 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Moncton this afternoon to see the annual River of Pride parade.

The weather was almost perfect with a sunny sky, a light breeze and a temperature near 22°C.

After the parade, a gathering was held at Riverfront Park with speeches, music, food and fun!

The heat returns!

August has been pleasant so far in Greater Moncton with slightly above average temperatures but we have lacked real heat compared to July.

But that all changed today when the thermometer hit 30.5°C in Moncton – the first time we have surpassed the 30 degree mark since July 20th!

Technically we hit the mark yesterday too with a high of 29.8°C.

But the heat will be short-lived with cooler weather on the way for the weekend.

Accuweather unveils fall forecast

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Although there is still plenty of summer left, Accuweather is already looking ahead to fall.

Much of Atlantic Canada can expect unseasonably warm and dry weather as a persistent area of high pressure prevails across the region.

Sea surface temperatures of the northwest Atlantic Ocean are expected remain well above normal which will also be a factor in the warming trend.

However, at least one tropical cyclone could still directly impact the Atlantic coast from September into early October as the hurricane season becomes more active.

The heat is on in Nunavut!

Courtesy The Weather Network

Courtesy The Weather Network

When you think of warm weather during the summer, normally Nunavut doesn’t come to mind.

But temperatures were soaring into the 20’s Celsius yesterday on many of the southern islands in the territory and it was close to 30°C on the mainland.

The warmth is due to a northerly flow of the jet stream which has been creating record high temperatures recently throughout the Far North.

It’s been warm… but it should be warmer

changeThis is the height of summer in New Brunswick when temperatures should be at their peak.

But since the beginning of August, temperatures in Greater Moncton have been in the low 20’s Celsius when they really should be in the high 20’s.

But that is about to change as the jet stream, which has been trending further north, will begin to move south later this week and finally bring more seasonable weather for mid-August.

The northerly jet stream has brought above normal heat to the north with temperatures near 30°C at Whitehorse and Yellowknife and even 20°C in Iqaluit.

When it rains it pours…

Much of New Brunswick has experienced several downpours so far this summer and yesterday was no exception.

Greater Moncton managed to get away relatively easy with 17 mm of rain as of early this morning but other areas were not as lucky.

Environment Canada notes that already saturated St. Stephen had 56 mm while Saint John, Fredericton and Kouchibouguac each had almost 50 mm.

Hail pounds Southeast New Brunswick

Aftermath of hail and heavy rain in Shediac, NB, 05 August 2013 (Dame Nature/Facebook)

Aftermath of hail and heavy rain in Shediac, NB, 05 August 2013 (Dame Nature/Facebook)

Severe thunderstorms rolled across Southeast New Brunswick today bringing winds, heavy rain and even hail to some areas.

In the Shediac and Pointe-du-Chene area, marble-sized hail fell for more than twenty minutes covering the ground in white.

Heavy downpours also caused minor, localized flooding in the region.

Environment Canada says the unsettled weather is expected to end around midnight.