September 2013 – Warm and wet start to fall

Fall colours in NE Moncton, NB, 30 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Fall colours in NE Moncton, NB, 30 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Summer seemed to go by so fast in Southeast New Brunswick this year that it wanted to continue on quite nicely in September.

Environment Canada data shows that both temperatures and precipitation were above normal for the month.

Greater Moncton saw daytime highs in the 20s Celsius well into late month and although a number of overnight lows were pretty chilly, no frost was recorded in my NE Moncton neighbourhood.

SEPTEMBER 2013 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH  19.6°C

Average LOW  8.9°C

AVERAGE  14.3°C (0.7 degrees above normal based on 30-year average of 1981-2010)

Extreme HIGH  25.9°C (22 Sept)

Extreme LOW  1.7°C (17 Sept)

Rainfall  127.8 mm (27 percent above normal based on 30-year average of 1981-2010)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

BC battered by stormy weather

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, 29 Sept 2013 (PNG)

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, 29 Sept 2013 (PNG)

A wintry-like storm delivering heavy wind and rain battered Southwestern British Columbia over the weekend.

Meteorologists say wind gusts were hurricane-force at Tofino on Vancouver Island last night near 105 km/h.

Numerous ferry crossings had to be cancelled between the island and the mainland during the turbulent weather.

Meantime, apple growers in the Okanagan Valley are counting their losses today after a hail storm blew through the region yesterday.

One farmer may have lost about 60 percent of his crop according to a neighbour.

Glorious day for the beach!

Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele, NB, 29 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele, NB, 29 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Although it was the last weekend of September and fall is officially here, it turned out to be a great weekend for the beach in Southeast New Brunswick.

I visited Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele today with friends and it was absolutely glorious – sunshine with barely a cloud in the sky and a temperature near 24°C!

It could easily have been any day in July – unfortunately it wasn’t – but here’s hoping for more warm, sunny autumn days!

Wet start to autumn

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

The autumnal equinox officially arrived in New Brunswick today at 5:44 pm ADT.

It was a warm and windy day in Greater Moncton with a high of 25.9°C – the warmest daytime high so far this September!

Forecasters are calling for a wet start to the fall season in Atlantic Canada thanks to the merger of two low pressure systems (see above).

Bye bye summer!

Aboiteau Wharf at Cap-Pele, NB, 21 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Wharf at Cap-Pele, NB, 21 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

It was only fitting that I spent the last full day of astronomical summer 2013 at the beach!

Parlee Beach in Shediac and the beach at Aboiteau Wharf in Cap-Pele were my destinations.

The weather was amazing – a light breeze under a sunny sky with a temperature in the low 20’s C.

The overall summer in Greater Moncton was wetter than normal but with above average temperatures according to Environment Canada.

Hundreds missing in Colorado floods

Vehicles submerged by flooding near Greeley, Colorado, USA, 14 Sept 2013 (AP)

Vehicles submerged by flooding near Greeley, Colorado, USA, 14 Sept 2013 (AP)

Historic flooding in the state of Colorado, USA has left at least 6 people dead and more than 500 missing according to emergency management officials.

The state has asked the federal government for up to 20 counties to be considered disaster areas so they will be eligible for relief.

Heavy rains have caused rivers and streams to overflow and the deluge has also led to ten oil spills.

The hardest hit areas have been north and east of Denver, Colorado’s state capital.

Manuel and Ingrid prove deadly in Mexico

A car buried in mud after flooding in Chilpancingo, Mexico, 19 Sept 2013 (AP)

A car buried in mud after flooding in Chilpancingo, Mexico, 19 Sept 2013 (AP)

The rare one-two punch from Hurricane Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid have left a death toll of more than 100 people in Mexico according to the Reuters news agency.

Manuel has broken down and is now simply a low pressure system heading for Texas, USA which is actually welcome news for the drought-stricken state.

However, it brought astounding rainfall amounts of between 200 and 300 mm which caused widespread flooding and mudslides over mountainous terrain.

The Pacific coast resort cities of Acapulco and Mazatlan were among the hardest hit regions of the country and the cleanup is now underway.

Ingrid began strengthening in the Bay of Campeche after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula and slammed communities along the Gulf of Mexico as a strong tropical storm.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon in Halifax, NS, 18 Sept 2013 (The Weather Network)

Harvest Moon in Halifax, NS, 18 Sept 2013 (The Weather Network)

The Harvest Moon – the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox – appeared last night.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Harvest Moon got its name because it marked a time when the corn was to be harvested.

At the peak of harvest, before tractor lights, farmers worked by the the light of the moon to gather their crops.

Frosty morning for many in NB

Scattered frost was reported across Southeast New Brunswick this morning – the first of the season for many but none was found in my northeast Moncton neighborhood.

Environment Canada indicated a low of 1.7°C at the Greater Moncton International Airport in Dieppe compared to the record of -1.7°C from 1948.

Saint John dropped slightly below freezing at -0.1°C while Fredericton also fell to 1.7°C.

Edmundston was the cold spot in the province today with a low of -2.5°C.

Terrific day for Terry Fox Run

Downtown Moncton from Gunningsville Bridge, 15 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Downtown Moncton from Gunningsville Bridge, 15 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Sunshine with a few clouds greeted participants in the annual Greater Moncton Terry Fox Run held at Riverfront Park.

Humid, tropical air since mid-week gave way to a much drier and seasonable day with a high today of 20°C.

Hundreds of all ages took part and this year’s event raised almost $15,000 for cancer research – the most successful run in at least 15 years.