February 2014 – Lots more snow!

Moncton pedestrians choose street over sidewalk after messy mix, 14 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

Moncton pedestrians choose street over sidewalk after messy mix, 14 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

The snowbanks kept getting higher and higher in Greater Moncton during February thanks to several snowfalls including a blizzard which dropped 40 percent of the month’s total.

Both rain and snow totals were well above average during the month.

Daytime highs were not as mild as in January but overnight lows were not as cold either.

FEBRUARY 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH  -2.7°C

Average LOW  -11.5°C

AVERAGE  -7.1°C (about 0.5 degrees above normal for the 30-year average 1981-2010)

Extreme HIGH  7.7°C (22 Feb)

Extreme LOW  -20.8°C (11 Feb)

Rainfall  39.4 mm (almost 40 percent above normal)

Snowfall  92.7 cm (more than 40 percent above normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Snow squall causes massive Ontario pileup

Courtesy CTV

Courtesy CTV

A snow squall is being blamed for causing a massive pileup along Ontario’s Highway 400 near Barrie.

Almost 100 vehicles were involved when visibility was reduced to near zero as a squall moved quickly through the region around 9am today.

Police say no one was seriously hurt but the highway was shut down for most of the day.

Meteorological winter nears end

tmp_SC20140226-173424-11252455355Winter is coming to an end in the Northern Hemisphere – meteorological winter that is, which includes the months of December, January and February.

The three month period has proven to be quite a rollercoaster ride in Southeast New Brunswick.

A series of wintry weather systems including a lengthy ice storm in late December followed by a prolonged January thaw and a very snowy February has led to an interesting season so far.

Heavy snow falls along B.C. south coast

Courtesy The Weather Network

Courtesy The Weather Network

The normally balmy south coast of British Columbia has experienced a taste of wintry weather.

Between 20-50 cm of snow piled up in some areas through Monday, snarling travel plans and cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses.

The east coast of Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley were hit the hardest and were under a snowfall warning for much of yesterday.

Fast moving systems dump more snow on N.B.

When we woke up yesterday morning in Greater Moncton, the sun was shining but after 15 cm of snow had fallen overnight in just a few hours.

Flash forward to this morning, the sun was trying to break through the clouds after another 8 cm of snow had fallen overnight.

The latest dumpings of snow are thanks to a couple of fast-moving low pressure systems which moved up the Atlantic coast and over New Brunswick toward Newfoundland.

More precipitation is in store for the region this weekend but given milder temperatures in the forecast, rain is favoured over snow.

Blizzard blasts New Brunswick and P.E.I.

Downtown Moncton is quiet during blizzard, 16 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

Downtown Moncton is quiet during blizzard, 16 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

A second winter storm in as many days has blasted New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia with heavy snow and strong winds creating poor visibility.

Police were asking residents to stay home and motorists were being urged to use extreme caution on the roads if they had to venture out.

As I drove to work this morning on Wheeler Boulevard in Moncton, my vehicle became stuck in snow as several vehicles were left stranded ahead of me.

Fortunately, two off-duty paramedics pushed me out shortly after a plow had gone by to clear at least one lane of traffic.

Snow totals and peak wind gusts courtesy Environment Canada:

Greater Moncton Airport  37 cm/ 91 kmh

Bathurst  41 cm/ 74 kmh

Saint John  27 cm/ 82 kmh

Charlottetown  16 cm/ 80 kmh

Summerside 23 cm/ 93 kmh

Is Sochi hosting winter or summer games?

Warm, sunny day in Sochi, Russia, 12 Feb 2014 (AP)

Warm, sunny day in Sochi, Russia, 12 Feb 2014 (AP)

A stretch of warm weather in Sochi have some wondering if the Russian resort city is hosting the Winter Olympics or the Summer Olympics.

The warmest day of the games so far was 08 February when the thermometer climbed to 21 C.

A recent five day stretch saw daytime highs of 16 C or higher and temperatures have even climbed above freezing in the nearby alpine venues.

The warmth has created snow-related problems for some of the outdoor events.

Between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, Sochi has a subtropical climate with an average high of 10 C and average low of 3 C in February.

Storm brings messy mix of precipitation

Moncton pedestrians choose street over sidewalk after messy mix, 14 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

Moncton pedestrians choose street over sidewalk after messy mix, 14 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

Residents of Greater Moncton are cleaning up a messy mix of precipitation today after a nasty winter storm delivered 9 cm of snow, 34 mm of rain and a small amount of freezing rain.

The rain and melting snow led to scattered flooding throughout the city with many pedestrians choosing to walk in the streets instead of on wet, icy sidewalks.

Snowfall amounts were higher in northern New Brunswick with almost 50 cm recorded in Bathurst while rainfall was greatest in southern areas with Saint John reporting 40 mm.

The same system also delivered heavy snow to the American Northeast yesterday with 18 cm at Washington, DC (National Airport), 32 cm at New York City (Central Park) and more than 60 cm falling in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Vermont.

To make matters even worse, another storm is expected to follow a similar path this weekend with snow and blowing snow creating blizzard conditions.

Cuba sizzles under strong winter sun

Beach at Club Karey, Varadero, Cuba, 06 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

Beach at Club Karey, Varadero, Cuba, 06 Feb 2014 (Dearing)

To escape a nasty New Brunswick winter, I visited Cuba (Feb 3-10) for some fun in the sun.

Temperatures at the beach resort of Varadero were well above normal during my stay with daytime maximums reaching 30 C or higher on six days and warm overnight lows from 17 C to 22 C.

Normal highs and lows for early February are 26 C and 18 C respectively.

The most comfortable times were early mornings and late afternoons as I sought shade under a palapa with a cold drink during the midday sun.

Winter is traditionally the dry season on the island with only a couple hours of heavy rain recorded late one evening.