Moncton meteorological winter 2013-14

Blizzard conditions in downtown Moncton, 22 Jan 2013 (Dearing)

Blizzard conditions in downtown Moncton, 22 Jan 2013 (Dearing)

With meteorological winter now behind us – December, January and February – it’s time to assess how the period compares to an average season.

Despite complaints from snow haters that it was the snowiest winter in ages, in fact snowfall was only 20 percent above normal with much more – 40 percent – rain than usual.

We all know it was cold – except for a week-long January thaw – but it was only 0.2 degrees Celsius below the long term average which is barely noticeable.

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER ’13-’14 (at Greater Moncton International Airport)

Daily Average  -7.3°C (0.2 degrees BELOW the 30-year average 1981-2010)

Extreme HIGH  11.2°C (12 Jan)

Extreme LOW  -28.1°C (02 Jan)

Snowfall  256.3 cm (normal 205.2 cm; 20 percent ABOVE average)

Rainfall  185.6 mm (normal 111.4 mm; 40 percent ABOVE average)