Late winter storm on the way

650x366_03111333_hd12Environment Canada has been sending special weather statements about this storm since Sunday and the system seems to change every time there is an update.

Rain is mostly expected for Nova Scotia while snow is the forecast for New Brunswick although total amounts are still unclear.

Some models are suggesting Greater Moncton could receive up to 30 cm of snow while others indicate less than 15 cm will fall.

 

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)

Bone-chilling cold hangs on

cold tempsAn Arctic air mass continues its grip on New Brunswick.

Environment Canada reports that more communities set new record lows this morning including Kouchibouguac at -22.7°C and Bouctouche at -22.8°C.

Moncton was close but no cigar – the low today was -22°C and the record is -22.4°C from 1989.

The coldspot in the province was Edmundston where it fell to -30 degrees.

The Weather Network unveils spring outlook

TWN springIn its spring 2014 forecast covering the months of March, April and May, the Weather Network says temperatures should be near normal in the Maritimes.

Precipitation is expected to be above normal especially in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Here are the seasonal averages for Moncton, according to TWN:

HIGH  9.3°C

LOW  -1.1°C

Precipitation: 291.6 mm

Record cold grips New Brunswick

It was very cold but not quite cold enough to break a new record in Greater Moncton this morning.

Environment Canada says the temperature plunged to -23.7°C at the airport but today’s record is actually -26.1°C from 1950.

However, at least six New Brunswick communities did set new record lows today as an Arctic air mass continues to grip the region.

Environment Canada says Bathurst set a new low of -33.4°C which breaks the old record of -27.5°C from 1995.

Other communities which recorded new lows today were Kouchibouguac, Bouctouche, Alma, Miscou Island and Point Lepreau.

Great Lakes mostly frozen over

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

It has been a very cold winter in Central Canada and the American Midwest and proof of that is the mostly frozen Great Lakes.

As of this week, scientists say 88 percent of the Great Lakes are frozen over which is a level not seen since 1994.

Lakes Erie and Huron are almost entirely frozen while the much deeper Lake Ontario contains much less ice.