Melting in Moncton, 08 March 2012 (Dearing photo)
Southeast New Brunswick has endured a long, harsh winter and a lousy spring to date, so when the temperature finally climbs above 10°C there is reason to celebrate.
The daytime high in Greater Moncton today was 11.4°C and the last time the temperature reached double digits was on 12 January during a prolonged thaw.
The mild weather and slightly above normal temperatures will continue tomorrow but Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the region with as much as 50 mm expected along the Fundy coast.
Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)
As of yesterday, 03 April, Environment Canada recorded about 80 cm of snow on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.
Without a doubt that is a lot of snow for early April and early spring but incredibly not a record.
It was also very snowy during the same period in 1967 – 47 years ago! – when 84 cm of snow was lying on the ground.
However, the melting has already begun and the forecast is calling for near normal or slightly above normal temperatures for the next week.
The above picture shows the mountain of snow piled outside my home in NE Moncton and every week I will post an updated shot until it has all melted away.
Courtesy TWN, 01 April 2014
Students in Southeast New Brunswick enjoyed another day off today as a stubborn low pressure system stalled over the region bringing strong winds, snow, rain, freezing rain and ice pellets.
The storm has knocked down power lines and poles thanks to falling branches and trees.
Many have been without power in the Shediac and Bouctouche areas since Sunday night and warming centres have opened for those needing refuge.
I lost power in my northeast Moncton neighbourhood for almost three hours last night and the drive home was slow due to traffic light outages which often led to chaos at intersections.