June 2014 – Wet and surprisingly warm

Aboiteau Beach, NB, 08 June 2014 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach, NB, 08 June 2014 (Dearing)

After several months with below normal temperatures in Greater Moncton, the thermometer finally rebounded in June.

However, the month proved to be extremely variable with some days barely reaching the teens and other days in the high twenties.

Rainfall was abundant with four major rain events: 06 June, 14-15, 18 and 26.

JUNE 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 21.9°C

Average LOW 9.5°C

AVERAGE 15.7°C (0.5 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH 31.0°C (30 June)

Extreme LOW 2.9°C (01 June)

Rainfall 153.0 mm (about 60 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Here’s the heat!

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 28 June 2014 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 28 June 2014 (Dearing)

Ask and you shall receive!

After just wondering where the heat was this month, warm weather finally arrived today after two days of heavy rain.

Many locations in New Brunswick soared above 30 C for the first time since last summer.

The hot spot was St. Stephen at 31.4 C.

Greater Moncton hit 29 C but Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures above 30 C for the next couple days.

Where’s the heat?

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 23 June 2014 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 23 June 2014 (Dearing)

After a weekend of unsettled weather, the last couple days have been sunny and warm in Southeast New Brunswick.

But some are asking, where’s the heat?

Recent temperatures have been pleasant with daytime highs in the mid to upper 20s Celsius.

But as June quickly draws to a close and with almost half the year gone, the thermometer has yet to reach 30 C in Greater Moncton.

Environment Canada is suggesting that could change with a high of 29 C expected by this weekend.

Chilly end to spring

A bed of tulips in Moncton, 30 May 2014 (Dearing)

A bed of tulips in Moncton, 30 May 2014 (Dearing)

It comes as no surprise, but temperatures are almost as chilly on the last day of spring in Southeast New Brunswick as they were on the first day of the season.

In Greater Moncton, the daytime high barely reached 14 C on Friday which is at least 8 C below normal for late June.

A cold front moved through the region last night which brought thunderstorms including hail in some areas and temperatures dropped considerably as as result.

Environment Canada is predicting summer like temperatures will return on Sunday.

Tornado tears up Southern Ontario

Residents of Angus, Ontario assess tornado damage, 17 June 2014 (Instagram)

Residents of Angus, Ontario assess tornado damage, 17 June 2014 (Instagram)

The damage is being assessed in the small town of Angus, Ontario after thunderstorms spawned a tornado last evening.

Environment Canada officials have confirmed a twister touched down about 100 km north of Toronto but no one was seriously hurt.

Dozens of homes were damaged and while some minor injuries were reported, emergency crews say the tornado struck when most residents were awake and children were home likely preventing casualties.

Meantime, several golfers on a course near Stouffville were injured after being struck by lightning as the severe weather hit.

Wet weekend in Maritimes

Halifax, NS in fog, 14 June 2014 (Dearing)

Halifax, NS in fog, 14 June 2014 (Dearing)

Southeast New Brunswick has gone from very dry to very wet in a matter of days.

Greater Moncton has received almost 70 mm of rain since Friday while 55 mm fell in Saint John according to Environment Canada.

A slow moving system brought clouds, rain and fog across the Maritimes.

A weekend visit to Nova Scotia was very soggy with fog enveloping Halifax on Saturday night.

Rainbow on a sombre day

Rainbow over Greater Moncton, 10 June 2014 (Facebook)

Rainbow over Greater Moncton, 10 June 2014 (Facebook)

This was a day to pay respects to three fallen Codiac RCMP officers in Greater Moncton.

A regimental funeral was held at the Moncton Coliseum this afternoon to accommodate the approximately 7,000 law enforcement officers who arrived in the city along with dignitaries such as Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

At least 11 other remote sites were set up in the city to allow the general public to view the funeral.

The ceremony was truly moving and is allowing the community to heal after a horrible tragedy.

This evening, a rainbow appeared over the city – a beautiful sight to cap a sombre day.

First beach day of the year!

Aboiteau Beach, NB, 08 June 2014 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach, NB, 08 June 2014 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele was the place to be today under a beautiful cloudless sky, light winds and a temperature in the low 20s Celsius.

It was the first day I spent on the beach in New Brunswick this year.

Even the water (Northumberland Strait) was quite warm near the shore despite how early we are in the season.

Moncton Spirit

Candlelight vigil outside RCMP headquarters in Moncton, 06 June 2014.  (Canadian Press)

Candlelight vigil outside RCMP headquarters in Moncton, 06 June 2014. (Canadian Press)

Although this is a weather blog, I feel the need to mention the tragedy in Moncton this week.

On Wednesday evening, a heavily-armed gunman opened fire on police in northwest Moncton which resulted in the deaths of three Codiac RCMP officers and two other officers being injured.

After a 30 hour manhunt and an extensive security lockdown in that part of the city, the Mounties finally got their man and great relief poured over the community.

Now the grieving process begins, not only for the family and friends of the slain officers but also for the RCMP community and the region, province and country at large.

I have lived in the “Hub City of the Maritimes” for the past nine years but after the tremendous outpouring of community cooperation and spirit, I now feel that Moncton is truly my home and I am so proud to call myself a resident.