December 2014 – Rainy and mild

cursnow_usaAfter a cold and snowy November, it seems a bit odd that December 2014 would turn out to be relatively mild and rainy in Southeast New Brunswick.

In a major rain event on 10-11 December in Greater Moncton, almost 140 mm of rain fell – about three months’ worth – causing flooding especially along Jonathan Creek.

The month was also much warmer than normal with 20 days reaching daytime highs above freezing and on Christmas Day, the thermometer climbed to a record 15.6 C.

DECEMBER 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, based on data 1981-2010)

Average HIGH. 1.8°C

Average LOW  -6.0°C

AVERAGE  -2.1°C (about 2.7°C ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  15.6°C (25 Dec)

Extreme LOW  -19.4°C (31 Dec)

Rainfall  246.6 mm (new December record)

Snowfall  10.9 cm (well BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Arctic air plunges southward

tempmapwx_eChange is in the air for New Brunswick and much of Eastern Canada and the United States thanks to a blast of Arctic air as the polar jet stream sinks south.

Environment Canada says temperatures could plunge to -20 C in Greater Moncton by New Year’s Eve and even colder in northern parts of the province which is the coldest air yet this season.

Definitely a different story from recent days with record breaking high temperatures causing the snow cover to disappear across Southern New Brunswick.

Late December warmth in N.B.

Mild and sunny in Greater Moncton, 27 Dec 2014 (Dearing)

Mild and sunny in Greater Moncton, 27 Dec 2014 (Dearing)

A beautiful, sunny, mild day in late December.

Not something you hear often on 27 December in Greater Moncton or Southeast New Brunswick but it certainly was the case today.

The thermometer climbed to 5.0 C today after reaching 6.3 C on Boxing Day and of course a new record high was set on Christmas Day.

Keep in mind that the normal high is -2 C for the period.

But Environment Canada is forecasting colder weather by New Year’s Eve.

Rainfall warning for Christmas across N.B.

nb_eIt seems hard to believe but the entire province of New Brunswick is under a rainfall warning on this Christmas Day 2014.

Even a meteorologist at Environment Canada called it unusual and noted how he never saw that before on 25 December.

The soaking low pressure system has also brought record breaking high temperatures as well.

Greater Moncton reached 15.6 C which broke the old record of 13.3 C from 1996.

The hot spot in Canada today was CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia at 18.5 C.

Pansies were found growing where I spent the day in Truro.

Canada’s Top Ten Weather Stories 2014

George Street in Fredericton, NB, 05 July 2014 (Twitter)

George Street in Fredericton, NB, 05 July 2014 (Twitter)

Each year Environment Canada compiles a list of the ten most significant weather events across the country and the following is how 2014 shaped up:

1. Canada’s Long Cold Winter – While much of the country shivered under cold and snowy conditions, Southeast New Brunswick was actually rainier and slightly warmer than normal.

2. Summer Flooding in the Eastern Prairies – Too much rain too fast over too many days led to extensive flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

3. Wildfires in the West and Northwest – Exceptional warmth and dryness led to an abundance of wildfires in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

4. The Nightmare Before, During and After Christmas – A series of snow and ice storms in late 2013 and early 2014 left thousands without power for days from Ontario to Atlantic Canada.

5. Summer – Hot on Coasts, Cool in Centre – While British Columbia and Atlantic Canada enjoyed above normal temperatures, it never really got that hot or hazy in Ontario.

6. Hurricane Arthur – The first hurricane of the Atlantic season in early July packed a punch in the Maritimes with hundreds of trees toppling over on power lines leaving many in the dark for days.

7. Alberta Hailstorm – A series of thunderstorms in early August moved across Southern Alberta producing tennis to baseball-sized hailstones and covering the ground like snow.

8. Powerful December Storms on Coasts – Three storms in rapid succession battered the Pacific coast while an East Coast deluge delivered 150 mm of rain in Greater Moncton over two days and caused extensive flooding.

9. Ontario Tornadoes – The province recorded 19 this year with the worst twister in Angus near Barrie on 17 June which damaged more than 100 homes after peak wind gusts up to 220 km/h.

10. Snowtember in Alberta – The so-called snow event brought summer-like temperatures to a screeching halt on 07 September when upwards of 40 cm of snow fell on Calgary and region over the next three days.

Winter officially arrives

solsticeAlthough it has felt like winter at times in New Brunswick since mid-November, the solstice officially arrived at 7:03 pm AT this evening.

The solstice is when the sun gets as low as it can at midday — that’s why it “stands still”; it has dipped as low as it can go and has stopped its decline.

It’s the shortest day and longest night of the year.

If you go out tomorrow the sun will be a wee bit higher at midday and the day will be a tad longer.

More rain in store for Southern New Brunswick

590x393_12151951_queBelieve it or not it’s happening again!

More rain is on the way for Southern New Brunswick after record rainfall amounts only last week saw Greater Moncton recording more than 150 mm.

A low pressure system is heading northeastward from the Gulf of Maine and will bring rain to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Southern New Brunswick with freezing rain and snow to central and northern parts of the province.

Fortunately for already soaked parts of the region, forecasters say much less rain will fall in this storm.

UPDATE – In Greater Moncton, the system brought 34 mm of rain, 6 cm snow and nearly 5 hours of freezing rain from 17-19 December.

Record breaking rainfall in Greater Moncton

The rainiest December day ever occurred in Greater Moncton yesterday with an astounding 122 mm which easily beats the old record of 34 mm from 1975 according to Environment Canada.

With another 20 mm today that means three months worth of rain has fallen in Southeast New Brunswick over the past couple days.

More than 60 roads in the province have either had severe flooding or washouts and dozens of homeowners in Moncton reported flooding with a number of major arteries closed due to floodwaters.

Torrential rains across Southern New Brunswick

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A slow moving low pressure system is packing a lot of rain for Southern New Brunswick with up to 90 mm expected by tomorrow morning.

By mid-afternoon, Greater Moncton already recorded more than half that amount but no major flooding issues except for the usual trouble spots such as the Causeway/West Main traffic circle.

Environment Canada had initially forecast an extended period of freezing rain but that warning was lifted early this morning.