February 2015 – Coldest and Snowiest Ever?

Northeast Moncton after the latest blizzard, 03 February 2015 (Dearing)

Northeast Moncton after the latest blizzard, 03 February 2015 (Dearing)

An unbelievable amount of snow fell during February in Greater Moncton shattering record after record.

When it started snowing, it almost didn’t know when to stop.

Almost 50 cm of snow fell on 2-3 February, nearly 60 cm on 15-16 February and 25 cm on 24-25 February.

Keep in mind the average snowfall for the entire month is 65 cm!

The cold was also relentless with fifteen overnight lows dipping to -20 C or lower and a new record low of -25.3 C set on 24 February.

Forecasters are suggesting cold weather will persist well into March thanks to an Arctic air mass that originates in Siberia.

FEBRUARY 2012 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH -8.2 C

Average LOW -19.0 C

AVERAGE -13.6 C (about 6 degrees BELOW normal)

Extreme HIGH 0.6 C (22 Feb)

Extreme LOW -25.3 C (24 Feb)

RAINFALL 3.2 mm (well BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL 168.6 cm (almost 250 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Record breaking snow on the ground

Courtesy CTV

Courtesy CTV

Environment Canada missed the mark with the latest snowstorm when 5-10 cm of snow was forecast for Greater Moncton and 25 cm actually fell.

The seemingly endless parade of storms this season is definitely testing the patience of even those who claim they love winter.

Nevertheless when it comes to snow on the ground, the regional winner is Saint John with nearly 200 cm and Moncton sitting in second place at 130 cm.

Arctic blast brings record cold

Clear but cold in Moncton, 24 February 2015 (Dearing)

Clear but cold in Moncton, 24 February 2015 (Dearing)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any colder this winter… well it did.

Environment Canada says this morning’s unofficial low of -25.3 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport was cold enough to break a record.

The previous low for this date was -23.9 C from 1972.

Record lows were also broken this morning in Bouctouche, Caraquet and Point Lepreau.

Niagara Falls has not frozen over!

Rainbow over Niagara Falls (Reuters)

Rainbow over Niagara Falls (Reuters)

Despite reports to the contrary, Niagara Falls has not frozen over – but the landscape around it certainly has.

A bitterly cold month with temperatures dipping close to -30 C have created an Arctic-like wonderland in the region.

As a result, almost everything near the falls has been coated in snow and ice including trees, boulders and guard rails.

Maritimes covered in white

Courtesy NASA, 17 February 2015

Courtesy NASA, 17 February 2015

An amazing shot of the Maritime Provinces captures a region covered in snow with Prince Edward Island almost in camouflage given the ice covered water surrounding it.

While the Northumberland Strait and the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence are mostly ice covered, the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic Ocean are virtually ice-free.

Blizzard by numbers

The worst winter storm in recent memory buried Greater Moncton in almost 60 cm of snow but the city did not win the snow lottery in the region.

Charlottetown took that honour with 80 cm of snow which is more than what usually falls during the entire month of February.

Winds were also very strong gusting up to 83 km/h in Moncton and a hurricane-force 108 km/h in Saint John.

City officials in Moncton say it could take up to three weeks to do a proper clean up following the blizzard.

Blizzard shuts down Greater Moncton

Blizzard rages in NE Moncton, 15 February 2015 (Dearing)

Blizzard rages in NE Moncton, 15 February 2015 (Dearing)

The third blizzard of the winter season slammed Greater Moncton early Sunday morning but many businesses including Champlain Mall had already announced they would be closed the night before the latest storm hit.

Highway travel was virtually impossible in Southeast New Brunswick today with RCMP closing a number of highways including the Trans Canada between Moncton and Amherst due to extremely poor visibility in blowing snow.

Say it isn’t more snow!

Radar image taken at 11:30am AST (Bing)

Radar image taken at 11:30am AST, 14 February 2015 (Bing)

Here we go again… Southeast New Brunswick is expecting another round from Old Man Winter.

Environment Canada says an intensifying low pressure system is expected to cross the Maritimes on Sunday bringing heavy snow, strong northeast winds and reduced visibilities in blowing snow.

Blizzard conditions are expected to develop during the morning with snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 centimetres expected.

Gradual improvement is expected Sunday night into Monday morning.

Accuweather unveils spring 2015 forecast

Accuweather is predicting that the stormy pattern across Atlantic Canada this winter will likely continue into at least the first half of spring.

The weather service believes there is the potential for late-season snowstorms in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and heavy rain farther south and east in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The combination of a stormy pattern and deep snowpack across New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia will increase the flood threat across the region in early spring.

Boston buried in snow!

Boston snowThe city of Boston, USA, is having a tough winter.

Over the past month, the Massachusetts capital has been hammered by a series of storms which have dumped almost 180 cm of snow breaking the previous 30-day record from 1978.

With so much snow, Boston officials are struggling to figure out where to put it all.

Much of the snow is being trucked to vacant lots where it is being melted by industrial machines.

Incidentally, the latest snowstorm in Boston had virtually no impact on mainland New Brunswick – Grand Manan Island had snow – thanks to an Arctic air mass which kept the system south of our region.