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)

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