March 2015 – A ghastly end to winter

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)


As if January and February weren’t bad enough, March came roaring in like a lion for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick.

Overnight temperatures continued to be frigid with 12 lows during the month falling to -15 C or colder.

Two major snow events left more than 140 cm on the ground just prior to the start of spring.

Forecasters are suggesting colder than normal conditions will persist into April.

MARCH 2015 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH 0.0 C

Average LOW -11.3 C

AVERAGE. -5.7 C (about 2.8 degrees BELOW average)

Extreme HIGH. 8.8 C (11 March)

Extreme LOW. -21.7 C (06 March)

Snowfall 98.2 cm (about 30 percent ABOVE average)

Rainfall 5.4 mm (well BELOW average)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Sun keeps getting stronger

Ogilvie Brook, Irishtown Park, Moncton, NB, 29 March 2015 (Dearing)

Ogilvie Brook, Irishtown Park, Moncton, NB, 29 March 2015 (Dearing)


This was a beautiful March day to go for a walk in the warm spring sunshine.

The daytime high in Greater Moncton may have been a cool 2.7 C today but it was still enough to melt some snow with about 80 cm still lying on the ground.

A storm system passed just south of New Brunswick yesterday and barely delivered a snowflake to the province.

It was a different story in Nova Scotia where Halifax received 20 cm of snow which may have played a role in the “hard landing” of an Air Canada plane at Stanfield Airport early this morning.

Winter vs. spring – the battle begins…

Environment Canada (Canadian Ice Service), 21 March 2015

Environment Canada (Canadian Ice Service), 21 March 2015

Spring is officially here but anyone living in New Brunswick knows that now is often when the battle lines are drawn.

Cold Arctic air can linger and along with an almost ice-covered Gulf of St. Lawrence creates a cooling affect which repeatedly fights it out with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Greater Moncton as a low pressure system intensifies tonight over the Maritimes with as much as 15 cm expected by late Sunday.

The Canadian Ice Service map shows ice is breaking up in the Gulf of St. Lawrence around Anticosti Island, Lakes Ontario and Michigan are nearly ice-free but the Labrador coast and Hudson Bay are still solidly frozen.

Spring finally arrives!

Confederation Bridge linking New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, 06 March 2015 (Machum)

Confederation Bridge linking New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, 06 March 2015 (Machum)

It’s been a long haul over the past three months in New Brunswick.

The 2014-15 winter season brought severe flooding in December after an incredible amount of rain to unbelievable snowfalls in January, February and March.

But winter is finally coming to an end.

The vernal equinox arrives at 7:45pm ADT today – but whether warm spring weather arrives soon is still up in the air!

Nova Scotia hit hardest by late winter blast

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Barely two days after a blizzard, yet another snowstorm is slamming the Maritimes.

Environment Canada says mainland Nova Scotia has been┬áthe hardest hit this time with up to 75 cm along the South Shore – a one day March record.

In Southeast New Brunswick, strong, gusty winds prompted a blowing snow advisory for Greater Moncton along with another 20 cm snow.

Winter snow records shattered!

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A plow makes its way through heavy snow on Route 20 near Park Corner, PEI, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)

A plow makes its way through heavy snow on Route 20 near Park Corner, PEI, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)


Snow records just keep on falling in the Maritimes just like the snowflakes themselves!

Saint John and Charlottetown have both broken their all-time snowfall records for a single winter season.

Moncton is also struggling during this very white and punishing winter but is still a fair distance from its record from 1974-75.

The American Northeast has been hard hit with heavy snow too and Boston, Massachusetts recently broke its winter record with 276 cm (108.6 inches).

And winter is not over yet!

Unbelievable snow across the Maritimes

This is what Moncton family found when they opened their door today, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)

This is what Moncton family found when they opened their door today, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)


Yet another blizzard has battered the Maritimes with heavy snow and blowing snow throughout the region.

Greater Moncton received 44 cm of snow which is on top of the 93 cm already on the ground.

Prince Edward Island had at least 50 cm and Cape Breton Island was also hard hit by the storm with Sydney getting walloped with almost 60 cm.

Portions of the Trans Canada Highway had to be shut down, the Confederation Bridge was closed, flights were cancelled and Champlain Place Mall didn’t open for two days in a row.

Officials at Poley Mountain Ski Resort near Sussex reported 75 cm of fresh powder today which will likely mean an extended season on the slopes.

The Winter Of Our Discontent Continues

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This winter is certainly one that keeps on giving – especially in terms of snow!

Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick for 15 March 2015.

Two low pressure systems are merging over the Maritimes which will bring up to 45 cm of snow and northeasterly winds gusting up to 80 km/h.

Keep in mind, Moncton already has about 95 cm of snow on the ground!

The winter of 2014-15 in Southeast New Brunswick will truly go down in the history books as “The Winter of Our Discontent”.

Let the great melt begin!

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)


Greater Moncton enjoyed its warmest high temperature today (11 March) since Christmas Day.

Environment Canada says the thermometer climbed to 8.8 C and the last time it was that warm was 25 December when the high reached a record-breaking 15.6 C!

With 119 cm of snow still on the ground, more days like this will be needed to melt the deep snow cover.

The warm spot in New Brunswick today was St. Stephen where it reached 11.4 C.