April 2015 – Cold and dreary

Looking at the Bay of Fundy from Dorchester, NB, 26 April 2015 (Dearing)

Looking at the Bay of Fundy from Dorchester, NB, 26 April 2015 (Dearing)


For the fourth month in a row, temperatures in Greater Moncton were below normal and precipitation in April was near normal unlike the previous four months which were very rainy and snowy.

Environment Canada data shows daytime highs were much colder than average both at the start and end of the month with very cold overnight lows up until mid-April.

The cold, cloudy weather most likely slowed the melting of the deep snow cover with 67 cm recorded on 01 April to complete snow melt by 27 April.

APRIL 2015 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH. 6.3 C

Average LOW. -3.2 C

AVERAGE 1.5 C (about 2 degrees BELOW NORMAL)

Extreme HIGH 16.7 C (13 April)

Extreme LOW -13.9 C (06 April)

Rainfall. 79.1 mm

Snowfall. 20.1 cm

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

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Snow cover officially melts

Environment Canada data shows the seasonal snow cover officially melted on 27 April in Greater Moncton – just prior to almost 14 cm of heavy, wet snow falling in Southeast New Brunswick.

A permanent snow cover began later in the season than usual – 04 January – which means the ground was covered in white for 114 days.

The period was actually longer during the 2013-14 season, when snow covered the ground from 12 December to 17 April which is a total of 127 days.

A slushy, wintry mess!

National Day of Mourning ceremony, Moncton, 28 April 2015 (Dearing)

National Day of Mourning ceremony, Moncton, 28 April 2015 (Dearing)


A stubborn low pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean off the Maritimes is responsible for the recent rainy – and today snowy! – conditions.

By early this afternoon, rain turned to wet, heavy snow in Greater Moncton which quickly turned to slush on roadways.

RCMP say slushy road conditions were likely behind a fatal collision between a car and a snow plow in Stoney Creek.

Based on an estimate and data from Environment Canada, Greater Moncton has now surpassed 500 cm for 2014-15 which is still a distance from the 1974-75 record of 531 cm.

Freezing fog in Greater Moncton!

Freezing fog in downtown Moncton, 26 April 2015 (Facebook/Heintzman)

Freezing fog in downtown Moncton, 26 April 2015 (Facebook/Heintzman)


Environment Canada has officially called it freezing fog when the temperature falls below freezing and the fog creates ice on surfaces.

The temperature dropped to a chilly -4.6 C in Greater Moncton this morning and the icy conditions created slippery road conditions before daylight.

Still lots of snow in the woods

Two deer in a snowy field near Elgin, NB, 19 April 2015 (Dearing)

Two deer in a snowy field near Elgin, NB, 19 April 2015 (Dearing)


While the snow cover is almost gone in Greater Moncton, lots of snow still remains in the woods.

My friend and I discovered that on Sunday during a trip through Albert County and also spotted two deer in a field near Elgin.

New Brunswick DNR officials have said many deer likely died over the cold and snowy winter.

Snow almost gone in Greater Moncton

Snowbank in NE Moncton, 20 April 2015 (Dearing)

Snowbank in NE Moncton, 20 April 2015 (Dearing)


After the snow cover officially melts in Greater Moncton, the region will have logged more than 100 days with the ground covered in white.

A white blanket appeared later than usual this winter – early January – but a series of major snow events over the following several weeks would come close to breaking a seasonal snow record.

As of today, 20 April, about 6 cm of snow is still lying on the ground but rain in the forecast for tomorrow will likely take care of that.

Flooding threat eases in western New Brunswick

St. John River at Perth-Andover, NB, 19 April 2015 (Twitter)

St. John River at Perth-Andover, NB, 19 April 2015 (Twitter)


A mandatory evacuation order was lifted in Perth-Andover today after water levels dropped on the St. John River.

More than 300 residents were told to leave over the weekend after an ice jam raised fears of flooding and the Red Cross had to set up an emergency shelter.

Officials will be keeping a close eye on the river for the next few days especially with rain in the forecast.

Snow melt good for some, bad for others

A robin in Moncton, 15 April 2015 (TWN)

A robin in Moncton, 15 April 2015 (TWN)


The snow cover is rapidly melting in Greater Moncton this week thanks to sunshine and above normal temperatures.

Birds are now finding it much easier to find food with more grass and insects reappearing for the season.

New Brunswick River Watch officials are concerned about flooding as waterways rise from melting snow.

Finally… a warm day in New Brunswick!

A typical snowbank in NE Moncton, 13 April 2015 (Dearing)

A typical snowbank in NE Moncton, 13 April 2015 (Dearing)

Just as many in New Brunswick were starting to wonder if spring would ever come, along comes a beautiful day in Greater Moncton with a daytime high of 16.7 C.

That means 13 April has been the warmest day in Southeast New Brunswick since Christmas Day when the high reached 15.6 C!

The normal high for mid-April is about 10 C with an overnight low of zero.