May 2015 – Finally spring!

Parlee Beach, NB, 30 May 2015 (Dearing)

Parlee Beach, NB, 30 May 2015 (Dearing)

After four consecutive months of below normal temperatures in Greater Moncton, the thermometer pushed above normal in May.

Overnight lows were actually on the cool side, but the last third of the month saw especially warm daytime highs with a record of 30.2 C set on 27 May.

Rainfall was well below average at 56.7 mm which ended several months of above normal precipitation.

In all of its colourful glory, spring seemed to finally get into high gear by mid-month.

MAY 2015 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH. 19.1 C

Average LOW. 4.6 C

AVERAGE. 11.9 C (about 1.9 degrees ABOVE NORMAL)

Extreme HIGH. 30.2 C (27 May, new record)

Extreme LOW. -1.0 C (07 May)

Rainfall. 56.7 mm (almost 40 percent BELOW NORMAL)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

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Severe thunderstorms roll through central N.B.

Flash flooding amid a severe thunderstorm in Fredericton, 28 May 2015 (Twitter)

Flash flooding amid a severe thunderstorm in Fredericton, 28 May 2015 (Twitter)


Severe thunderstorms brought strong winds, rain, hail and even flash flooding to downtown Fredericton during the afternoon rush hour yesterday.

Environment Canada says between 25 and 40 mm of rain fell in only an hour and storm drains couldn’t keep up with the deluge which led to flooding on many city streets.

Hundreds of lightning strikes and winds gusting up to 82 km/h brought branches and trees down on power lines with up to 10,000 outages reported at the storm’s peak.

Record heat in New Brunswick

Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 28 May 2015 (Dearing)

Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 28 May 2015 (Dearing)


A warm day in New Brunswick yesterday led to a record high of 30.2 C in Greater Moncton which beats the old record of 28.3 C in 1940.

Environment Canada says the hotspot in the province and the entire country was Kouchibouguac at nearly 33 C.

But not everyone was that warm with foggy conditions in Saint John limiting the high to a chilly 14 C.

Torrential rainstorms in Texas

Dozens of vehicles submerged by floodwaters on Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, Texas, USA (AP)

Dozens of vehicles submerged by floodwaters on Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, Texas, USA (AP)


Authorities fear at least 20 have died and many others are missing following torrential rains in Texas which led to flash flooding.

Houston had about one-quarter of its yearly rainfall in less than 24 hours which swamped neighbourhoods and major highways with hundreds of drivers forced to abandon their vehicles.

A dam southwest of Dallas is bursting at the seams but officials believe it will hold.

Forecasters say more rain is expected over the next few days.

Flash flooding hits B.C. Interior

Aftermath of flash flooding in Cache Creek, BC, 25 May 2015 (CP)

Aftermath of flash flooding in Cache Creek, BC, 25 May 2015 (CP)


A state of emergency has been declared in the small town of Cache Creek, British Columbia, west of Kamloops, after torrential downpours created mudslides and flash flooding.

Environment Canada reports almost 40 mm of rain fell in only a few hours on Saturday and the semi-arid region was unable to handle such a large amount of precipitation in such a short time.

At least 60 homes have been damaged and at least 100 people have registered at a temporary emergency shelter.

The provincial government has announced the community of 1,100 people will be eligible for disaster relief funding.

Dirty, ugly snowbanks linger in NB

A huge, dirty pile of snow at Moncton Coliseum, 21 May 2015 (Dearing)

A huge, dirty pile of snow at Moncton Coliseum, 21 May 2015 (Dearing)

We are now entering late May and ugly piles of snow still remain in Greater Moncton.

April lacked heat in New Brunswick and after a near record breaking seasonal snowfall, the numerous piles of white have been slow to melt.

For that reason, forecasters say it was the most ideal spring in recent memory and major flooding problems were avoided.

Dandelions are back!

Dandelions in NE Moncton, 16 May 2015 (Dearing)

Dandelions in NE Moncton, 16 May 2015 (Dearing)


They are a bit late this spring but dandelions have finally begun showing their little yellow heads in Southeast New Brunswick.

Although it often takes a while, I am always amazed at how quickly the transition is from winter to spring in Greater Moncton.

Over the past week, lawns have become much greener, trees are sprouting buds and even leaves and numerous seasonal flowers such as tulips and daffodils have made a sudden appearance.

And in five weeks, it will be officially summer!

Frost advisory for Southeast New Brunswick

Daffodils in downtown Moncton, 09 May 2015 (Dearing)

Daffodils in downtown Moncton, 09 May 2015 (Dearing)

A clear sky and calm winds could mean frost overnight in Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick.

Environment Canada says temperatures could fall as low as -1 C in low-lying areas with patchy frost possible.

If you have any sensitive flowers or plants, make sure to cover them or bring them indoors tonight.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Remnants of Ana invades Maritimes

Courtesy CTV

Courtesy CTV


Ana made landfall as a tropical storm near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA on Sunday morning producing a dangerous surf along beaches and more than 50 mm rain.

The remnants of Ana continued moving northeast and today moved into the Maritimes bringing a fair bit of rain.

By late afternoon in Greater Moncton, the sky really opened up and rain fell heavily for about 15 minutes or so.

Environment Canada was forecasting about 15 mm of rain today for Southeast New Brunswick.