September 2015 – A continuation of summer

Sunset at Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Sunset at Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Summer may have sputtered at the start in Southeast New Brunswick but September certainly made up for it with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.

Although it was mostly dry, two significant rainfall events – on the 11th and the 30th – actually pushed the monthly precipitation total well above normal.

Also notable were warm daytime highs – nine days at 27 C or higher – and mild overnight lows which led to an overall monthly temperature about 3.1 degrees above average

SEPTEMBER 2015 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH 23.3 C

Average LOW 10.0 C

AVERAGE 16.7 C (about 3.1 degrees above normal)

Extreme HIGH 32.0 C (new record for 07 Sept)

Extreme LOW 1.3 C (27 Sept)

RAINFALL 139.6 mm (more than 30 percent above normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

A month’s worth of rain expected

A cold front from Quebec has combined with a strong tropical-like system from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard over the Maritimes bringing a month’s worth of rain to some areas.

Environment Canada is forecasting up to 100 mm for Greater Moncton by Thursday morning with even higher amounts for Saint John and Fredericton.

September has been dry in Southeast New Brunswick and just two major rain events – this one and on the 11th – contributed to nearly all of the month’s precipitation.

Significant rainfall possible for N.B.

Beautiful pink sky at sunset in NE Moncton, 28 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Beautiful pink sky at sunset in NE Moncton, 28 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Southern New Brunswick over the potential for significant rainfall starting mid-week.

A slow moving cold front will approach the Maritimes Tuesday night and could draw in tropical moisture from a system off the Eastern Seaboard.

Rain would begin by Wednesday afternoon with heavy downpours possible by early Thursday.

Forecasters say there is still uncertainty but long range models suggest 100 mm or more for the event.

Great view of super blood moon in N.B.

Taken in St-Hyacinthe, QC (TWN/J. Arpin)

Taken in St-Hyacinthe, QC (TWN/J. Arpin)

The super blood moon was clearly visible in Southeast New Brunswick with a beautiful, starry night in Greater Moncton.

This closest full moon of the year also coincided with a total lunar eclipse, when the moon passed directly through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.

The last time it happened was in 1982 and it won’t happen again until 2033.

Higher tides can be expected over the next few days in our region due to the super blood moon.

Scattered frost in New Brunswick

Pansies clinging to life despite cool nights in NE Moncton, 26 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Pansies clinging to life despite cool nights in NE Moncton, 26 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Tis the season for warm days and cool nights in New Brunswick and frost advisories have been posted for the last three nights in much of the province.

Environment Canada notes the temperature dropped to 1.3 C early this morning at the Greater Moncton International Airport – the lowest since mid-May.

The last time we fell to the freezing point or lower was 07 May.

However, my neighbourhood hasn’t experienced any frost yet and my tomato and strawberry plants are still doing well.

Incidentally, the average first fall frost date in Moncton is 27 September.

Edmundston was not surprisingly the cold spot in New Brunswick falling to -4.0 C early yesterday.

First Day of Autumn

Autumn officially arrived in New Brunswick at 5:22 am (ADT).

The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.

Daylight will continue to diminish quickly as the fall season progresses which means less sun for warmth.

Incidentally, frost arrived in some parts of the province this week with a risk in Greater Moncton by early Friday morning.

Fabulous final weekend of summer

A hillside view from Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI, 19 July 2015 (Dearing)

A hillside view from Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI, 19 July 2015 (Dearing)

No one could ask for a better end to summer in Greater Moncton than this past weekend.

From a near-record 28.7 C on Friday to a sultry 28.1 C on Saturday to the mostly cloudy but above seasonal 25.0 C on Sunday, it was a great way to wrap the season.

Less than 3 mm of much-needed rain fell in Southeast New Brunswick yesterday.

A cooler air mass has prompted Environment Canada to issue a frost advisory tonight for a large portion of western and northern New Brunswick.

Late summer record heat

Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 17 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 17 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

A 100-year-old record high was broken today in Moncton according to Environment Canada.

On this date in 1915, the thermometer climbed to 27.8 C but today that high was surpassed with a new record of 29.0 C.

Bathurst, Miramichi and Kouchibouguac all climbed to at least 30.0 C.

Fredericton was the hotspot in New Brunswick and the entire country today at 30.2 C.

Temperatures are running almost 10 degrees above normal for mid-September.

Lots of rain in only 24 hours

Most of New Brunswick needed rain but did parts of the province really need a month’s worth (about 100 mm) in only 24 hours?

The answer – probably not but a low pressure system brought a lot of tropical-like moisture to the Maritimes.

Environment Canada reports Greater Moncton had almost 43 mm of rain yesterday but western and southwestern areas actually received more precipitation.

Saint John recorded almost 110 mm of rain while Greenwood, Nova Scotia had more than 110 mm which is record-breaking for the date.

Much needed rain on the way

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Heavy rain is heading for Southeast New Brunswick on Friday thanks to a low pressure system approaching the region.

Environment Canada is forecasting amounts of up to 45 mm for Greater Moncton which is almost warning criteria for heavy rainfall.

Some areas to the north and west are currently under warnings.

It has been dry lately with less than 1 mm recorded so far this month at the Greater Moncton International Airport