Without a doubt, December was much warmer than normal in Greater Moncton… but so was January and so was February.
Environment Canada has confirmed the three month period of meteorological winter is the warmest ever in the Moncton area since records were first kept in 1881.
Only 1958 comes even close to an average temperature of -3.7 C with the 30-year normal being -7.1 C and forecasters say a difference of 3.4 degrees is quite significant.
Precipitation was near normal with more rain and freezing rain than snow which was a far cry from the mounds of snow that piled up last winter.
A strong El Nino pattern and a lack of sea ice in the nearby Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence are major factors in the record mild winter.