June 2016 – Consistent warmth finally!

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Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 19 June 2016 (Dearing)

Spring turned out to be a rollercoaster ride in Southeast New Brunswick throughout the three month period with seemingly more clouds and rain than sun.

The trend continued almost until the first day of summer in Greater Moncton with consistent sun and warmth not until around the middle of the month.

June was actually about normal in temperature with slightly below normal precipitation – more than one third of the rainfall total fell in the last two days of the month.

JUNE 2016 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 21.1 C

Average LOW 9.4 C

AVERAGE 15.2 C (NORMAL)

Extreme HIGH 29.8 C (27 June)

Extreme LOW 0.7 C (01 June)

RAINFALL 82.6 mm (more than 10 percent BELOW Normal)

(Data courtesy ENVIRONMENT CANADA)

Heavy hailstorm hits Alberta

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Hail up to 30 cm deep fell near Calgary, AB, 28 June 2016 (Facebook)


Severe thunderstorms across Alberta delivered not only heavy rain but also heavy hail the size of quarters near Calgary yesterday.

The hail was so heavy and deep that it accumulated like snow and made an early summer day look downright wintry.

Funnel clouds and possible tornadoes were also reported during the stormy conditions.

Welcome to the 30s Club

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Shepody Bay from Dorchester Beach, NB, 26 June 2016 (Dearing)


Greater Moncton reached a daytime high of 29.8 C today which is the warmest temperature so far in 2016.

Environment Canada reports at least nine other communities in New Brunswick reached 30 C or higher.

The hotspot was Bathurst at a sizzling 33.3 C.

The warm, windy conditions were not helpful for firefighters near Bouctouche battling a forest fire which was eventually brought under control.

Beautiful First Weekend of Summer!

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Pansies are flourishing in NE Moncton, 25 June 2016 (Dearing)

The summer season has gotten off to a great start in Southeast New Brunswick with a fabulous first weekend filled with sunshine and warm temperatures.

Greater Moncton climbed to 27.5 C on Saturday and even warmer today at 29.0 C – just shy of the warmest 2016 high of 29.5 C from 31 May.

Kouchibouguac was the hotspot in the province at 33.2 C.

Even with this round of warm weather, June overall is still running about 1 C below normal compared to the 30-year average with only a few days left to go.

Welcome summer 2016!

SolsticeSummer officially arrived at 7:34pm ADT in New Brunswick.

At 15 hours, 46 minutes, 3 seconds, this was the longest day of the year in Greater Moncton and starting tomorrow the days will begin to shorten again.

Warm weather arrived just in time for the summer solstice with a high of 29.0 C yesterday and 27.1 C today.

Environment Canada is forecasting warmer than normal temperatures in Southern New Brunswick during late June and early July.

The heat is finally on!

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Warm air arrives in Eastern Canada, 18 June 2016 (Environment Canada)

After almost a week of cold, rainy weather in Southeast New Brunswick, a warm air mass is moving in from Central Canada which will raise temperatures considerably.

After a chilly low this morning of 4.5 C in Greater Moncton, temperatures could reach as high as 30 C tomorrow which will be very close to a record high.

The heat returns just in time for the official arrival of summer on Monday night.

Gloomy weather will end

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Canada geese feed on a soggy lawn at Jones Lake, Moncton, 15 June 2016 (Dearing)

During the first half of June, rainfall was measured on 11 of 15 days in Greater Moncton according to Environment Canada.

Clouds came along with that rain which has meant only short bursts of sun during the mostly gloomy weather.

Hope is on the horizon since forecasters say that stubborn low pressure system will be replaced by high pressure and temperatures could hit 30 C by Sunday.

But not before a chilly night with either a frost advisory or a risk of frost for most of New Brunswick.

Snow falls in Hawaii!

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Snow covers the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s big island, 14 June 2016 (Photo by SSPL/NASA/Getty Images)


Although it seems unlikely given the tropical latitude of Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it can snow on some of the state’s highest peaks.

Snow fell on the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s big island this week.

Keep in mind both peaks are 13,000 feet (4,000 metres) above sea level.

Rain showers and thunderstorms developed at lower elevations.

Climatologists say snow can fall during any month of the year on Hawaii’s tallest mountains.

Where’s the heat?

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Low pressure system impacts Atlantic Canada this week, 14 June 2016 (TWN)

Cloudy, cool, drizzle, showers and repeat.

If it was April we wouldn’t think twice but it’s mid-June and heat is currently absent in Southeast New Brunswick.

The daytime high in Greater Moncton was 12.2 C yesterday and the high today will struggle to reach 10 C.

Keep in mind, the average high for this time of year is 22 C and the low is 10 C.

A pesky low pressure system has no place to go thanks to a blocking high over Greenland so forecasters say cloudy, wet conditions will persist this week.

Colin brushes Atlantic Canada

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Post-Tropical Storm Colin, 08 June 2015 (CTV/Twitter)


By the time Colin had arrived in Canadian waters earlier today, it had become a post-tropical storm – essentially a strong low pressure system.

Much of Florida had received heavy rain from Colin before the storm moved into the Atlantic Ocean and tracked northeastward.

Wind was not a factor for the Maritimes but heavy rain fell in eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland.

Greater Moncton received less than 20 mm of rain between remnants of Colin and another low pressure system which was crossing New Brunswick.

Colin was the third named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season – after Bonnie in late May and Alex in mid-January.