October 2016 – Mild then cold

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Fall colours past peak, Centennial Park, Moncton, 16 Oct 2016 (Dearing)

It’s not surprising the days gradually get cooler in October but it was a sudden change in Greater Moncton when temperatures went from mild to cold during the last week of the month.

A warm, humid daytime high of 20.5 C on 22 October will undoubtedly be the last time the thermometer climbs above 20 C in this calendar year.

Although a couple overnight lows fell below freezing early in the month, a hard frost was not reported until 27 October.

Almost 50 mm of rain fell on Thanksgiving weekend in Southeast New Brunswick – far less than other parts of the Maritimes such as Cape Breton Island with over 220 mm.

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

Average HIGH  14.5 C

Average LOW  3.6 C

AVERAGE  9.0 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  24.4 C (07 October)

Extreme LOW  -2.8 C (28 October)

RAINFALL  99.8 mm (about 10 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

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First snow flurries of the season!

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Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 25 Oct 2016

The first snow flurries of the season were spotted in Greater Moncton early this morning and snow even covered the ground in northwestern New Brunswick.

The jet stream has dipped south of the Maritimes which has allowed cold air to seep in with below normal temperatures.

The daytime high in Moncton today was only 5.2 C which is below the average maximum of 10 C for late October.

Tropical system brings rain, wind, warmth

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Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, NB, 23 Oct 2016 (Dearing)

A cold front from the Great Lakes combined with a tropical low to bring rain, wind and warm temperatures to the Maritimes this weekend.

The heaviest amount of rain fell in the Halifax region with about 80 mm recorded, already-soaked Cape Breton got off relatively easily with 35 mm in Sydney.

Greater Moncton only received 16 mm of rain but winds were as gusty as 70 km/h and the temperature climbed to a balmy 20.5 C.

The hot spot in the Maritimes was in Cheticamp with a record high of 23.9 C.

Trio of storms hit B.C.’s south coast

Three storms in quick succession have battered the south coast of British Columbia delivering more than 200 mm of rain in some areas.

Strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h caused up to 300,000 power outages at one point and brought down at least 250 trees in Vancouver.

The series of storms were from the remnants of Super Typhoon Songda.

Fall foliage past peak in N.B.

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Fall colours in Centennial Park, Moncton, 16 Oct 2016 (Dearing)

Centennial Park in Moncton was alive with colour yesterday with many people including myself snapping pictures of the amazing fall foliage on display.

But I realized that the fall colours are now past peak with some maple trees almost bare of leaves.

Typically the foliage reaches its colour peak in Southeast New Brunswick by early to mid-October and then the leaves begin to drop.

It’s a beautiful but a sadly short-lived show.

Nicole batters Bermuda

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Damage from Nicole in St. George’s, Bermuda, 13 Oct 2016 (AP)

Powerful winds and torrential rain from Hurricane Nicole battered Bermuda as a category 3 storm yesterday.

Winds gusting to more than 190 km/h tore roofs off buildings, uprooted trees, brought down power lines and smashed boats against rocks.

Many homes, businesses and roads were affected by flooding.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Nicole will impact the Grand Banks off Newfoundland this weekend with gale-force winds and waves but no significant effects are expected over land.

Turbulent Thanksgiving!

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Floodwaters on Whitney Ave. in Sydney, NS, 10 Oct 2016 (Twitter)

Parts of Cape Breton Island received more than 200 mm of rain over the Thanksgiving weekend along with strong winds which flooded basements and washed out roads.

Mainland Nova Scotia including Halifax had more than 100 mm of rain and damaging winds which brought down trees and power lines causing widespread power outages.

Forecasters say a low pressure system fuelled by Matthew’s moisture brought the severe weather which also affected central Newfoundland where a state of emergency was declared in several communities.

The storm was less severe in New Brunswick with about 48 mm of rain in Greater Moncton with winds at times gusting more than 70 km/h.

Matthew finally weakens

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Flooding after Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, SC, USA, 08 Oct 2016 (Getty Images)

The U.S. National Hurricane Center finally downgraded Matthew to a post-tropical cyclone today after pounding North and South Carolina with strong winds, heavy rain and record flooding before moving east out to sea.

Matthew made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina yesterday as a category 1 hurricane after hugging Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Hundreds had to be rescued from floodwaters in the Carolinas including one woman who was forced to cling to a tree overnight before emergency workers arrived.

The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade has claimed at least 20 deaths in the Southeastern United States and more than 900 in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

 

Record warmth in N.B.

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Fall colours in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 08 Oct 2016 (Dearing)

The fine fall weather is continuing in Greater Moncton with a summer-like high of 24.4 C yesterday which ties the record from 1946.

Record highs were set across New Brunswick with the hot spot being Kouchibouguac at 25.9 C.

Today, Greater Moncton reached 23.9 C which once again ties a record, this time from 1970.

Snowtober in Saskatchewan!

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Snow in Saskatoon, SK, 05 Oct 2016 (Twitter)


A storm being dubbed Snowtober – Snow in October – has dropped as much as 40 cm of snow on parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Saskatoon received about 20 cm of snow which broke a 100-year-old record yesterday of 5.6 cm while Cypress Hills Park got 40 cm.

Forecasters say the snow cover may stick around for a few days with single digit highs in the long range outlook.

The normal daytime high in Saskatoon for early October is 14 C.