November 2016 – Mild and dry

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Remembrance Day service at Sunny Brae cenotaph, Moncton, 11 Nov 2016 (Twitter)

The first two-thirds of November proved to be mostly mild and dry in Greater Moncton although small amounts of rain did fall on most days.

The last ten days of the month took a decidedly colder turn and while overnight lows weren’t very cold, daytime highs struggled in the low single digits.

A blast of winter came at the very end with 26 cm of heavy, wet snow which brought up precipitation amounts but the total was still almost 40 percent below normal.

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

Average HIGH  7.2 C

Average LOW  0.5 C

AVERAGE  3.8 C (about 1.9 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  13.7 C (14 November)

Extreme LOW  -4.6 C (29 November)

RAINFALL  35.8 mm (about 60 percent BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL  28.1 cm (about 30 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

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Surprise! Lots of snow!

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Heavy, wet snow brings down tree branches in Moncton, 30 Nov 2016 (Twitter)

Greater Moncton recorded a snowfall of almost 30 cm today which is not unusual for the end of November.

But it came as a surprise since Environment Canada had only forecast 10 cm of snow.

The heavy, wet snow fell over central and southeastern parts of New Brunswick while mostly rain was recorded in Saint John and along the Fundy coast.

The snow was too much for some trees and branches which fell onto power lines knocking out electricity to more than 41,000 customers at one point.

Little snow but more expected

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Snow covers grass, rooftops and vehicles, NE Moncton, 28 Nov 2016 (Dearing)


The first Nor’easter of the season packed a punch in central Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland but the storm barely touched Southeast New Brunswick.

About 12 cm of snow fell at Halifax Stanfield Airport with lesser amounts in the city, 11 cm at Charlottetown and Deer Lake.

Strong winds gusted to 102 km/h at East Point and a destructive 160 km/h at Wreckhouse.

Meantime, another storm is brewing as a low pressure system approaches the Maritimes late Tuesday into Wednesday with up to 15 cm of snow possibly changing to rain along the Fundy coast.

First Nor’easter of season coming

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Courtesy Facebook/Maritime Weather Agency

A Nor’easter will track south of Nova Scotia on Sunday delivering a mixture of rain, snow and possibly freezing rain or ice pellets to much of the Maritimes.

Environment Canada says rain is expected over southeastern New Brunswick near midday Sunday before changing to snow in the afternoon and spreading northward.

Significant snowfall is possible over eastern regions of the province Sunday evening but forecasters still have some uncertainty about the exact track of this system.

Strong northeast winds will develop late Sunday over the Gulf of St. Lawrence with rough surf and high water levels along the Acadian coast and the Bay of Chaleur.

Hurricane Otto strikes Central America

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Heavy rain and flooding swept away bridges in Costa Rica, 25 Nov 2016 (Reuters)

Otto has become the strongest storm so late in the Atlantic hurricane season to make landfall.

Otto struck the coast of Nicaragua and Costa Rica as a category 2 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm as it weakens in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Forecasters say exceptionally high sea surface temperatures of around 29 C added extra fuel to the storm which delivered a month’s worth of rain in a few hours.

Officials say the death toll was nine but could have been higher if the storm had hit major population centres.

Snow doesn’t stick around

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Melting snow on cars and steps in NE Moncton, 23 Nov 2016 (Dearing)


Looking out the window in Greater Moncton last night, it began to look very wintry with falling snow and brisk winds to blow it around.

Although about 2 cm accumulated overnight, the snow only stuck to grassy areas and colder surfaces not roadways.

By mid-morning, the snow had almost completely melted expect for some spots on vehicles and the grass seemed to turn a little greener.

Weather Network unveils winter forecast

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As snow flurries began falling in Greater Moncton today, the Weather Network unveiled its winter forecast covering the months of December, January and February.

TWN says although typical see-saws are expected, temperatures should be near normal for Southeast New Brunswick with daytime highs averaging just below freezing at about -2 C.

Precipitation will likely be above normal for the region but TWN meteorologists say the storm track will vary which means not all of it will fall as snow like what happened two years ago.

Overall across Canada, TWN says we should expect a classic Canadian winter in 2016-17.

Winter storm hits Ontario, Quebec

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Heavy snow in Kingston, ON, 21 Nov 2016 (Twitter)


A Colorado Low brought an early taste of winter to a large swath of Central Canada.

Most of the region saw its first measurable snow of the season with the highest amounts in eastern Ontario (Ottawa 16 cm, Kingston 18 cm) and western Quebec (Mont-Tremblant 15 cm, Montreal 5 cm).

Strong winds were also a factor gusting up to 70 km/h in the Greater Toronto Area and even up to 90 km/h in some areas.

Heavy lake effect snow also pounded neighbouring New York State with up to 50 cm in Rochester and Syracuse.

Highest tides of 2016

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16 Nov 2016, Courtesy Jeff Boudreau/Facebook

Several factors including this week’s supermoon and a low pressure system over New Brunswick have led to the highest tides of 2016 in the Bay of Fundy.

Two surfers rode the tidal bore up the Petitcodiac River to take advantage of the high tide.

Environment Canada says the tide was on average between 30 and 50 cm above the predicted level by early afternoon.

A storm surge had been in place in Charlotte County with some minor flooding reported along the waterfront in St. Stephen.

Snow falls in Caledonia Highlands

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Laverty Road, Fundy National Park, NB, 12 Nov 2016 (Facebook)


The early morning temperature on Saturday in Greater Moncton was -3.1 C which ties for the coldest yet this autumn.

Before the temperature fell overnight, there was a trace of rain but snow fell at higher elevations such as the Caledonia Highlands.

A couple of centimetres fell in the northern part of Fundy National Park, well away from the coast.