Spillway at Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 26 Feb 2017 (Dearing)
Three major winter storms including a blizzard were part of a very active weather pattern in Greater Moncton during February.
While snowfall was below normal in January, it made up for it in February with more than double the average amount recorded.
Temperatures were above normal but oddly enough it was still warmer in January which is typically the coldest month.
The final week felt like spring with mild temperatures climbing above 10 C which was enough to melt most of the snow which had fallen during the previous three weeks.
FEBRUARY 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -1.2 C
Average LOW -10.9 C
AVERAGE -6.2 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 11.5 C (24 February)
Extreme LOW -22.6 C (12 February)
RAINFALL 19.7 mm (slightly BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 124.1 cm (about 100 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Snow melting in Riverview, 24 Feb 2017 (Dearing)
Mild temperatures have been melting lots of snow in Southeast New Brunswick this week.
Greater Moncton now has about 50 cm on the ground compared to more than 110 cm only a week ago.
The daytime high climbed to 11.5 C at the airport on Friday but a private weather station recorded a maximum of 14.6 C at Jones Lake.
Environment Canada is forecasting the warmth to continue for the next few days with a sudden cold snap expected to arrive later in the week.
What a difference in one week in downtown Fredericton, 23 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
The weather has been relatively calm lately in New Brunswick and the Maritimes which has been a welcome relief after a string of winter storms earlier this month.
Mild air has pushed into the region which set several record highs yesterday both here and in Southern Ontario.
The Greater Moncton International Airport reached 10 C and it was the warmest temperature since 18 December – just shy of the record of 13.2 from 1981.
But some weather stations in the Moncton area climbed as high as 13 C.
New record highs for 23 February:
Kouchibouguac Nat’l Park 12.4 C
Woodstock, NB 11.9 C
Bathurst 10.5 C
Windsor, ON 19.3 C
London, ON 18.3 C
Toronto Pearson Airport 17.7 C
A view of downtown from Moncton City Hall, 15 Feb 2017 (Facebook/CityofMoncton)
All is calm today but a parade of storms have been pounding Metro Moncton this month.
Environment Canada says 120 cm of snow has fallen at the airport so far this month with another ten days still to go.
Based on a thirty-year average, February snowfall in Moncton is typically about 65 cm.
But there is some good news on the horizon.
Meteorologist Claude Cote says we can expect much calmer weather over the next few days.
“This was the last of a series of four systems which have gone through the Moncton area in the past two weeks,” he notes.
Cote adds temperatures are expected to be fairly mild in the coming days with many daytime highs above the freezing mark.
The snowbanks keep getting higher in NW Moncton, 16 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
An intense low pressure system tracked across the Maritimes today bringing heavy snow along with strong northerly winds creating blowing and drifting snow.
Environment Canada says this was the fourth storm system to impact Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick over the last two weeks.
Visibility was often very poor and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization restricted travel to snow plows and emergency vehicles on many major highways today.
Greater Moncton: 35 cm
Saint John: 25 cm
Fredericton: 20 cm
Charlottetown: 15 cm
Greenwood, NS: 40 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm
Aftermath of Blizzard 2017 in Fredericton, 14 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
A monster blizzard packing winds of more than 100 km/h and dumping upwards of 80 cm of snow over the Maritimes has moved into Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton recorded about 40 cm of snow and had a peak wind gust of almost 70 km/h.
The Fredericton area received the most snow from this storm with about 80 cm while Grand Etang on Cape Breton Island had a peak wind gust of almost 150 km/h.
Emergency management officials closed highways to police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances only.
Blizzard conditions persisted for at least 15 hours in some areas.
Other snowfall totals:
Halifax Stanfield Airport 54 cm
Greenwood, NS 61 cm
Charlottetown 40 cm
Saint John Airport 39 cm
Snow plow clearing streets in Moncton, 10 Feb 2017 (Twitter/CityofMoncton)
The latest Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard with lots of energy as it headed for the Maritimes.
The winter storm brought heavy snow and strong northeast winds to the region.
Snowfall totals as of midday:
St. Stephen: 38 cm
Greater Moncton: 24 cm
Charlottetown: 24 cm
Fredericton: 23 cm
Saint John: 19 cm
Kentville: 19 cm
Yarmouth: 17 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm