Glorious sunset in NE Moncton, 22 Apr 2019 (Dearing)
Spring can be the most disappointing season of the year in New Brunswick and April 2019 was no exception with cloudy, cool and often wet conditions.
Surprisingly, Greater Moncton was close to normal in temperature but double the average amount of rain fell along with slightly more snow than usual.
Melting snow and heavy precipitation led to more disastrous flooding along the St. John River – almost as bad as last year’s historic water levels.
Only one day was fully below freezing and while nights weren’t that cold, daytime highs often struggled to reach the double digits.
APRIL 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 8.1°C
Average LOW -1.0°C
AVERAGE 3.6°C (near normal)
Extreme HIGH 18.9°C (21 Apr)
Extreme LOW -6.0°C (08 Apr)
RAINFALL 122.5 mm (about 100 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 32.8 cm (slightly ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
A snowy sidewalk in Calgary, 27 April 2019 (Instagram/machadogiselia)
A strong low pressure system brought snow and strong winds to Alberta creating poor visibility and even thunderstorms and a possible tornado were reported.
Emergency officials scrambled to respond to more than 120 road crashes in Calgary on Sunday due to slippery, treacherous conditions after about 15 cm snow fell.
The spring blizzard continued to move across the Prairies where it dumped up to 45 cm on southwestern Saskatchewan including the Cypress Hills area.
The storm crossed into Manitoba with as little as 5 cm in the southeast to about 30 cm in the southwest.
Volunteers filling sandbags in Ottawa, 25 April 2019 (City of Ottawa)
New Brunswick is not the only province experiencing severe flooding this spring – so are Ontario and Quebec.
The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency this week as water levels rose along the Ottawa River.
The military was called in to help with flood mitigation efforts including sandbagging along with thousands of community volunteers.
In the western Laurentian mountains, the Rouge River is threatening to spill over the Bell Falls Dam and at least 60 homes have been evacuated downstream.
Due to the threat of flooding in several areas of the city, Montreal has also declared a state of emergency.
Flooding along the St. John River in Maugerville, 23 April 2019 (5th Canadian Division/Facebook)
For the second year in a row, floodwaters from the St. John River have forced the closure of the Trans Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton.
The New Brunswick Department of Transportation says drivers must detour at the Oromocto exit or at the River Glade exit and travel through Saint John.
The detour will add approximately 90 kilometres in each direction.
River Watch officials say water levels in Saint John are expected to reach last year’s historic marks by Friday and while now receding in Fredericton, the water will likely rise again by this weekend.
Along the waterfront, St. Andrews By-the-Sea, 20 Apr 2019 (Dearing)
For the first time this season, I heard the peepers calling in the distance tonight.
The small chorus frogs are usually a sure sign of spring in the region.
Their annual return seems to coincide with a rainy period and this year is no exception.
About 50 mm of rain could fall in Southeast New Brunswick over the next few days with cold daytime highs in the single digits.
Floodwaters along the St. John River peaked in Fredericton today and are expected to peak in Saint John by Friday.
While the flooding is significant, River Watch officials in New Brunswick say levels are not expected to surpass last year’s historic numbers.
The provincial government has called in the Canadian Armed Forces from CFB Gagetown to help with soldiers assisting with sandbagging, evacuations and wellness checks.
Many roads especially in the Fredericton region have also been closed due to floodwaters and it could be days before some can reopen.
The United Kingdom has been getting its fair share of fine weather this spring and the Easter weekend was no exception.
London’s Heathrow Airport climbed to a record breaking 24.6°C.
Temperatures are finally starting to climb into the double digits here in Southeast New Brunswick but when will it reach the 20°C benchmark?
Since 2014 (see above chart), the average date in Greater Moncton has ranged from mid-April to early May although in 2012 it was in late March.
In other words, it could reach 20°C very soon.
However, Environment Canada’s five-day forecast shows a cool down coming and a high no greater than 14°C expected.
Snow in west end Moncton, 09 April 2019 (Dearing)
Real winter weather in New Brunswick started early – back in mid-November – and the relentless season hangs on.
Greater Moncton recorded 7 cm of snow overnight with more than 10 cm in southwestern New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia.
The strong April sun had melted most it by the end of the day.
But another weak system tonight could bring another 4 cm.
Warmer weather is on the way with Environment Canada forecasting highs in the double digits by the weekend.
A spring Nor’easter swept through the province with heavy snow in northeast New Brunswick, rain in the south and a mixture of both in the Southeast.
Greater Moncton picked up about 10 cm of snow and 17 mm of rain with some freezing precipitation during the changeover.
Saint John recorded 38 mm of rain while the Caraquet area picked up 30 cm of snow.
Strong winds behind the low pressure system gusted up to 90 km/h.