Record highs in Alberta

Residents of Alberta were golfing rather than skiing this weekend as chinook-like weather brought record high temperatures.

On 09 December, Calgary set a new record of 15.4 C which broke the old record by one full degree from 1890.

The normal daytime high for Calgary is -1 C with an overnight low of -13 C.

Other records were set in Claresholm which hit a summer-like 20.3 C while Sundre reached 16.3 C.

Environment Canada says double digit highs are likely for at least the next few days.

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First snowstorm of season

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Heavy snow falling in northeast Moncton, 09 Dec 2017 (Dearing)

A classic snowstorm brought heavy, moisture-laden snow to much of New Brunswick this weekend.

Environment Canada says the heaviest amounts fell in northeast areas of the province with 27 cm at Bathurst and 24 cm at Miscou Island.

Greater Moncton received 15 cm which was exactly what was being forecasted for Southeast New Brunswick.

The same system brought rain and warm temperatures to eastern mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and the island of Newfoundland with a high of 18 C in St. John’s.

First significant snow coming…

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An approaching low pressure system could bring the first significant snow of the season to much of New Brunswick this weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning with at least 15 cm and Accuweather is suggesting 8-15 cm could fall in Greater Moncton by Sunday.

Strong northeasterly winds are also in the forecast which may cause higher than normal water levels along the coastlines.

Nova Scotia is expected to receive mostly rain and there is some mixing of rain and snow possible for Southeast New Brunswick.

The same system also brought rare snow to northern Mexico and across the American South.

California wildfires prompt massive evacuation

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Man watches wildfire in Ventura, CA, USA, 06 Dec 2017 (AP)

More than 200,000 residents have been evacuated in Southern California as hot, dry Santa Ana winds fan the flames of aggressive wildfires.

The winds which blow westward from the Mohave Desert are forecast to gust up to 130 km/h before subsiding by this weekend.

Firefighters say it will be virtually impossible to fight the blazes in those conditions.

Hundreds of homes surrounding Los Angeles have burned to the ground and the fires have even been jumping freeways.

Heavy rainfall earlier this year helped suppress a lengthy drought but a record hot summer has created extremely parched conditions.

Record highs in Yukon!

Early December is normally quite frosty in Yukon but the jet stream is pushing warm Pacific air into the northern territory breaking record highs.

The current typical high in Whitehorse is -10 C and the maximum on 6 December was 6.7 C breaking the record of 4.4 C from 1960.

Several other communities broke records too including Carmacks at 6.1 C and Haines Junction at 5.5 C.

Environment Canada says the unusual warmth is expected to stick around for a few more days.

UPDATE: Whitehorse also set a new record high of 8.0 C on 7 December.  The old record was 6.1 C from 1960.

Meteorological winter begins

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Most Canadians know winter, astronomically speaking, begins around 21 December but we know the season actually gets underway weeks before then.

Meteorologists like to package winter into neat three month blocks which is why 01 December marks the start of meteorological winter and 28 February marks the end.

In its three month outlook, Environment Canada expects most of New Brunswick will have above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

A large swath of the Arctic will likely be warmer than usual while Ontario and the southern Prairies will have higher amounts of rain and snow compared to normal.

November 2017 – Seesaw temperatures

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Wildflowers and annuals in northeast Moncton, 03 Nov 2017 (Dearing)

As dark and dreary as November seems in Southeast New Brunswick, temperatures can often be volatile and this month was no exception.

Greater Moncton had at least five dramatic temperature swings starting on 10-11 November with a high of 10 C falling to -7 C with strong winds gusting up 69 km/h and the first snow flurries of the season.

The monthly mean of 1.9 C was exactly normal with highs near 20 C on two days early in the month while two days remained below freezing.

Overall precipitation was near normal for the first time since May although snowfall at 3.2 cm was well below normal.

NOVEMBER 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH  7.2 C

Average LOW  -3.3 C

AVERAGE  1.9 C (Normal)

Extreme HIGH  19.8 C (06 Nov)

Extreme LOW  -10.6 C (28 Nov)

RAINFALL  101.8 mm (NEAR normal)

SNOWFALL  3.2 cm (about 80 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Mild for Santa’s arrival

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Santa Claus in downtown Moncton (City of Moncton/Facebook)


The Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade is the unofficial start to the Christmas season in Southeast New Brunswick.

The weather was cooperative for Santa’s arrival this year with a mild 10 C when the parade started at 5pm with light winds under clear and dry conditions.

It was a different story last year with a chilly 3 C under a mostly cloudy sky with damp conditions.

An estimated 100,000 spectators come out to see the parade every year and this year the crowd seemed even larger.

Rain turns to snow!

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Snow covering grassy areas in NE Moncton, 23 Nov 2017 (Dearing)

After an intense late fall storm moved through the Maritimes, strong winds and colder air followed changing rain to snow.

Wind gusts were clocked as high as 139 km/h on the Confederation Bridge prompting a closure this morning.

Rainfall amounts were heavy in many areas including Greater Moncton at 43 mm, Saint John at 56 mm and Halifax Stanfield Airport recorded 33 mm.

Southeast New Brunswick also had several centimetres of snow earlier today which mainly stuck to grassy areas.

Rainfall warning for southern NB

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Heavy rain falls in northeast Moncton, 22 Nov 2017 (Dearing)

A low pressure system from the southwest brought significant rainfall for southern New Brunswick.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning with up to 50 mm expected along the Fundy coast, Greater Moncton and the Kennebecasis Valley.

Drivers are being warned about water pooling on roads and flash flooding.

Falling from a daytime high of 13 C to an overnight low of zero, rain could turn to snow with a slight accumulation possible.