Icy road on the Acadian Peninsula, 27 Jan 2017 (Twitter)
Canada had the eighth warmest period in 70 years of reporting weather in 2017, with temperatures averaging 1.4°C above normal.
From a list of 100 significant weather events across the country, Environment Canada picked the top 10 weather stories of the year:
1. Long and destructive summer wildfire season in British Columbia
2. Hot and dry summer in the West from Interior BC to Manitoba
3. Spring flooding in Quebec and Ontario
4. Cold and snowy winter in BC including Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island
5. More heavy rain and flooding in Southwestern Ontario during late August
6. Cool and wet summer in Central Canada
7. Heavy snow cripples Ontario and Quebec in mid-March
8. Record heat across Eastern Canada during September
9. Blizzards hit Newfoundland in March and April
10. Lengthy ice storm impacts New Brunswick in late January
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)
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.
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.
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.
NB Route 8 between Bathurst and Allardville, 17 Nov 2017 (Facebook/RCMP)
A fall storm brought heavy rain to Southern New Brunswick but rain changed to snow in northern New Brunswick today giving the region its first taste of winter this season.
RCMP were asking drivers to slow down and pay attention to the conditions as snow accumulated on highways.
Up to 10 cm of snow fell in some parts of the north with Bathurst reporting about 4 cm.
In Greater Moncton, the temperature climbed to 8 C in the morning and fell to 3 C by mid-afternoon when snow mixed in with rain.
A sunny but cold morning in west end Moncton, 13 Nov 2017 (Dearing)
Clear skies and an Arctic air mass lowered temperatures in Greater Moncton to a chilly -9.0 C on November 12th and 13th.
Recent data shows temperatures that low (within 2 and 3 degrees of record lows) typically don’t occur until later in the month and the thermometer failed to climb above freezing on the 12th which is also earlier than normal.
A new record low was set at the Saint John Airport when it fell to -11.3 C on the 12th.
Quite a contrast from just a week ago when several communities in New Brunswick climbed into the low 20s Celsius.
Remembrance Day 2017 at Sunny Brae cenotaph in Moncton, 11 Nov 2017 (Dearing)
Remembrance Day 2017 was sunny but cold in Greater Moncton.
At 11am, the temperature was near freezing and it was dry with a westerly wind gusting at times to 40 km/h.
Despite the raw wind, it actually seemed warmer this year since in 2016 it was cloudy with a bone-chilling light rain.
Heavy snow in Mount Forest, ON, 10 Nov 2017 (TWN)
Temperatures have felt more like January than November across Ontario as an Arctic air mass brought snow and record cold to many communities.
Both Toronto Pearson and Toronto Island Airports set new lows early Friday and early Saturday near -10 C which in some cases dated back to the mid-1800s.
Police warned drivers to slow down on highways which became slick with the first snowfall of the season.
Snow falling in west end Moncton, 10 Nov 2017 (Dearing)
A low pressure system moved into New Brunswick today bringing heavy rain accompanied by a vigorous cold front with Arctic air behind it.
As a result, the temperature in Greater Moncton plunged dramatically in just one hour – from a daytime high of 10.3 C at 11am to only 1.8 C by noon.
The thermometer continued to drop below freezing and rain turned to snow before the sky cleared in the late afternoon.
Environment Canada is forecasting a cold but dry weekend with sunshine and temperatures at or slightly above freezing.