Ominous clouds near Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, 03 June 2017 (Dearing)
Weather conditions have been cool and unsettled in the Maritimes over the past several days.
While driving in Nova Scotia on Friday, I encountered everything from clouds and heavy downpours to a clearing sky with bright sunshine to clouds and rain again.
On the way home to New Brunswick on Saturday, I encountered similar conditions.
In Greater Moncton today, the thermometer climbed to a daytime high of only 10.6 C under a dreary sky which is about 10 degrees below normal for early June.
Forecasters say warmer, more seasonal temperatures will return by Wednesday but not before a risk of frost in Southeast New Brunswick by early Tuesday.
A view of Percé Rock, Quebec, 09 July 2016 (Dearing)
Some claimed it was time to haul out the parkas again after five straight days with daytime highs failing to reach 20 C in Greater Moncton.
Keep in mind the average early July high is 25 C and recent daily maximums were barely climbing to 15 C.
Data shows this has been the coolest stretch in July in many years.
But grey skies are finally clearing and Environment Canada is forecasting highs at or slightly above normal over the next few days.
Evening sky in Moncton, 03 July 2016 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton typically reaches a daytime high of 25 C in early July but while it was 28 C yesterday, it was only 19 C today and perhaps slightly cooler tomorrow.
The below normal conditions – coming after several weeks of warm weather – are due to a chilly north wind and two low pressure systems merging over Atlantic Canada.
On a positive note, some needed rain is on the way after a recent dry spell in Southeastern New Brunswick.
Canada geese feed on a soggy lawn at Jones Lake, Moncton, 15 June 2016 (Dearing)
During the first half of June, rainfall was measured on 11 of 15 days in Greater Moncton according to Environment Canada.
Clouds came along with that rain which has meant only short bursts of sun during the mostly gloomy weather.
Hope is on the horizon since forecasters say that stubborn low pressure system will be replaced by high pressure and temperatures could hit 30 C by Sunday.
But not before a chilly night with either a frost advisory or a risk of frost for most of New Brunswick.
Low pressure system impacts Atlantic Canada this week, 14 June 2016 (TWN)
Cloudy, cool, drizzle, showers and repeat.
If it was April we wouldn’t think twice but it’s mid-June and heat is currently absent in Southeast New Brunswick.
The daytime high in Greater Moncton was 12.2 C yesterday and the high today will struggle to reach 10 C.
Keep in mind, the average high for this time of year is 22 C and the low is 10 C.
A pesky low pressure system has no place to go thanks to a blocking high over Greenland so forecasters say cloudy, wet conditions will persist this week.
Wooded trail in Irishtown Nature Park, NB, 29 May 2016 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton was actually warmer than normal in May according to Environment Canada but somehow it seemed cooler than average.
Overnight lows were quite cold throughout the month with five nights either at or below freezing and just three nights at or higher than 10 C.
Daytime highs varied widely with six days failing to reach 10 C and eleven days climbing to at least 20 C or more.
Rainfall was below normal with snow flurries spotted on 09 May and measurable snow in western New Brunswick as late as 16 May.
MAY 2016 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH 16.7 C
Average LOW 4.7 C
AVERAGE 10.7 C (about 0.7 degrees ABOVE 30-year average)
Extreme HIGH 29.5 C (31 May, new record high for date)
Extreme LOW -4.0 C (01 May)
RAINFALL 75.0 mm (about 20 percent BELOW 30-year average)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 25 April 2016 (Dearing)
Spring sputtered in Southeast New Brunswick during April with cold overnight lows and daytime highs were all over the chart.
Precipitation was below normal with little snow in Greater Moncton and rainfall was about 20 percent below average.
Although the thermometer climbed into the 20’s on a couple days, lows were so chilly during the last week that records were challenged on several nights.
APRIL 2016 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH 9.5 C
Average LOW -3.0 C
AVERAGE 3.2 C (about 0.3 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 21.7 C (21 April)
Extreme LOW -11.5 C (4,6 April)
Rainfall 48 mm (about 20 percent BELOW normal)
Snowfall 2.4 cm (about 90 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Downtown Moncton as seen from Jones Lake, 20 Nov 2015 (Dearing)
With only about a month until the astronomical start of winter, there are signs in Greater Moncton late autumn is here and Mother Nature is getting ready for the cold.
Trees are now mostly bare of leaves, most snowbirds have already left for more southern climes and the days seem dull and dark.
Keep in mind that November is the least sunniest month in Southeast New Brunswick with an average of only 95 hours of sunshine compared to July which typically has 256 hours.
Moncton’s Sunnybrae Cenotaph following Remembrance Day service, 11 Nov 2015 (Dearing)
Remembrance Day is a solemn time to reflect on the past and pay tribute to all those who have served Canada in past conflicts.
The weather on this date is typically cold and damp and in Greater Moncton it turned out to be a chilly day with hints of blue sky during the service at Sunnybrae Cenotaph in northeast Moncton.
The temperature at the 11 o’clock hour was about 5°C with an afternoon high of 7°C.
With a fall storm now history, the Weather Network is expecting dry conditions for Halloween in Greater Moncton this year.
A light breeze and a temperature around 5 C as the ghosts and goblins start asking “trick or treat” are likely in Southeast New Brunswick.