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.

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Decent first half of July

An ominous afternoon sky over Greater Moncton, 17 July 2017 (Dearing)


For whatever reason, summer seems to go by faster than the other seasons and here we are already at the midway point of July. 

After 16 days, Greater Moncton has been having a decent month with an average temperature of 19.3 C which is 0.5 degrees above normal. 

Daytime highs have been warm but not hot with a peak of 29.4 C on 16 July while overnight lows have been mild except for a chilly low of 8.9 C on  05 July. 

The only concern is a lack of rainfall. 

The tally is 19.8 mm so far – less than a quarter of the monthly total – but keep in mind we are entering what is traditionally the driest period of the year in Southeast New Brunswick. 

(Stats courtesy Environment Canada)

Spring may finally arrive in N.B.

Snow finally melting in NE Moncton, 05 April 2017 (Dearing)


Good news… spring may finally be arriving!

Environment Canada says the recent winter-like grip over Southeast New Brunswick will finally give way to milder temperatures and rain beginning later this week.

Temperatures will finally climb into the double digits Celsius by Friday for the first time since 01 March!

Localized flooding is possible over ground which may still be frozen and in areas with a significant snow cover.

Another sign of a change in seasons is the return of many migratory birds in Greater Moncton this week with chirping sounds not heard in months.

February 2017 – Lots of snow then mild

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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)

Great snow melt underway

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.

Another rollercoaster ride!

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The January wolf moon over downtown Moncton, 11 Jan 2017 (Dearing)

Greater Moncton is experiencing another see-saw temperature pattern this week.

After the thermometer fell to -23.2 early Tuesday (coldest yet this winter and coldest since February 2015), a Colorado Low brought milder air and rain to Southeast New Brunswick today with a balmy high of 7.7 C.

But an Arctic air mass is pushing in again by the weekend and Environment Canada says a drop to -19 C is forecast by early Saturday.

By early next week, temperatures are set to get warmer again and climb above freezing.

Brief Arctic Blast

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Courtesy The Weather Network

The wind chill was so bitterly cold in Greater Moncton early this morning, it felt more like -35 as the temperature fell to -22 C.

However, the Arctic blast will be short-lived as a Colorado Low approaches the Maritimes with snow, rain and milder temperatures.

Environment Canada is forecasting highs of 8 C by later this week in Southeast New Brunswick.

But by the weekend, temperatures will plummet once again with a low of -16 C expected by early Saturday morning.

Wild temperature swings!

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Lots of snow for mid-December in Moncton, 16 Dec 2016 (Dearing)


On Saturday morning the temperature in Greater Moncton bottomed out at a frigid -22.1°C but by later in the evening it had climbed to -2°C.

The thermometer continued to rise on Sunday and a mild high of 10.6°C was recorded by late afternoon with heavy rain before another drop to -1°C by late in the evening with snow flurries.

Today the temperature is dropping as the day goes on and as of mid-morning sat at -13°C.

In a 48-hour period the temperature climbed more than 30 degrees C and then dropped again by 24 degrees C – one of the wildest temperature swings in recent memory.

November 2016 – Mild and dry

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Remembrance Day service at Sunny Brae cenotaph, Moncton, 11 Nov 2016 (Twitter)

The first two-thirds of November proved to be mostly mild and dry in Greater Moncton although small amounts of rain did fall on most days.

The last ten days of the month took a decidedly colder turn and while overnight lows weren’t very cold, daytime highs struggled in the low single digits.

A blast of winter came at the very end with 26 cm of heavy, wet snow which brought up precipitation amounts but the total was still almost 40 percent below normal.

NOVEMBER 2016 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH  7.2 C

Average LOW  0.5 C

AVERAGE  3.8 C (about 1.9 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  13.7 C (14 November)

Extreme LOW  -4.6 C (29 November)

RAINFALL  35.8 mm (about 60 percent BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL  28.1 cm (about 30 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Lest We Forget

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Remembrance Day service at Sunny Brae cenotaph, Moncton, 11 Nov 2016 (Twitter)


A light rain began falling shortly before the Remembrance Day service in Moncton’s Sunny Brae neighbourhood today.

It was a typical, grey November day but rather mild with a high of 9.4 C before the temperature fell during the afternoon.

Fortunately, the heaviest rain began falling after the service ended.