More snow for New Brunswick

Heavy, wet snow coats Moncton’s west end, 21 Nov 2018 (Dearing)

This month will surely go down as one of the coldest and snowiest Novembers in recent memory in New Brunswick.

The latest low pressure system tracked south of Nova Scotia which brought snow north of a line through the Bay of Fundy and rain with some mixed precipitation to the south.

This heavy wet snow only added to the snow cover since the last round had barely melted.

Thanks to the recent powder, at least one ski hill in the province plans to open earlier than unusual.

Overnight snowfall totals (in cm):

  • Mechanic Settlement. 20 cm
  • Greater Moncton. 14 cm
  • Saint John. 12 cm
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Great Canadian Memory Loss

Snow falling in west end Moncton, 13 Nov 2018 (Dearing)

The first snow of the season to fall during the work commute in Greater Moncton created some chaos.

Known as the “Great Canadian Memory Loss”, many drivers forget to slow down and adjust to the road conditions after months of snow-free driving.

While more snow fell in western and northern New Brunswick, a low pressure system brought several centimetres of snow before changing to freezing rain and then rain as the thermometer climbed above freezing.

However, the slush left behind froze overnight when the temperature dropped and the wind chill dropped as low as -20 today.

Rain, rain and more rain!

Rain falling in west end Moncton, 02 Nov 2018 (Dearing)

After a relatively dry summer in Southeast New Brunswick, autumn has proven to be very wet.

In Greater Moncton, precipitation amounts were above normal in both September and October.

As November begins, two storm systems – one from the Great Lakes and the other from the Northeastern U.S. – are combining to bring almost 50 mm of rain this weekend.

Higher amounts of up to 80 mm are possible along the Fundy coast.

The good news is temperatures will rise close to 20°C thanks to a southerly flow of air.

Much needed rain arrives

The pond at Fairview Knoll Park, NE Moncton, 09 Sept 2018 (Dearing)

Courtesy of tropical depression Gordon making its way across Eastern Canada and the United States, much needed rain is falling in Southeast New Brunswick.

Prior to today, less than 8 mm rain has fallen this month in Greater Moncton.

The last significant rainfall was 18 August when a whopping 56 mm fell.

As much as 30 mm is being welcomed across the region.

Hot in the north!

It doesn’t feel tropical in northern Manitoba often but for the last couple of days Churchill on Hudson Bay has been one of the hottest places in Canada.

On Sunday, the thermometer climbed to 29.7 C which broke the old record high by 4 degrees.

It was even warmer on Monday when a new record of 32.2 C was set breaking the old high by almost 8 degrees.

The normal daytime high in Churchill for mid-June is 11 C.

A northerly surge in the jet stream and a high pressure system brought the tropical heat from the Gulf of Mexico.

The warmth will be short-lived with only single digit highs expected by Wednesday.

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.

Thunderstorms roll across N.B.

Ominous clouds over downtown Moncton, 21 June 2017 (Dearing)


The passage of a cold front created thunderstorms across New Brunswick yesterday from west to east. 

A brief storm cell moved through Greater Moncton late in the afternoon with ominous clouds and a short downpour. 

The cold front has been replaced by cooler, drier air today with a seasonable high of 22 C today in Southeast New Brunswick. 

First day of summer 2017

The boardwalk to Kellys Beach at Kouchibouguac National Park, NB, 18 June 2017 (Dearing)


Summer officially arrived in New Brunswick today at 1:24am. 

This is the longest day of the year at 15 hours and 46 minutes in Greater Moncton. 

The sun has reached its northernmost point over the Tropic of Cancer and now begins moving southward which will gradually shorten days. 

The solstice is celebrated in Stonehenge, England where the U.K. Met Office says a record high today of 32.3 C near Gatwick Airport is the warmest first day of summer ever. 

Record lows in Atlantic Canada 

A light snow cover in NE Moncton, 20 April 2017 (Dearing)


A cold air mass continues to linger over the Atlantic Provinces and numerous record lows were broken yesterday. 

In Greater Moncton, the temperature fell to a new record low of -7.7 C which beat the old minimum of -7.2 C from 1961. 

In Nova Scotia, Halifax Stanfield Airport set a new low of -8.0 C while Parrsboro dropped to -9.3 C. 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island recorded a new low of -8.9 C which broke the old low of -7.7 C from 1977. 

Newfoundland records could be described as frigid with new minimums in Deer Lake at -20.3 C beating a low of -12.3 C from 2015 and Corner Brook fell to -14.9 C which broke the old record of -8.8 C also from 2015. 

Greater Moncton hard hit by ice storm

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Ice buildup tilts power pole in Salisbury, NB, 25 Jan 2017 (Facebook/Salisbury Happenings)

More than seven hours of freezing precipitation (ice pellets and freezing rain) weighed down trees and power lines in Southeast New Brunswick causing tens of thousands of power outages.

At the peak, NB Power reported more than 130,000 customers without electricity and the majority were concentrated in Greater Moncton.

The provincial power utility described the ice storm as a “major weather event” and dispatched at least 60 additional crews to restore the grid.

Environment Canada says at least 30 mm of freezing precipitation was recorded in the region and up to 15 mm of rain could fall today.

Above freezing temperatures are expected to melt much of the ice during daylight hours.