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.

2016 was warm in Greater Moncton

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Clockwise from top left: Jan 2016 Moncton, May 2016 Moncton, Aug 2016 Kouchibouguac N.P., Oct 2016 Moncton

The average annual temperature for 2016 in Greater Moncton was 6.4 C which was one degree above the 1981-2010 period according to data from Environment Canada.

Precipitation was below normal with 995 mm recorded (1200 mm is average over the same thirty years) broken down as 689 mm of rain and 297 cm of snow.

The highest temperature of the year was 30.5 C on 28 July while the lowest was -22.1 C recorded on 17 December.

The growing season stretched from mid-May to early October which gave Moncton about 142 frost-free days, slightly higher than the average of 127.

Matthew finally weakens

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Flooding after Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, SC, USA, 08 Oct 2016 (Getty Images)

The U.S. National Hurricane Center finally downgraded Matthew to a post-tropical cyclone today after pounding North and South Carolina with strong winds, heavy rain and record flooding before moving east out to sea.

Matthew made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina yesterday as a category 1 hurricane after hugging Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Hundreds had to be rescued from floodwaters in the Carolinas including one woman who was forced to cling to a tree overnight before emergency workers arrived.

The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade has claimed at least 20 deaths in the Southeastern United States and more than 900 in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

 

September 2016 – Warm and dry

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Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 24 Sept 2016 (Dearing)

Warm, summer-like weather continued in Greater Moncton throughout most of September.

Both daytime highs and overnight lows remained mild until temperatures dropped dramatically during the last week of the month.

Rainfall was below normal but even more unusual was New Brunswick was not affected by any post-tropical storms as is typical in early autumn.

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

Average HIGH  20.7 C

Average LOW  9.2 C

AVERAGE  15.0 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  29.1 C (06 September)

Extreme LOW  0.3 C (30 September)

RAINFALL  72.0 mm (about 23 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

July 2016 – Warm and dry

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Forillon National Park near Gaspe, Quebec, 11 July 2016 (Dearing)

It wasn’t very promising early on with a stretch of days which barely reached 16 C and single digits overnight, but July came back to surprise with plenty of warm days during the rest of the month.

The average July temperature in Greater Moncton was 19.4 C  which was 0.6 degrees warmer than the 30-year average.

Rainfall was below normal for the month with about 52 mm and half of that total fell on just one day (07 July).

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

Average HIGH  25.3 C

Average LOW  13.5 C

AVERAGE  19.4 C (about 0.6 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  30.5 C (28 July)

Extreme LOW  9.4 (07 July)

RAINFALL  52.4 mm (more than 40 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Latest round of snow to miss NB

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Snow covered Boston Common, Boston, MA, USA, 04 Apr 2016 (Reuters)

An early spring snowstorm blanketed Southern Ontario yesterday with Toronto Pearson Airport picking up 13 cm and Hamilton getting 18 cm.

The same Alberta Clipper moved over to the American Northeast today giving Boston a wintry feel again.

The system will brush the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia with about 5 cm of snow and lesser amounts inland.

New Brunswick will be spared this round but we won’t escape the cold with overnight lows dipping to -12 C in Greater Moncton.

Almost April Fool’s record high

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Snow cover melts in NE Moncton, 01 April 2016 (Dearing)

It was no joke that Greater Moncton almost reached a record high on the first day of April.

Environment Canada says the record is 18.5 C from 2006 and the official high today was 16.6 C.

The last time it was that warm was last fall –  29 October.

A southerly air flow is a far cry from the colder than normal temperatures in late March.

Chances of a White Christmas

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What are the percentage odds of having a White Christmas in cities across Canada?

Calgary 55%

Charlottetown 60%

Edmonton 80%

Fredericton 55%

Halifax 45%

Iqaluit 100%

Kelowna 50%

London 55%

MONCTON 70%

Montreal 70%

Ottawa 75%

Quebec City 95%

Regina 90%

Saint John 45%

St. John’s 65%

Thunder Bay 90%

Toronto 40%

Vancouver 5%

Victoria 5%

Whitehorse 100%

Winnipeg 95%

Yellowknife 100%

Santa is coming to town!

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Downtown Moncton during the Santa Claus Parade, 28 Nov 2015 (Facebook)

A lack of snow didn’t stop Santa Claus from making an appearance in Greater Moncton last night for the annual Christmas parade – the largest in Atlantic Canada.

At parade start time around 5-pm, the sky was cloudy, winds were light and the temperature was about 1°C.

As part of 91.9 The Bend parade float, it took almost three hours to cover the route from Vaughan Harvey Boulevard to Paul Street and by then it was below freezing.

But fun was still had by all!