Cold snap finally ends

Ogilvie Brook, Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 18 Jan 2020 (Dearing)

It’s quite common for the temperature to remain below freezing for a few days in January in Southeast New Brunswick but ten consecutive days is a bit unusual.

Greater Moncton just wrapped up a frigid stretch in which the thermometer plummeted to -21.3°C – twice! – and four other nights fell below -15°C.

This could possibly be the coldest weather of the winter but we still have February and March to come.

Milder conditions led to a daytime high of nearly 3°C on Thursday and 7°C is expected on Sunday with rain in the forecast.

Florida cold prompts odd warning

America’s Sunshine State is experiencing its coldest weather in several years.

Frost and freeze advisories were issued across Florida and a wind chill advisory was in effect even in the south.

The cold snap prompted an unusual warning from U.S. forecasters – watch out for falling iguanas!

Early morning temperatures were frigid by Florida standards with some areas falling below freezing.

Warmer, more seasonable weather returns later this week.

Low temperatures for 22 January:

  • Miami 4.4°C
  • Ft. Myers 2.8°C
  • Tampa 1.7°C
  • Orlando 1.7°C
  • Jacksonville 0°C
  • Panama City -3.3°C
  • (Data courtesy U.S. National Weather Service)
  • Winter officially arrives

    Sprinkling of snow at the Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, NB, 22 Dec 2019 (Dearing)

    The winter solstice arrived at 12:19am ADT Sunday in New Brunswick which means this is the shortest day of the year.

    Greater Moncton will have 8 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.

    But the days will slowly start getting longer again tomorrow with about 4 additional minutes by the end of this month.

    The winter solstice is when the Sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn and now begins moving north to the Equator.

    Fall foliage past peak

    Fall foliage past peak at Centennial Park in Moncton, 14 Oct 2019 (Dearing)

    The turkey dinner has been eaten and the leaves are now past peak in the region.

    Fall foliage typically reaches its peak colour by the Thanksgiving weekend in Southeast New Brunswick.

    While some trees still have most of their leaves, others are already bare.

    Since Thanksgiving was 14 October – the latest possible date for the holiday on the calendar – peak colour actually occurred last week.

    Strong, gusty winds normally bring down the rest of the leaves each year and… guess what?

    Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Greater Moncton with a storm approaching Thursday bringing about 40 mm of rain and winds gusting up to 70 km/h.

    Sloppy storm swipes N.B.

    Snow falls in NE Moncton, 03 April 2019 (Dearing)

    A spring Nor’easter swept through the province with heavy snow in northeast New Brunswick, rain in the south and a mixture of both in the Southeast.

    Greater Moncton picked up about 10 cm of snow and 17 mm of rain with some freezing precipitation during the changeover.

    Saint John recorded 38 mm of rain while the Caraquet area picked up 30 cm of snow.

    Strong winds behind the low pressure system gusted up to 90 km/h.

    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

    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.