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The cold front has been replaced by cooler, drier air today with a seasonable high of 22 C today in Southeast New Brunswick.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


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


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


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


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)