Sunset at Irishtown Nature Park, 25 January 2020 (Dearing)
Glancing at the data for January 2020, one would think it was as cold if not colder than normal in Southeast New Brunswick.
The thermometer sank below -10°C on sixteen days while four of those days dropped to -20°C or lower during the month.
Despite the frigid weather, January was in fact almost three degrees above normal in Greater Moncton.
Despite two major snowfalls (including one event near 30 cm) and some rainfall, precipitation was close to the thirty-year average.
JANUARY 2020 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -2.1°C
Average LOW -10.1°C
AVERAGE -6.1°C (about 2.8 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 10.9°C (11 Jan)
Extreme LOW -21.3°C (18 and 22 Jan)
RAINFALL 24.6 mm (NEAR normal)
SNOWFALL 69.6 cm (NEAR normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Radar shows snow (blue), ice (red), and rain (green) at 9am 12 Jan 2020 (Microsoft Weather)
Back-to-back low pressure systems brought a messy mix of precipitation to much of the Maritimes over the weekend.
Rain began falling Saturday with a near record warm high of 11 C in Greater Moncton which melted any snow on the ground.
However, the next system brought colder temperatures and more than ten hours of ice pellets (sleet) in Southeast New Brunswick sometimes mixed with snow and freezing rain.
About 15 cm of ice pellets and snow accumulated Sunday which forecasters say is quite rare and it was certainly heavy to move.
A break in the rain at Irishtown Nature Park reservoir, 15 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
Another intense low pressure system moved through the Maritimes on the weekend bringing a new round of heavy rain and strong winds.
After a bone-chilling start, winds changed direction and a southerly flow pushed the high in Greater Moncton to 13.8°C – close to the record of 13.9°C from 2008.
Winds were strong with gusts up to 87 km/h in Southeast New Brunswick and a peak of 91 km/h reported in Bathurst.
As the storm headed to Newfoundland, cold air plunged into the region and temperatures fell below freezing and may stay that way for several days.
Temperature contrast 8pm, 12 Nov 2019 (earth nullschool.net)
Snow began falling in Southeast New Brunswick Monday night and later changed to freezing rain and then rain by Tuesday afternoon.
The temperature climbed to a balmy 14°C in Greater Moncton and 18°C in Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
But as the low pressure system moved out of the Maritimes toward Newfoundland, winds shifted to the northwest causing the thermometer to drop rapidly Tuesday night with a return to snow when it fell to freezing again.
Overnight low records could be challenged in the region by early Thursday as cold Arctic air takes hold.
Tree leaning on power lines, 01 Nov 2019 (NB Power)
Blustery but mild weather on Halloween continued throughout the first day of November in Southeast New Brunswick.
A cold front created strong winds with a sustained high of 64 km/h and a peak gust of 94 km/h at the Greater Moncton Airport.
Many trees and branches – already weakened by Dorian earlier this fall – came down onto power lines with NB Power dealing with almost 60,000 customers without electricity by late Friday.
Environment Canada warned of gusts up to 110 km/h in the Tantramar Marsh which forced the shutdown of the Trans Canada Highway between Amherst and Sackville until winds subsided.
The daytime high on 01 November was 19.4°C which was slightly warmer than the October maximum of 19.3°C.
The same storm system also hit Quebec where more than one million customers lost power, one man was killed by a falling tree and a canopy collapsed at a service station.
Centennial Park, Moncton, 14 Oct 2019 (Dearing)
Daytime highs were consistently in the mid-teens in Southeast New Brunswick during October which usually sees a sharp drop in temperature as the month progresses.
The average temperature was 0.7°C above normal in Greater Moncton with two days failing to reach 10°C and the warmest maximum on the last day, 19.3°C.
Six days had lows below freezing with some light frost but there was no hard freeze allowing vegetation to flourish.
The precipitation total mostly came from five rainfall events with not a single snowflake recorded.
Fall foliage peaked prior to Thanksgiving weekend and several strong wind events left few leaves on trees by Halloween night.
OCTOBER 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 13.5°C
Average LOW 3.0°C
AVERAGE 8.3°C (about 0.7 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 19.3°C (31 Oct)
Extreme LOW -2.7°C (27 Oct)
RAINFALL 102.7 mm (slightly BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Fallen leaves, Centennial Park, Moncton, 14 Oct 2019 (Dearing)
Fewer trick or treaters are expected to be spooking neighbourhoods in Greater Moncton thanks to heavy rain and strong winds.
A low pressure system could bring at least 30 mm of rain to Southeast New Brunswick over the next 24 hours.
Potentially hurricane-strength winds are expected tomorrow ahead of a cold front but temperatures will be warm reaching the high teens.
Environment Canada has issued wind warnings with gusts from 60-90 km/h and possibly up to 110 km/h in the Tantramar Marsh.
Forecasters say the wind may cause damage to buildings such as to roof shingles and windows.
The wind may not die down until early Saturday.
Irishtown Nature Park, 05 October 2019 (Dearing)
Barely a day after the coolest daytime high in five months, temperatures climbed into the high teens in New Brunswick and low 20’s in Nova Scotia.
This proves just how changeable October can be.
Greater Moncton has wrapped a third day at around 17°C.
The maximum October temperature is typically at least 20°C and it is still possible to reach it before the end of the month.
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 23 Sept 2019 (Dearing)
Summer it seems we hardly knew ya!
Fall officially arrived early this morning in New Brunswick with the autumnal equinox at 4:50am ADT.
The sun is now located just above the equator and day and night are about equal.
The nights will continue to get longer throughout autumn.
The first day proved summer-like in Greater Moncton with a daytime high of 25.8°C and a humidex of 32.
Sunset over Moncton, taken from Dieppe, 20 Aug 2019 (Dearing)
If it wasn’t for the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin, August would have been another dry month in Greater Moncton.
Almost 50 mm of rain fell on 29 August which is more than all of July and pushed the monthly total above normal.
Daytime highs weren’t hot but were consistently warm until a decidedly fall-like four days near the end of the month.
AUGUST 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 25.3°C
Average LOW 12.2°C
AVERAGE 18.8°C (about 0.6 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 30.0°C (03 Aug)
Extreme LOW 5.2°C (25 Aug)
RAINFALL 106.7 mm (about 20 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)