Severe thunderstorm, Caraquet, NB, 18 May 2017 (R.Mallais/Twitter)
After a severe ice storm in February, the Acadian Peninsula has been hit with bad weather again and this time by possible tornadoes.
Environment Canada is investigating after social media showed downed power poles, partially collapsed roofs and overturned concrete last night.
Severe thunderstorms can cause straight line winds with gusts as high as 130 km/h which is the same strength as the lowest level of tornado.
NB Power is working to restore electricity for thousands in northeastern New Brunswick and it could be sometime tomorrow before full restoration occurs.
The same frontal trough of low pressure moved into Greater Moncton this afternoon creating a 9 degree temperature drop (23 C to 14 C) in less than an hour and a wind direction change from southwest to northeast.
Jones Lake, west end Moncton, 18 May 2017 (Dearing)
Summer-like air enveloped the Maritime Provinces with new record high temperatures set in all three provinces yesterday.
Environment Canada says more than a dozen communities in New Brunswick hit new maximums for the date including St. Stephen at 34.0 C (hot spot in Canada), Fredericton at 33.0 C and both Woodstock and Edmundston at 32.0 C.
While the thermometer reached a record-breaking 30.5 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport, the overall 18 May record for Moncton is 31.7 C from 1918.
In Nova Scotia, new records were set in Greenwood and Kejimkujik Park at 32.0 C while Summerside, Prince Edward Island warmed up to 26.3 C.
Warm weather in Ontario heading to the Maritimes, 17 May 2017 (TWN)
A high pressure system is pushing warm, southerly air into the Maritimes with highs approaching 30 C tomorrow in New Brunswick.
Environment Canada says humidex values could climb to 39 which has led to a Level 1 Heat Alert for Fredericton and St. Stephen.
The provincial health department issues this alert when anyone vulnerable to the heat may be affected.
Greater Moncton could break a record on Thursday if the temperature reaches the forecast high of 28 C.
Budding trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)
Spring seldom arrives on time in New Brunswick and this year is no exception even though April was actually warmer than normal in Greater Moncton.
The month can be broken into four segments – cold in the beginning, then warm, turning cold again and finally warm again near the end.
A consistent snow cover began on 27 November and disappeared briefly in late January before finally melting for the season by 10 April.
Precipitation overall was below average with much less snow than normal.
APRIL 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 10.5 C
Average LOW -0.8 C
AVERAGE 4.9 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 21.8 C (27 April)
Extreme LOW -7.7 C (01, 19 April)
RAINFALL 42.5 mm (about 30 percent BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 6.8 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Signs of spring, downtown Moncton, 10 April 2017 (Dearing)
For the first time this spring, temperatures in the Maritime Provinces climbed to 20 C and higher yesterday.
In Greater Moncton, the thermometer hit 20.6 C but wasn’t quite as warm as the record of 26.7 C from 1945.
Grand Manan Island was the hotspot in New Brunswick with a new record high of 20.8 C.
Several locations in Nova Scotia were also the warmest so far this season with 23.1 C recorded at Halifax Stanfield Airport although it was much cooler in downtown Halifax.
A new record was set in Kejimkujik Park at 25.8 C which was the hotspot in Canada.
Outdoor thermometer in NE Moncton, 07 April 2017 (Dearing)
Astronomical spring officially arrived almost three weeks ago but it finally arrived in the Maritimes today with record highs throughout the region.
In Greater Moncton, the temperature climbed to 17.3 C – the warmest high of 2017 – which surpassed the previous record of 15.6 C from 1962.
It hasn’t been this warm since 22 October when the thermometer reached 20.5 C.
The hot spot in New Brunswick was 17.7 C in Kouchibouguac, it reached 16.7 C in Stanhope, Prince Edward Island and 21.1 C in Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
The highest temperatures in Canada were found in Saskatchewan today with a high of 24 C in Regina.
Snow melting in Riverview, 24 Feb 2017 (Dearing)
Mild temperatures have been melting lots of snow in Southeast New Brunswick this week.
Greater Moncton now has about 50 cm on the ground compared to more than 110 cm only a week ago.
The daytime high climbed to 11.5 C at the airport on Friday but a private weather station recorded a maximum of 14.6 C at Jones Lake.
Environment Canada is forecasting the warmth to continue for the next few days with a sudden cold snap expected to arrive later in the week.
What a difference in one week in downtown Fredericton, 23 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
The weather has been relatively calm lately in New Brunswick and the Maritimes which has been a welcome relief after a string of winter storms earlier this month.
Mild air has pushed into the region which set several record highs yesterday both here and in Southern Ontario.
The Greater Moncton International Airport reached 10 C and it was the warmest temperature since 18 December – just shy of the record of 13.2 from 1981.
But some weather stations in the Moncton area climbed as high as 13 C.
New record highs for 23 February:
Kouchibouguac Nat’l Park 12.4 C
Woodstock, NB 11.9 C
Bathurst 10.5 C
Windsor, ON 19.3 C
London, ON 18.3 C
Toronto Pearson Airport 17.7 C
The January wolf moon over downtown Moncton, 11 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton is experiencing another see-saw temperature pattern this week.
After the thermometer fell to -23.2 early Tuesday (coldest yet this winter and coldest since February 2015), a Colorado Low brought milder air and rain to Southeast New Brunswick today with a balmy high of 7.7 C.
But an Arctic air mass is pushing in again by the weekend and Environment Canada says a drop to -19 C is forecast by early Saturday.
By early next week, temperatures are set to get warmer again and climb above freezing.
Lots of snow for mid-December in Moncton, 16 Dec 2016 (Dearing)
On Saturday morning the temperature in Greater Moncton bottomed out at a frigid -22.1°C but by later in the evening it had climbed to -2°C.
The thermometer continued to rise on Sunday and a mild high of 10.6°C was recorded by late afternoon with heavy rain before another drop to -1°C by late in the evening with snow flurries.
Today the temperature is dropping as the day goes on and as of mid-morning sat at -13°C.
In a 48-hour period the temperature climbed more than 30 degrees C and then dropped again by 24 degrees C – one of the wildest temperature swings in recent memory.