Hoar frost on trees in west end Moncton, 14 Jan 2019 ( Dearing)
A good old fashioned January cold snap continues in New Brunswick with well below normal temperatures since last weekend.
Wind chill values have dropped to -30 giving the risk of frostbite on exposed skin.
After a frosty -21.4°C in Greater Moncton earlier this week, forecasters say a further tumble to -23°C is likely before a potent winter storm arrives on Sunday.
Environment Canada is tracking a system moving across the U.S. which is expected to bring at least 30 cm of snow, 50 mm of rain, a period of freezing rain and strong winds to the Maritimes.
Power crews working on restoration efforts in Nanaimo, BC, 25 Dec 2018 (BC Hydro)
Almost 7,000 customers are still without electricity in British Columbia after the most powerful windstorm in 20 years struck the province a week ago.
BC Hydro says most of the remaining outages are in the southern Gulf Islands and those customers should be back on the grid by New Year’s Eve.
At the storm’s peak about 700,000 customers were in the dark after wind gusts of between 90 and 123 km/h were recorded on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
After a brief quiet period over Christmas, the next system is coming this weekend bringing more active weather including rain, snow, and gusty winds.
Wildfires create smoky sky over downtown Calgary, AB, 14 Aug 2018 (Dearing)
Here is the annual list from Environment Canada:
Record wildfires and smoky summer skies in the West
Summer heat wave from East to West
Tough growing season in the Prairies
Powerful May winds impact Ontario and Quebec
September tornadoes touch down in Ottawa-Gatineau
Spring flooding in southern British Columbia
Historic spring flooding along the St. John River Valley
August deluge in Toronto
Record cold start to a long winter nationwide
Cold and stormy April for the East
autumn, cold, dry, fire, flooding, heat, rain, smoke, snow, spring, summer, tornado, warm, wind, winter |
Reservoir at Irishtown Nature Park, 16 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
More than 24 hours after it started, snow finally stopped falling in Southeast New Brunswick and a slow moving low pressure system headed to western Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton picked up between 20 and 25 cm and schools in the region were closed for two days.
Higher amounts of snow fell in western New Brunswick, western Prince Edward Island and the Cape Breton Highlands.
Environment Canada says the next major weather should arrive Friday with warm, moist air boosting temperatures and bringing significant rainfall.
Snow falling in southern Scotland, UK, 15 Dec 2018 (D.Cheskin/PA)
So-called Storm Deirdre put a damper on holiday shopping this weekend just days before Christmas as strong winds, freezing rain, rain and snow turned many roads into ice rinks across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Weather warnings covered most regions except for Greater London and southeast England which saw mostly rain.
Hurricane force winds gusted up to 120 km/h in the Scottish Highlands where up to 50 cm of snow fell.
Police responded to numerous highway collisions related to the icy conditions.
Irishtown Nature Park reservoir is already frozen, 01 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
An Arctic air mass continues to have its grip over the Maritimes with today marking the sixth day of below freezing temperatures in Greater Moncton.
The early morning lows dropped to -16.1°C yesterday and -16.5°C today.
Brisk northwest winds have also created bitter wind chills into the -20s this weekend giving a risk of frostbite on exposed skin.
The normal high for early December is 0°C and the low is -8°C.
Environment Canada says temperatures may not climb above freezing until Friday making this one of the longest cold snaps in recent memory.
Tree topples over following powerful winds, 04 Nov 2018 (NB Power)
An intense low pressure system moving up from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Maritimes overnight.
The powerful hurricane-force gusts knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 customers in New Brunswick during the height of the storm.
Temperatures were very mild thanks to a southerly flow with highs exceeding 20°C in some areas including a new record of 21.7°C in Cheticamp.
Rainfall amounts (mm):
Kejimkujik, NS 93
Alma, NB 85
Greater Moncton 69
Saint John 60
Summerside, PEI 58
Halifax Stanfield 45
Wind gusts (km/h):
Bouctouche, NB 119
North Cape, PEI 117
Greater Moncton 110
North Mountain, NS 108
Grand Etang, NS 106
Saint John 100
Halifax Stanfield 100
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Snow settles in NE Moncton before a changeover to rain, 28 Oct 2018 (Dearing)
A frosty Saturday morning proved record breaking at the Greater Moncton International Airport when the thermometer plunged to -6.6°C which breaks the previous cold low from 1998 by 0.1°C.
Frigid temperatures were also set in Edmundston at -12.2°C, Woodstock at -11.7°C and Saint John at -8.4°C with weather records going back to 1886.
The Arctic cold was soon replaced by a low pressure system with some tropical moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Willa.
The early season Nor’easter brought snow, ice pellets and eventually rain to the Maritimes along with gusty winds which uprooted trees in parts of New England.
A boat rests on a street in Teacapan, Sinaloa, Mexico following Hurricane Willa, 24 Oct 2018 (Reuters)
Crashing into the Pacific coast of Mexico between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Hurricane Willa was a Category 3 storm packing wind gusts up to 193 km/h.
The eye of the hurricane struck the town of Teacapan where roofs were ripped off buildings and the streets were turned into a muddy mess.
Roads leading into Teacapan were littered with dozens of fallen utility poles.
A massive evacuation effort moved thousands into temporary shelters inland and no deaths were reported.
Snow squall in west end Moncton, 18 Oct 2018 (Dearing)
Low clouds and cold gusty winds across the warm Gulf of St. Lawrence and Bay of Fundy produced the first snow flurries of the season throughout the Maritimes today.
Greater Moncton actually had occasional snow squalls throughout the afternoon but there was no accumulation.
Some areas of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia did record slight amounts on the ground.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement with up to 10 cm of snow possible for the Cape Breton Highlands.