Snow falling in west end Moncton, 09 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
For the third time since the start of 2019, Southeast New Brunswick was hit with snow.
Another low pressure system initially brought snow with 21 cm recorded in Greater Moncton following briefly by ice pellets and then 5 mm of rain as the temperature climbed above freezing.
Higher amounts of snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick while more rain fell over mainland Nova Scotia with localized flooding in the Halifax region.
Environment Canada expects calmer but colder conditions over the next few days.
UPDATE – Storm summary for New Brunswick:
- Miramichi up to 55
- Caraquet up to 44
- Bathurst 28
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Shediac 27
- Alma 26
- Greater Moncton 21
- Fredericton 15
- Saint John 5
- Grand Manan 30
- Saint John 25
- Alma 19
- St. Stephen 13
- Fredericton 5
- Greater Moncton 5
St. George Gorge, Magaguadavic River, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Warm, moist air with southerly winds pushed temperatures into record high territory across the Maritimes on Saturday.
Greater Moncton reached a high of 12.8 C which was actually a bit shy of the 1973 record of 14.4 C.
New record highs for 22 December:
- Greenwood, NS 16.8 C
- St. Stephen, NB 14.7 C
- Saint John, NB 14.1 C
- Fredericton, NB 13.0 C
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 13.6 C
- Alma. NB 12.9 C
- Kouchibouguac, NB 12.9 C
- St. Peters, PEI 12.2 C
The historic Algonquin Resort after a rainstorm, St. Andrews, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Although it has felt like winter for weeks now, the solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 6:23pm AST Friday.
Oddly enough the weather now feels more like spring with a high of 10.1 C on Friday and 12.8 C today in Greater Moncton thanks to southerly winds and heavy rain from an intense low pressure system.
But the warmth will be short-lived as winds change direction to northwesterly behind the system and temperatures will fall below freezing on Sunday.
Rainfall amounts as of 22 December at 12pm AST:
- Mechanic Settlement 92 mm
- St. Andrews 79 mm
- Grand Manan 73 mm
- Alma 60 mm
- Fredericton 51 mm
- Saint John Airport 42 mm
- Miramichi 31 cm
- Greater Moncton about 20 mm
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
- Fredericton 64
- 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
- Fredericton 102
- Saint John 100
- Halifax Stanfield 100
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
An intense low pressure system from the Great Lakes moved across New Brunswick Wednesday night and brought heavy rain especially along the Fundy Coast.
Alma at the entrance of Fundy National Park recorded 121 mm which is more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.
While it was a deluge for some, it was definitely much needed precipitation.
Here are more rainfall amounts:
- Harvey, NB. 80 mm
- Yarmouth, NS. 75 mm
- Saint John, NB. 55 m
- Halifax Airport, NS. 28 mm
- Greater Moncton. 24 mm
Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)
It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.
Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.
A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.
Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.
Here are some other snowfall totals:
- Kentville, NS 24 cm
- Alma, NB 20 cm
- Yarmouth, NS 18 cm
- Sussex, NB 17 cm
- Charlottetown, PEI 12 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 11 cm
- Bathurst, NB 8 cm
- Saint John, NB 6 cm
Freshly fallen snow in west end Moncton, 18 Jan 2018 (Dearing)
Almost 20 cm of snow fell in Greater Moncton yesterday and it came without any official weather warnings.
Some media outlets were suggesting more than 20 cm while Environment Canada was calling for between 10 and 14 cm.
The snowfall turned out to be the second heaviest of the season so far after the Christmas Day storm.
The low pressure system also brought 14 cm to Saint John, 17 cm in the Fredericton area and about 20 cm in Grand Manan and Alma.
Even higher amounts were recorded in eastern Prince Edward Island, northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.
Blue sky with wispy clouds over NE Moncton, 01 May 2016 (Dearing)
After a cooler than normal April in Greater Moncton, May got off to a warm start with a daytime high of 18.3 C under a beautiful, blue sky.
Fredericton was the warm spot in New Brunswick on May Day reaching a high of almost 20 C.
Temperatures did get off to a cool start this morning with lows ranging from -1 C in Alma to -6 C in Edmundston.
Crooked Creek Lookoff, Riverside-Albert, NB, 18 October 2015 (Dearing)
Much of New Brunswick either spotted snow flurries or even saw a slight accumulation of snow on the ground today thanks to the first Arctic chill of autumn.
On a leaf peeping drive along Route 114 between Moncton and Alma today, snow flurries mixed with rain were spotted at times in the early afternoon.
However, the sky eventually cleared as the day went on and it became a brisk fall day to say the least.
Environment Canada is forecasting that temperatures will climb into the mid-teens Celsius this week which is more typical for late October.
Alma, NB, 01 July 2014 (Dearing)
With warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, residents of Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick could not have asked for a better July.
Environment Canada says the average temperature during the month was 2.3 C above the thirty year average while rainfall was about 20 percent above normal.
The only spoiler was Arthur – a nasty post-tropical storm which pounded the province on 05 July with gusty winds at times stronger than hurricane force bringing down trees and power lines.
Thousands went without electricity for days in the Fredericton area.
JULY 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH. 26.9 C
Average LOW. 15.3 C
AVERAGE. 21.1 C (about 2.3 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH. 31.3 C (01 July)
Extreme LOW. 11.3 (05, 06 July)
Rainfall 112.6 mm (about 20 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada based on period 1981-2010)