Erin drenches Maritimes

Post-tropical depression Erin interacted with an incoming low pressure system to produce lots of rain in the Maritimes.

Environment Canada says the heaviest amounts were recorded in northern Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley – Parrsboro and Greenwood each had more rain from this storm than all of July and August combined.

Some roads were damaged and even washed out by surface runoff or flooding.

Erin’s direct path along Nova Scotia’s south shore produced wind gusts up to 80 km/h.

The storm brought tropical air with a high of 23°C in Greater Moncton on Friday but a humidex of 32.

Rainfall totals (mm):

  • Parrsboro 162
  • Greenwood 127
  • Kentville 115
  • Summerside 67
  • Fredericton 56
  • Moncton 50
  • Halifax (city) 48

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Heaviest snowfall of 2019

Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 13 Feb 2019

Lots of rain, freezing rain and ice pellets have been recorded so far this year in Southeast New Brunswick but snow has been somewhat scarce – until today.

A Colorado Low made its way across the continent this week bringing lots of snow to the American Midwest, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec before arriving in the Maritimes.

Greater Moncton received 26 cm of snow followed by ice pellets and some freezing rain/drizzle along with strong winds which created poor visibility.

Snowfall amounts were fairly consistent across most of Nova Scotia with 22 cm at Greenwood and Halifax Stanfield Airport, 21 cm in Sydney but only 11 cm in Yarmouth.

Environment Canada says cold weather will replace the snow for late week with a brief warmup and rain expected this weekend.

Quick shot of snow for N.S.

A weak low pressure system moved across Nova Scotia just in time to bring heavy snow during the Friday night commute in the Halifax region.

About 4 cm of snow fell in the city with 8-15 cm in other parts of the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Annapolis Valley.

The snow was heavier across northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island with more than 20 cm recorded in some areas.

Southeast New Brunswick was barely affected by this system with only a trace of snow in Greater Moncton.

Meantime, another system which missed the Maritimes hit the Avalon Peninsula where St. John’s was digging out yesterday from 25-30 cm snow.

Heavy snow hammers Maritimes


Vehicles covered in snow, NE Moncton, 08 Jan 2017 (Dearing)

An intense low pressure system is now over Newfoundland after dumping up to 40 cm of snow on parts of the Maritimes overnight.

Snowfall was heaviest over central Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and Prince Edward Island.

For Greater Moncton, this storm delivered the most snow since 30 November when more than 25 cm was recorded.

Fortunately this is light, dry snow since it fell when temperatures were cold (about -10 C or so) and it is much easier to move than wet, moisture-laden snow.

As expected, northern New Brunswick got off easy this time with only 3 cm reported in Bathurst.

Snow totals as of 8am AST:

Greater Moncton Airport 22 cm

Gagetown 23 cm

Saint John Airport 21 cm

Halifax Stanfield Airport 33 cm

Halifax downtown 26 cm

Yarmouth 26 cm

Greenwood 36 cm

Sydney 27 cm

Charlottetown 35 cm

(Data courtesy Environment Canada and local estimates)

NB misses another round of snow


A wintry scene in Halifax, 10 April 2016 (TWN/Twitter)

A low pressure system passed south of Nova Scotia overnight delivering another round of winter but New Brunswick largely missed the latest snow event.

Parts of northern Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and the Halifax region received up to 15 cm of heavy, wet snow which knocked out power in some areas.

Greater Moncton only reported a few snow flurries early this morning but otherwise it was a cold and sunny day.

The snow is already melting in Nova Scotia given the long hours of daylight as we approach mid-April.

Nova Scotia nailed by storm

The latest winter storm to impact the Maritimes barely touched New Brunswick but battered Nova Scotia especially the Halifax region.

Almost 40 cm of snow was recorded near the Atlantic coast with nearly 30 cm in the Annapolis Valley.

Greater Moncton was left unscathed this time with less than 2 cm of snow.

Aftermath of Arthur

Courtesy TWN

Courtesy TWN

Arthur packed quite a punch across the Maritimes yesterday with strong, gusty winds along the Bay of Fundy, across southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

Environment Canada is also reporting impressive rainfall amounts with a whopping 143 mm at St. Stephen – more than a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours!

Meantime, rain was light across Prince Edward Island, eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

Greater Moncton seems to have been spared the worst of Arthur with a peak wind gust of 67 km/h and about 36 mm of rain.

Arthur downgraded to post-tropical storm

George Street in Fredericton, NB, 05 July 2014 (Twitter)

George Street in Fredericton, NB, 05 July 2014 (Twitter)

Arthur made landfall in the Maritimes as a post-tropical storm near Meteghan, Nova Scotia around 7:30 a.m. today.

Forecasters at the Canadian Hurricane Centre say winds are strongest to the right of the storm in the Annapolis Valley (topping 140 km/h) and rain has been heaviest to the left of the storm in central and southern New Brunswick (over 150 mm).

More than 200,000 customers have lost power in the region with social media users reporting flooding and downed trees in Saint John, Fredericton and Halifax.

In Greater Moncton, periods of heavy rain and gusty winds have been ongoing since this morning with leaves, branches and even a few trees coming down.