Summer arrives!

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The summer solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 7:07am ADT today.

This is the longest day of the year with 15 hours and 46 minutes of daylight in Moncton.

The sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer and it will now begin moving south toward the equator which means days will be getting shorter again – by three seconds starting tomorrow.

As for summer weather predictions for the region, the Weather Network is suggesting July and August will have slightly above normal temperatures with high humidity.

Environment Canada believes there is an 80 percent chance of higher than average temperatures and a 40 percent chance of below normal precipitation.

Brisk start to September

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Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers report snow falling in Labrador West, NL, 31 Aug 2017 (Twitter)


Astronomical summer may be officially over but no one expects to see snow at the start of September after a cold front pushed Arctic air southward across Eastern Canada.

With temperatures near freezing, several centimetres of snow fell in northeastern Quebec and Labrador West overnight and drivers say the roads quickly became slushy and slippery.

Greater Moncton felt autumn-like with strong gusty winds under a mostly cloudy sky and temperatures struggled to reach the high teens Celsius.

Last weekend of summer

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Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 17 Sept 2016 (Dearing)

I had to make at least one more trip to Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele yesterday before the official end of astronomical summer.

It turned out to be a beautiful day with just a few clouds, an afternoon high near 24 C and the water of the Northumberland Strait was still warm.

The beach was quiet with only a handful of sunbathers and many who arrived chose to go for a stroll along the water’s edge.

Much needed rain fell today but it was still warm and humid with a high near 20 C.

Last weekend of summer

Parlee Beach, NB, 19 Sept 2014 (TWN)

Parlee Beach, NB, 19 Sept 2014 (TWN)

The last couple nights have been chilly in Southeast New Brunswick, giving us a hint of what may come as we mark the final weekend of astronomical summer 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Greater Moncton, the low yesterday morning (19 Sept) was 0.4°C while this morning (20 Sept) the thermometer dipped to 2.4°C.

While a frost advisory was posted both nights, Moncton itself escaped frost thanks to cloud cover.

Other regions were frosty with the cold spot in New Brunswick at Edmundston yesterday at -5.6°C and even -2.1°C at the Saint John Airport.

Bye bye summer!

Aboiteau Wharf at Cap-Pele, NB, 21 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Wharf at Cap-Pele, NB, 21 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

It was only fitting that I spent the last full day of astronomical summer 2013 at the beach!

Parlee Beach in Shediac and the beach at Aboiteau Wharf in Cap-Pele were my destinations.

The weather was amazing – a light breeze under a sunny sky with a temperature in the low 20’s C.

The overall summer in Greater Moncton was wetter than normal but with above average temperatures according to Environment Canada.

Summer of 2013 so far…

Dickson Falls, Fundy National Park, 21 July 2013 (Dearing)

Dickson Falls, Fundy National Park, 21 July 2013 (Dearing)

We are now about six weeks into the summer of 2013 in Canada and it is time to assess the season to date.

Since astronomical summer began on 21 June, temperatures and precipitation have been generally above normal across the country except for the West Coast where it has been dry and the Prairies where it has been cooler than normal.

Here is a list of major cities across the country and how they compare to normal:

Moncton, NB……+2.1°C above normal temperature and 145% of normal rainfall

Saint John, NB…..+1.9 and 180%

Halifax, NS…….+2.4 and 141%

Charlottetown, PEI…..+1.0 and 91%

St. John’s, NL…..+1.5 and 118%

Montreal, QC…..+2.0 and 122%

Ottawa, ON…..+1.0 and 118%

Toronto, ON…….+2.3 and 284%

Winnipeg, MB……+0.4 and 112%

Regina, SK…..-0.1 and 43%

Edmonton, AB…..-0.1 and 103%

Calgary, AB……+0.5 and 76%

Vancouver, BC…..+1.5 and 71%

Whitehorse, YT…..+2.2 and 162%

Yellowknife, NT…..+1.9 and 42%

(Data courtesy Accuweather.com)