Aftermath of a historic blizzard, St. John’s, NL, 18 Jan 2020 (Bob Hallett/Twitter)
Eastern Newfoundland has been paralyzed by a blizzard which meteorologists are calling a weather bomb with historic snow and howling winds.
A state of emergency continued Saturday in St. John’s where a new all-time daily snowfall record was set on Friday.
The provincial capital received an astonishing 76.2 cm on 17 January which buried vehicles and left huge snowdrifts making even walking difficult.
The previous daily record was 68.4 cm from 05 April 1999 with records dating to 1942.
Other communities in the Avalon Peninsula recorded more than 90 cm of snow.
Wind gusts exceeded hurricane-force in many areas with a peak of 171 km/h at Fortune Bay.
The Newfoundland premier has asked the federal government to bring in the army for help in the cleanup effort.
Cat enters snowbound backyard in NW Moncton, 04 March 2019 (T. Clow)
A low pressure system approached the Maritimes from the northeastern United States late Sunday night.
Snow began in New Brunswick early Monday and intensified throughout the day before tapering off to freezing drizzle by evening.
About 24 cm fell in Greater Moncton which was the second heaviest snowfall of the season after the storm on 13 February.
The system also brought snow to western and central Newfoundland later on Monday with freezing rain to the Avalon Peninsula.
Snowfall amounts (cm) as of 1AM Tuesday from Environment Canada:
- Sydney: 26
- Saint John Airport: 26
- Greater Moncton Airport: 24
- Deer Lake: 23
- Fredericton: 21
- Miramichi: 21
- Charlottetown: 19
- Greenwood: 19
- Halifax Stanfield Airport: 17
- Bathurst: 14
- Gander: 14
- Yarmouth: 12
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.
Post-tropical storm Chris quickly moved across eastern Newfoundland late Thursday and early Friday with powerful winds, heavy rainfall and rough surf along the coast.
Gander recorded almost 80 mm of rain (almost a month’s worth), the southern Avalon Peninsula had high water swells of 6 to 8 metres above normal while Bonavista and Cape Pine recorded wind gusts above 100 km/h.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued its final bulletin for Chris early Friday as the storm sped off into the North Atlantic.
Chris near Newfoundland, 19:30 ADT (courtesy Earth Nullhouse Net)
Chris is now a post-tropical storm with sustained winds of 110 km/h and is expected to make landfall in eastern Newfoundland near Cape St. Mary’s tonight.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says strong winds combined with low pressure will create large waves and pounding surf giving the risk of coastal flooding along the southern Burin and Avalon Peninsulas.
Besides a wind warning, a rainfall warning has been issued with possible amounts of 50 mm or more and 20 mm an hour in the heaviest showers.
The remnants of Chris will drift away into the North Atlantic by early Friday morning.
Police car wades through street flooding in St. John’s, NL, 19 Oct 2014 (CP)
Hurricane Gonzalo passed about 50 km south of Cape Race, Newfoundland as a Category 1 storm near dawn this morning.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre noted strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h were reported at Cape Race with higher gusts in the Grand Banks which created 5-12 metre waves along the Atlantic coast.
Flash flooding was reported across the Avalon Peninsula with 50-60 mm of rain falling in St. John’s over just a few hours.
The fast moving Gonzalo, which passed directly over Bermuda on Friday as a Category 4 storm, is now a post-tropical system heading toward the United Kingdom.
Forecast for 07 August 2014
The remnants of Bertha, downgraded today to a non-tropical storm system, have spared the Maritimes and are now heading for eastern Newfoundland.
Forecasters say rain and gusty winds – up to 70 km/h – are likely for St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula tomorrow.
Showers, thunderstorms and cool temperatures will persist in Southeast New Brunswick tomorrow due to a low pressure system which is being held in place thanks to Bertha.
25 Dec 2012 (Courtesy NOAA)
With a few centimetres of old snow on the ground, Environment Canada would technically consider that Greater Moncton had a White Christmas.
But that wasn’t the case throughout the rest of the Maritimes with virtually no snow over much of Nova Scotia.
The only other areas of the country which had a Green Christmas were Southern Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula and SW British Columbia.
In the United States, a large part of the West was snow covered today along with the Great Lakes region and the Northeast.
Rafael was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm as it moved into the North Atlantic past eastern Newfoundland this morning.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says rainfall was not really a factor for the island with only 6 mm reported at Cape Race.
A powerful storm surge did affect the southern Avalon Peninsula with waves crashing through a breakwater in Trepassey but there were no reports of injuries.
Hurricane Maria over North Atlantic, 16 Sept 2011 (NASA)
Hurricane Maria (Category 1) made landfall this afternoon along Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula near Argentia.
Top winds were clocked at 103 km/h which is no breeze in the park but it was much less than projected from Environment Canada.
As Maria raced across the Avalon toward St. John’s, she was downgraded to a tropical storm bringing heavy rains and high winds to the Newfoundland capital.
No major power outages and little damage from the storm were reported.