Temperature dropped below 10 C by early afternoon, 02 June 2018 (Dearing)
Unbelievable! Conditions went from hot to cold in just a matter of hours after a cold front swept through New Brunswick today.
In Greater Moncton, the high of 18°C was set early this morning before the front changed the wind direction from south to north and the temperature dropped six degrees in an hour to 11°C by 9am.
This is in stark contrast to yesterday when the thermometer climbed to 29.7°C which was the warmest high so far this year.
New maximum records were set for 01 June in Bouctouche at 32.6°C, Miramichi at 32.7°C and 33.2°C at Kouchibouguac National Park.
Despite chilly weather, snowbanks are melting in NE Moncton, 16 April 2018 (Dearing)
Mid-April is here already but temperatures certainly haven’t been improving very much lately in New Brunswick.
Overnight lows continue to be abnormally cold with records set on Sunday, 15 April.
Greater Moncton fell to -9.1 C which breaks a record low of -8.6 C from 1981.
New records were also set in Bouctouche at -8.6 C and Miscou Island at -9.3 C.
A low pressure system passed south of New Brunswick on Thursday and brought snow to the northern part of the province.
The same storm also delivered snow to eastern Quebec including Quebec City and Saguenay late Wednesday.
Greater Moncton was left relatively unscathed with about 6 cm of snow and freezing rain just in time to make the evening commute rather slippery.
Updated summary of snowfall as of 8:00 A.M. Friday:
- Edmundston 20 cm
- Bathurst 19 cm
- Miramichi 17 cm
- Kouchibouguac 15 cm
- Charlo 10 cm
- Bouctouche 8 cm
- Shediac 8 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
A slow moving frontal system brought heavy rain to western New Brunswick with about 20 mm falling per hour in the southwest.
Environment Canada reported 174 mm of rain in St. Stephen over a two day period which is a shocking amount considering about 180 mm fell from June to September.
Other amounts include 112 mm in Edmundston, 93 mm in Woodstock and 74 mm in Fredericton.
Rainfall totals were much lower in Southeast New Brunswick where only 27 mm fell at the Greater Moncton International Airport.
Tropical air with this system broke more record highs in Atlantic Canada with a maximum of 23.4 C in Moncton and Bouctouche, 23.5 C in Cheticamp, 22.0 C in Deer Lake and 21.2 C in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Sunflowers flourishing during heat wave, Salisbury, NB, 24 Sept 2017 (Dearing)
Having a heat wave in late September is unusual for Southeast New Brunswick but even more so is that the highest temperature of 2017 has occurred in early autumn.
The thermometer soared to 31.1 C yesterday (26 September) at the Greater Moncton International Airport which breaks the previous maximum of 29.6 C from 2007 and records date back to 1881.
The previous high for the year had been 30.6 C recorded on 04 August.
At least 10 other New Brunswick communities set new record highs yesterday including Fredericton at 32.8 C, Woodstock at 32.3 C and Bouctouche at 31.8 C.
Environment Canada says temperatures will return to more seasonable values by the weekend with highs between 16 and 18 C.
Shepody Bay from Dorchester Beach, NB, 26 June 2016 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton reached a daytime high of 29.8 C today which is the warmest temperature so far in 2016.
Environment Canada reports at least nine other communities in New Brunswick reached 30 C or higher.
The hotspot was Bathurst at a sizzling 33.3 C.
The warm, windy conditions were not helpful for firefighters near Bouctouche battling a forest fire which was eventually brought under control.
Downtown Moncton in the distance from atop Magnetic Hill, 07 Sept 2015 (Dearing)
A record high was very close to being broken in Greater Moncton yesterday when the thermometer hit a scorching 32.0 C and the humidex peaked at 39.
The record was 32.2 C set in 1945 – close but no cigar as the saying goes!
The hotspot in New Brunswick was in Miramichi yesterday at 32.5 C and records were broken in Bouctouche and Caraquet.
After a cooler day with some much needed rain today, Environment Canada is forecasting a return to warmer weather in the mid-20s Celsius for the next couple of days.
Clear but cold in Moncton, 24 February 2015 (Dearing)
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any colder this winter… well it did.
Environment Canada says this morning’s unofficial low of -25.3 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport was cold enough to break a record.
The previous low for this date was -23.9 C from 1972.
Record lows were also broken this morning in Bouctouche, Caraquet and Point Lepreau.
Courtesy TWN, 01 April 2014
Students in Southeast New Brunswick enjoyed another day off today as a stubborn low pressure system stalled over the region bringing strong winds, snow, rain, freezing rain and ice pellets.
The storm has knocked down power lines and poles thanks to falling branches and trees.
Many have been without power in the Shediac and Bouctouche areas since Sunday night and warming centres have opened for those needing refuge.
I lost power in my northeast Moncton neighbourhood for almost three hours last night and the drive home was slow due to traffic light outages which often led to chaos at intersections.
The Arctic chill set more new record lows in New Brunswick this morning as a blizzard barrels up the Eastern Seaboard.
Greater Moncton dropped to -15.0 C today breaking the old record of -13.1 C from 1992.
New lows were also set in Saint John at -19.8 C, Bouctouche at -16.5 C and Alma at -15.2 C.
Environment Canada is now forecasting 30-40 cm snow tomorrow with strong, gusty winds creating poor visibility and whiteout conditions.