April 2017 – Spring sputters

Budding trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)

Spring seldom arrives on time in New Brunswick and this year is no exception even though April was actually warmer than normal in Greater Moncton.

The month can be broken into four segments – cold in the beginning, then warm, turning cold again and finally warm again near the end.

A consistent snow cover began on 27 November and disappeared briefly in late January before finally melting for the season by 10 April.

Precipitation overall was below average with much less snow than normal.

APRIL 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 10.5 C

Average LOW -0.8 C

AVERAGE 4.9 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH 21.8 C (27 April)

Extreme LOW -7.7 C (01, 19 April)

RAINFALL 42.5 mm (about 30 percent BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL 6.8 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Sunny weekend

Daffodills at MacArthur's Nurseries in Moncton, 28 April 2013 (Dearing)

Daffodills at MacArthur’s Nurseries in Moncton, 28 April 2013 (Dearing)

For the first time in recent memory, both Saturday and Sunday in Greater Moncton were mostly sunny with seasonable daytime temperatures ranging from 10 to 15°C.

The daffodils are up, the tulips are next and most trees are now budding which means it won’t be long before we see leaves again.

Today was also warm enough to get a sun tan which many were doing including me!