Much needed rain arrives

Heavy downpour during thunderstorm in NE Moncton, 11 Aug 2017 (Dearing)

A thunderstorm rolled through Greater Moncton on Friday afternoon and it was a welcome sight when two periods of downpours brought much needed rain.

A fire ban had been in place across Southern New Brunswick but more rain today lowered the fire hazard and burning is now allowed from 8pm to 8am.

The last significant rainfall in Greater Moncton was 8.2 mm on 21 July and prior to that it was 21.2 mm on 24 June.

Agriculture Canada has declared that much of Prince Edward Island is experiencing a drought with little rain since early June.

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Much needed rain arrives in Maritimes

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Notable rainfall amounts, 17 Aug 2016 (CTV/Twitter)

Greater Moncton recorded its highest rainfall event of the summer yesterday when more than 35 mm fell during what has been a very dry season.

Much of southern New Brunswick received between 20 and 60 mm of rain while unofficial reports in central Nova Scotia indicated as much as 100 mm fell.

The moisture lifted a burn ban across the region and helped temper forest fires in southwestern Nova Scotia.

The precipitation has also been welcomed by many farmers who have been struggling this summer.

New Brunswick under burn ban

NB Burn Ban

Courtesy GNB

The forest fire season officially began this week and the entire province of New Brunswick is already under a burn ban.

The Department of Natural Resources says with little precipitation lately and the snow gone, the landscape has yet to become green and it is a dangerous time for fires.

Dead grass and branches become fast fuel for fires during early spring.

DNR reports about 30 fires have been recorded in New Brunswick so far this month which is near the 10-year average.