N.B. halts forestry operations amid extreme dryness

Tinder dry grass in west end Moncton, 03 Aug 2017 (Dearing)

Provincial officials say the fire hazard in New Brunswick is at its highest level in over 20 years.

A fire ban has been in place for days which means campers have to find other ways to roast marshmallows.

The province took a rare step today by restricting forestry operations during peak daytime hours.

Southeast New Brunswick currently has an extreme fire hazard and Greater Moncton has not recorded any significant rain since 21 July.

Snowy weekend in Newfoundland & Labrador

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Heavy snow in Cartwright, Labrador, NL, 21 May 2017 (Twitter)

The Victoria Day long weekend is considered the unofficial start to summer in most of Canada but not Newfoundland and Labrador this year.

More than 50 cm of snow fell in southeastern Labrador and between 20 and 30 cm was recorded in western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula.

Campers in Gros Morne National Park had fires one evening and then woke up to white the next morning.

St. John’s also picked up about 4 cm of snow which was the snowiest May long weekend since 1991.

Freak snowstorm strikes Newfoundland

A BBQ in the snow, Gander, NL, 19 May 2013 (CP)

A BBQ in the snow, Gander, NL, 19 May 2013 (CP)

Central Newfoundland got hit with a freak snowstorm that almost no one was expecting especially during a long weekend that typically marks the beginning of summer.

Gander was the hardest hit with 58 cm of snow – the highest total amount to ever fall in May.

The heavy, wet snow covered green lawns, flowers and trees that had already sprouted leaves.

Campers were forced to cancel their weekend plans although some in RV’s toughed it out.

Locals say it’s a snowfall to remember.