A stream overflows in north end Sydney, NS, 11 May 2017 (Cape Breton Post)
Parts of Cape Breton Island were flooded by a deluge of rain barely six months ago – Thanksgiving weekend – and this week it’s happening again.
The ground is saturated with water after more than 160 mm of rain since the weekend and some Sydney residents are dealing with flooded basements.
Rain and snow melt from the Cape Breton highlands is being blamed for washouts along sections of the Cabot Trail and its side roads.
Road crews are working overtime making repairs before the busy tourism season begins in a few weeks.
Aftermath of Blizzard 2017 in Fredericton, 14 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
A monster blizzard packing winds of more than 100 km/h and dumping upwards of 80 cm of snow over the Maritimes has moved into Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton recorded about 40 cm of snow and had a peak wind gust of almost 70 km/h.
The Fredericton area received the most snow from this storm with about 80 cm while Grand Etang on Cape Breton Island had a peak wind gust of almost 150 km/h.
Emergency management officials closed highways to police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances only.
Blizzard conditions persisted for at least 15 hours in some areas.
Other snowfall totals:
Halifax Stanfield Airport 54 cm
Greenwood, NS 61 cm
Charlottetown 40 cm
Saint John Airport 39 cm
Trying to scrape car of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain, NE Moncton, 04 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
Four types of precipitation fell in Southeast New Brunswick in less than 12 hours after a low pressure system over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard tracked into the Maritimes.
Greater Moncton recorded 2 cm of snow/ice pellets, 12 mm of rain and almost 3 hours of freezing rain.
More snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick with 12 cm in Fredericton and 14 cm in Bathurst.
In Nova Scotia, the Halifax Stanfield Airport received almost 30 mm of rain and strong winds gusted to more than 140 km/h over Cape Breton Island.
Fall colours past peak, Centennial Park, Moncton, 16 Oct 2016 (Dearing)
It’s not surprising the days gradually get cooler in October but it was a sudden change in Greater Moncton when temperatures went from mild to cold during the last week of the month.
A warm, humid daytime high of 20.5 C on 22 October will undoubtedly be the last time the thermometer climbs above 20 C in this calendar year.
Although a couple overnight lows fell below freezing early in the month, a hard frost was not reported until 27 October.
Almost 50 mm of rain fell on Thanksgiving weekend in Southeast New Brunswick – far less than other parts of the Maritimes such as Cape Breton Island with over 220 mm.
OCTOBER 2016 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 14.5 C
Average LOW 3.6 C
AVERAGE 9.0 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 24.4 C (07 October)
Extreme LOW -2.8 C (28 October)
RAINFALL 99.8 mm (about 10 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, NB, 23 Oct 2016 (Dearing)
A cold front from the Great Lakes combined with a tropical low to bring rain, wind and warm temperatures to the Maritimes this weekend.
The heaviest amount of rain fell in the Halifax region with about 80 mm recorded, already-soaked Cape Breton got off relatively easily with 35 mm in Sydney.
Greater Moncton only received 16 mm of rain but winds were as gusty as 70 km/h and the temperature climbed to a balmy 20.5 C.
The hot spot in the Maritimes was in Cheticamp with a record high of 23.9 C.
Floodwaters on Whitney Ave. in Sydney, NS, 10 Oct 2016 (Twitter)
Parts of Cape Breton Island received more than 200 mm of rain over the Thanksgiving weekend along with strong winds which flooded basements and washed out roads.
Mainland Nova Scotia including Halifax had more than 100 mm of rain and damaging winds which brought down trees and power lines causing widespread power outages.
Forecasters say a low pressure system fuelled by Matthew’s moisture brought the severe weather which also affected central Newfoundland where a state of emergency was declared in several communities.
The storm was less severe in New Brunswick with about 48 mm of rain in Greater Moncton with winds at times gusting more than 70 km/h.
Ominous clouds off Glace Bay, NS, 07 Aug 2016 (A. Petrie/Twitter)
A tornado watch may be rare for New Brunswick but it is even more so for Cape Breton Island.
Environment Canada issued a tornado watch for Sydney and Cape Breton County early Sunday evening for almost an hour.
Although some ominous clouds were spotted including potential funnel clouds, no tornadoes were reported.
Post-Tropical Storm Colin, 08 June 2015 (CTV/Twitter)
By the time Colin had arrived in Canadian waters earlier today, it had become a post-tropical storm – essentially a strong low pressure system.
Much of Florida had received heavy rain from Colin before the storm moved into the Atlantic Ocean and tracked northeastward.
Wind was not a factor for the Maritimes but heavy rain fell in eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton received less than 20 mm of rain between remnants of Colin and another low pressure system which was crossing New Brunswick.
Colin was the third named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season – after Bonnie in late May and Alex in mid-January.
Strong winds create blowing snow in NE Moncton, 09 Feb 2016 (Dearing)
Snow and strong winds from a powerful Nor’easter finally tapered off in Southeast New Brunswick this evening.
During a 36 hour period, Environment Canada reported strong winds in Greater Moncton at times gusting as high as 74 km/h.
The snow was light yesterday and became heavier by early this morning but in the end less than 20 cm had accumulated.
Nova Scotia took a bigger pounding as blizzard warnings were posted across the province and almost 50 cm of snow fell in Halifax and eastern Cape Breton Island.
A Nor’easter barely brushed Southeast New Brunswick with about 12 cm of snow in Greater Moncton.
Halifax, the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island bore the brunt of the storm in the Maritimes with up to 30 cm of snow and blowing snow.
But central Newfoundland got nailed by the Nor’easter with almost 60 cm of snow in the Gander area with strong winds creating whiteout conditions.