Say it isn’t snow!

Snow settles on grass, vehicles and rooftops in NE Moncton, 25 Oct 2018 (Dearing)

Even by New Brunswick standards, snow in October is not very common.

But a low pressure system dropped more than 15 cm of heavy, wet snow over western and northern parts of the province creating commuter chaos in Fredericton yesterday.

After getting drenched with 38 mm of rain, Greater Moncton received a light coating of snow this morning which stuck to rooftops, vehicles and grassy areas but it melted by midday.

Here are some snowfall totals (in cm) from volunteer observations:

  • Charlo/Belledune area. 23 cm
  • Woodstock. 16 cm
  • Fredericton. 15 cm
  • Miramichi. 13 cm
  • Grand Falls. 10 cm
  • Moncton. 3.4 cm
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Summer departs with gusty winds

Hints of fall colours in west end Moncton, 20 Sept 2018 (Dearing)

The same storm system which brought severe weather to Ontario and Quebec – including tornadoes – crossed through New Brunswick overnight.

Strong low pressure caused gusty winds up to 72 km/h at the Greater Moncton International Airport which turned out to be the windiest day since 02 June.

A wind gust of 85 km/h was reported in Charlo.

NB Power said almost 10,000 customers lost power at the peak of the storm thanks to trees and branches falling on utility lines.

Incidentally, fall officially arrives later tonight with the autumnal equinox at 10:54 pm ADT.

Snow barely brushes Greater Moncton

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)

Hot in Kouchibouguac!

Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac National Park, 05 August 2012 (Dearing photo)

It was such a warm day on Sunday, to escape the heat I decided to go to the beach – Kelly’s Beach at Kouchibouguac National Park.

But there wasn’t much relief since the temperature reached 32.7 C which was just shy of the daily record of 33.4 C!

Luckily, a strong ocean breeze cooled things down a bit and so did a dip in the water which was about 20 C.

It was another warm day across New Brunswick with 31.4 C in Moncton and 33.6 C in Charlo, the hotspot in the province.

The heat is on Victoria Day

Moncton skyline at sunset, 20 May 2012 (courtesy News 91.9/Lebreton photo)

Summer-like weather was enjoyed in New Brunswick on this Victoria Day, the unofficial kickoff of summer across Canada.

The long weekend has been mostly sunny but today was remarkable with brilliant sunshine and a high of 28.2 C in Greater Moncton – the warmest high temperature so far in 2012 but just shy of the record of 29.6 C from 2009.

But numerous communities in northern New Brunswick exceeded 30 C today including Charlo at 33.5 C and Bathurst at 32.9 C (new record).

Coldest since last winter

Country Meadows Golf Course near Moncton, 18 Dec 2011 (TWN)

Greater Moncton woke up this morning to the coldest temperature since early March when the thermometer dipped to -14 C.

However, it was still a long way from the record low for the date at -25.6 C, set in 1971.

Temperatures dipped even lower in northern New Brunswick this morning where both Edmundston and Charlo fell to a frigid -23.9 C.

Environment Canada predicts a see-saw type week with a warm up tonight, another cool down tomorrow and a further warm up by Thursday.