White Christmas

Light snow falls on Boxing Day, Truro, NS, 26 Dec 2019 (Dearing)

Despite a relatively snow-free December, Greater Moncton still managed to have a White Christmas this year after all – but just barely.

Environment Canada reports 2 cm of snow on the ground at the airport Christmas morning which fits its official definition.

Other parts of southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia did not have snow including in Truro where I spent the holiday.

Meteorologists say odds of a White Christmas have decreased in recent years.

Here are the odds for select Canadian cities (1994-2017 versus 1955-2017):

  • Moncton – 65% / 73%
  • Fredericton – 50% / 76%
  • Saint John – 45% / 60%
  • Charlottetown – 55% / 78%
  • Halifax – 40% / 54%
  • Montreal – 70% / 76%
  • Toronto – 45% / 52%
  • Winnipeg – 100% / 98%
  • Calgary – 60% / 59%
  • Vancouver – 10% / 10%

Surprise! Lots of snow

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Freshly fallen snow in west end Moncton, 18 Jan 2018 (Dearing)

Almost 20 cm of snow fell in Greater Moncton yesterday and it came without any official weather warnings.

Some media outlets were suggesting more than 20 cm while Environment Canada was calling for between 10 and 14 cm.

The snowfall turned out to be the second heaviest of the season so far after the Christmas Day storm.

The low pressure system also brought 14 cm to Saint John, 17 cm in the Fredericton area and about 20 cm in Grand Manan and Alma.

Even higher amounts were recorded in eastern Prince Edward Island, northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.

Freezing rain creates icy conditions

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Freezing rain (pink) sandwiched between snow (blue) to the north and rain (green) to the south, 23 Dec 2017 (Intellicast)

Streets and highways in Greater Moncton turned into skating rinks early this evening after freezing rain began falling through Central and Southeast New Brunswick.

Social media users mentioned how numerous vehicles were sliding off the roads in icy conditions and Magnetic Hill had become an ice sheet.

A low pressure system from the Northeastern United States brought mixed precipitation which eventually changed to rain.

Meantime, Environment Canada is monitoring a major snowstorm expected Christmas Day which could bring 20 cm snow to parts of New Brunswick.

Green Christmas in Nova Scotia

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Not exactly a White Christmas in Truro, NS, 25 Dec 2016 (Dearing)

While most of New Brunswick was covered in snow on 25 December, many parts of Nova Scotia including Truro had a Green Christmas Day.

While there were a couple of snow squalls during the day which produced a trace or so, it was mostly sunny with a strong, cold wind in central Nova Scotia.

As a child growing up in this area, having a White Christmas was always a toss up with some years being snowy while other years were rainy.

More white is on the way as a Colorado Low approaches from the American Midwest and Central Canada with a mixed bag of precipitation expected.

White Christmas guaranteed

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For the first time since 2013, Southeast New Brunswick will have a White Christmas.

Although it was mild and rainy on Christmas Eve, not enough showers will fall to wash away the roughly 10 cm of lying snow in Greater Moncton.

Christmas Day is expected to be sunny with seasonal temperatures.

The only two parts of Canada that will not have a White Christmas are the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and the Pacific coast of British Columbia.

Nor’easter marks start of spring

Noreaster21mar16The first full day of spring in Greater Moncton looked more like winter and was much colder than Christmas Day as a Nor’easter delivered snow, ice pellets and gusty winds.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Southeast New Brunswick with up to 25 cm of snow expected by early tomorrow.

By 10pm, I measured about 15 cm snow in my northeast Moncton neighbourhood.

Winds could gust up to 60 km/h overnight causing blowing and drifting snow which will create poor driving conditions.

Let the great melt begin!

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)


Greater Moncton enjoyed its warmest high temperature today (11 March) since Christmas Day.

Environment Canada says the thermometer climbed to 8.8 C and the last time it was that warm was 25 December when the high reached a record-breaking 15.6 C!

With 119 cm of snow still on the ground, more days like this will be needed to melt the deep snow cover.

The warm spot in New Brunswick today was St. Stephen where it reached 11.4 C.

December 2014 – Rainy and mild

cursnow_usaAfter a cold and snowy November, it seems a bit odd that December 2014 would turn out to be relatively mild and rainy in Southeast New Brunswick.

In a major rain event on 10-11 December in Greater Moncton, almost 140 mm of rain fell – about three months’ worth – causing flooding especially along Jonathan Creek.

The month was also much warmer than normal with 20 days reaching daytime highs above freezing and on Christmas Day, the thermometer climbed to a record 15.6 C.

DECEMBER 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, based on data 1981-2010)

Average HIGH. 1.8°C

Average LOW  -6.0°C

AVERAGE  -2.1°C (about 2.7°C ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  15.6°C (25 Dec)

Extreme LOW  -19.4°C (31 Dec)

Rainfall  246.6 mm (new December record)

Snowfall  10.9 cm (well BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Late December warmth in N.B.

Mild and sunny in Greater Moncton, 27 Dec 2014 (Dearing)

Mild and sunny in Greater Moncton, 27 Dec 2014 (Dearing)

A beautiful, sunny, mild day in late December.

Not something you hear often on 27 December in Greater Moncton or Southeast New Brunswick but it certainly was the case today.

The thermometer climbed to 5.0 C today after reaching 6.3 C on Boxing Day and of course a new record high was set on Christmas Day.

Keep in mind that the normal high is -2 C for the period.

But Environment Canada is forecasting colder weather by New Year’s Eve.

Rainfall warning for Christmas across N.B.

nb_eIt seems hard to believe but the entire province of New Brunswick is under a rainfall warning on this Christmas Day 2014.

Even a meteorologist at Environment Canada called it unusual and noted how he never saw that before on 25 December.

The soaking low pressure system has also brought record breaking high temperatures as well.

Greater Moncton reached 15.6 C which broke the old record of 13.3 C from 1996.

The hot spot in Canada today was CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia at 18.5 C.

Pansies were found growing where I spent the day in Truro.