Santa Claus in downtown Moncton (City of Moncton/Facebook)
The Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade is the unofficial start to the Christmas season in Southeast New Brunswick.
The weather was cooperative for Santa’s arrival this year with a mild 10 C when the parade started at 5pm with light winds under clear and dry conditions.
It was a different story last year with a chilly 3 C under a mostly cloudy sky with damp conditions.
An estimated 100,000 spectators come out to see the parade every year and this year the crowd seemed even larger.
Frost covers a maple leaf (Twitter)
Environment Canada issued a frost advisory late Sunday afternoon for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick – almost a month before the average date of the first fall frost.
Clearing skies and light winds with temperatures falling into the lower single digits could have resulted in scattered frost.
However, the frost advisory ended early this morning when the threat was no longer expected.
The low at the Greater Moncton International Airport was 7.2 C which is several degrees away from any threat of frost.
However, the morning low in Edmundston was a chilly 1.1 C.
Harvest moon over Greater Moncton, 23 Sept 10
The harvest moon – the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox – was actually last night but it is noteworthy since it is the third and final of the so-called supermoons this year.
The clear sky also brought cool conditions across New Brunswick early this morning.
Greater Moncton fell to 3.6 C and although there was a frost scare my tomatoes and strawberries were fine.
Perhaps that wasn’t the case at the Saint John Airport where it fell to 1.0 C.