Dark clouds northwest of Moncton, 31 July 2019 (Dearing)
A line of severe thunderstorms slid through New Brunswick tonight producing heavy rain, hail and strong, gusty winds up to 100 km/h.
Small funnel clouds were noticed but no reports of tornadoes.
Environment Canada issued watches and warnings for many parts of the province including Greater Moncton.
The ridge of storm clouds passed to the northwest of the city and not a single drop of rain fell but it did drop temperatures enough to end the heat warning.
The summer solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 12:54 pm ADT and it was certainly welcome after a relentlessly cold spring.
Greater Moncton enjoyed 15 hours and 46 minutes of daylight today but unfortunately the sun didn’t make an appearance due to lots of clouds and heavy rain.
The sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer and it will now begin moving south toward the equator which means days will get shorter – ever so slowly starting tomorrow.
As for summer weather predictions, The Weather Network is suggesting warmer than normal temperatures in July and into August with near normal precipitation.
Environment Canada is calling for near normal temperatures and near to slightly above normal precipitation.
Glorious sunset in NE Moncton, 22 Apr 2019 (Dearing)
Spring can be the most disappointing season of the year in New Brunswick and April 2019 was no exception with cloudy, cool and often wet conditions.
Surprisingly, Greater Moncton was close to normal in temperature but double the average amount of rain fell along with slightly more snow than usual.
Melting snow and heavy precipitation led to more disastrous flooding along the St. John River – almost as bad as last year’s historic water levels.
Only one day was fully below freezing and while nights weren’t that cold, daytime highs often struggled to reach the double digits.
APRIL 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 8.1°C
Average LOW -1.0°C
AVERAGE 3.6°C (near normal)
Extreme HIGH 18.9°C (21 Apr)
Extreme LOW -6.0°C (08 Apr)
RAINFALL 122.5 mm (about 100 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 32.8 cm (slightly ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
A break in clouds over the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, 03 June 2017 (Dearing)
The last couple of days had near record lows in Greater Moncton with temperatures dropping to near the freezing point.
A low of 1.0 C at the airport on Monday was close to the 1947 record of 0.6 C while a low of 0.0 C on Tuesday tied the minimum from 1995.
Fortunately cloud cover prevented frost in most of New Brunswick but another risk is possible by early Wednesday.
Folklore suggests frost can be expected until the full moon in June which is this Friday the ninth.
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 19 June 2016 (Dearing)
Spring turned out to be a rollercoaster ride in Southeast New Brunswick throughout the three month period with seemingly more clouds and rain than sun.
The trend continued almost until the first day of summer in Greater Moncton with consistent sun and warmth not until around the middle of the month.
June was actually about normal in temperature with slightly below normal precipitation – more than one third of the rainfall total fell in the last two days of the month.
JUNE 2016 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 21.1 C
Average LOW 9.4 C
AVERAGE 15.2 C (NORMAL)
Extreme HIGH 29.8 C (27 June)
Extreme LOW 0.7 C (01 June)
RAINFALL 82.6 mm (more than 10 percent BELOW Normal)
(Data courtesy ENVIRONMENT CANADA)
Canada geese feed on a soggy lawn at Jones Lake, Moncton, 15 June 2016 (Dearing)
During the first half of June, rainfall was measured on 11 of 15 days in Greater Moncton according to Environment Canada.
Clouds came along with that rain which has meant only short bursts of sun during the mostly gloomy weather.
Hope is on the horizon since forecasters say that stubborn low pressure system will be replaced by high pressure and temperatures could hit 30 C by Sunday.
But not before a chilly night with either a frost advisory or a risk of frost for most of New Brunswick.
Dark clouds near Salisbury, NB, 28 July 2015 (Facebook)
Weather rage typically develops when conditions are less than ideal for extended periods of time.
Over the past ten days or so in Southeast New Brunswick and all over the Maritimes, we have been seemingly stuck in a weather rut made up of clouds, rain, more clouds, a sliver of sunshine and then more rain sometimes even thunderstorms.
At least of trace of rain has fallen every day since 18 July at the Greater Moncton International Airport – almost 70 mm in total.
Rainbow over NE Moncton, NB, 19 August 2014 (Dearing)
Over the past week in Southeast New Brunswick, the weather hasn’t been able to make up its mind.
Dark, ominous clouds give way to showers which leads to brief clearing and a bit of sun before the cycle repeats.
Daytime highs have also been running about five degrees below normal but overnight lows have remained relatively mild.
Forecasters maintain more summer-like heat will return at the end of the month.
Halifax, NS in fog, 14 June 2014 (Dearing)
Southeast New Brunswick has gone from very dry to very wet in a matter of days.
Greater Moncton has received almost 70 mm of rain since Friday while 55 mm fell in Saint John according to Environment Canada.
A slow moving system brought clouds, rain and fog across the Maritimes.
A weekend visit to Nova Scotia was very soggy with fog enveloping Halifax on Saturday night.
Clouds roll in over NE Moncton, 24 June 11
This is the main reason why it has been so chilly in Greater Moncton and SE New Brunswick over the past couple of months – clouds.
Today was no exception as a ridge of cloudiness moved from west to east across Moncton early this evening which is expected to bring yet another wet weekend to the region.
To my recollection, Greater Moncton has had only one sunny Saturday (two weeks ago) in at least two months.
To date, average daily temperatures for June are running at least 2 degrees Celsius below normal.