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.
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 08 Oct 2017 (Dearing)
The jet stream brought warm southerly air into the Maritimes allowing temperatures in Southeast New Brunswick to climb into the 20s this Thanksgiving weekend.
Environment Canada says Greater Moncton reached a daytime high of 20.2 C on 07 October, 23.7 C on 08 October (near the record of 23.9 C from 1970), and 22.9 C on 09 October.
Given the autumn warmth, I couldn’t resist a visit to Aboiteau Beach (and neither could a handful of others) which was near 24 C under a mostly cloudy sky and it was quite windy.
Greenwood, Nova Scotia was the hot spot in Canada hitting 26 C for two days in a row.
Ominous clouds near the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, 03 June 2017 (Dearing)
Thunderstorm activity was common throughout Southeast New Brunswick in June and all but ten days had at least a trace of rainfall.
But precipitation amounts were generally light in Greater Moncton except for two major rain events – 36.6 mm fell on 09 June along with a peak wind gust of 102 km/h and 21.2 mm fell on 24 June.
Temperatures were cool during the first week of the month with an overnight low dropping to the freezing point although frost was generally avoided thanks to cloudy skies.
Summer-like conditions arrived by mid-month and many daytime highs climbed well into the 20’s C and reached 30 C or higher three times.
JUNE 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 22.4 C
Average LOW 9.9 C
AVERAGE 16.2 C (about 1.0 degree ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 30.8 C (11 June)
Extreme LOW 0.0 C (06 June)
RAINFALL 77.8 mm (about 20 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Trailing arbutus or Mayflower growing in Irishtown Nature Park, 20 May 2017 (Dearing)
May in Southeast New Brunswick certainly lived up to its unpredictable nature as a transitional month between winter and summer.
Overall temperatures were above normal in Greater Moncton but oddly enough some of the coolest days were in the last third of the month.
Many days were cloudy and rainfall was heavy with only seven days without at least a trace of precipitation.
By the final week, trees were in full leaf or blossom and perennials were in full bloom.
MAY 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 16.1 C
Average LOW 5.1 C
AVERAGE 10.8 C (about 0.8 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 30.5 C (18 May)
Extreme LOW -0.4 C (13 May)
RAINFALL 163.5 mm (about 40 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Cherry blossoms in Vancouver,BC,15 April 2017 (CityofVancouver/Twitter)
Canada’s so-called Left Coast may have the mildest winters in the country but along with that comes a lot of cloudy skies and precipitation mostly falling as rain.
After a colder and snowier than usual winter, Vancouver experienced a gloomy March with the least amount of sunshine since records began in 1951 and it rained 28 out of 31 days.
So it’s no wonder, the sight of beautiful pink and white cherry blossoms is causing traffic troubles with so many drivers and pedestrians stopping to admire them.
The peak bloom is a bit later than normal this year thanks to dismal weather causing the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival to reschedule some events.
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.
Magnolia tree in bloom, downtown Moncton, 03 May 2016 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton has been enveloped by cloudy skies, cold conditions and frequent showers this week thanks to our close proximity to the jet stream.
While temperatures struggled to reach 6 or 7 C in the southeast, northwestern New Brunswick climbed into the low 20s today.
Forecasters say that warm air will finally push south this weekend with daytime highs near 18 C.
Wild roses in NE Moncton, 14 July 2015 (Dearing)
July started off warm and dry in Greater Moncton but once it started raining at mid-month it didn’t know when to stop.
The rain ushered in a lot of clouds and much cooler weather with a couple overnight lows dipping into the single digits.
Finally the last week of the month brought back some heat but Southeast New Brunswick has failed to reach 30 C since May.
JULY 2015 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton International Airport)
AVERAGE HIGH 24.4 C
AVERAGE LOW 12.7 C
AVERAGE 18.6 C (about 0.2 degrees BELOW NORMAL)
EXTREME HIGH 29.4 (31 July)
EXTREME LOW 8.5 C (17 July)
RAINFALL 81.0 mm (about 10 percent BELOW NORMAL)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada over 30-year average 1981-2010)
Newfoundland has been having a cold and dreary summer to date and the provincial police force has officially launched a search for the season – at least they have a sense of humour!
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary were quoted in a news release, “When last seen, SUMMER was described as being between 20-30 degrees Celsius, blue skies with a bright and warm source of light in the sky,” the RNC said on Twitter. “There have been sporadic sightings of this bright object, but these sightings have been rare since May 2015.”
Here in New Brunswick, the weather hasn’t been much better this week with clouds and showers since Sunday amounting to more than 70 mm of rain – at least it isn’t dry anymore.
Irishtown Park, Moncton, NB, 31 August 2014 (Dearing)
After a warm and sunny July in Southeast New Brunswick, August was a definite disappointment with cool and unsettled conditions for a large part of the month.
Daytime highs were warm and above normal at the beginning and near the end of August but there was an extended period with cool, cloudy days and mild nights.
Although it often seemed wet, there were only three noteworthy rain events and overall precipitation was just slightly above average.
AUGUST 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH. 23.7°C
Average LOW. 12.5°C
AVERAGE. 18.1°C (slightly BELOW average)
Extreme HIGH. 29.2°C (26 Aug)
Extreme LOW. 5.3°C (30 Aug)
Rainfall. 84.0 mm (slightly ABOVE average)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)