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)
Summer-like warmth has finally returned to Southeast New Brunswick after endless cool, mostly cloudy days.
Edmundston was actually the hot spot in Canada today at 32.1 C with many other communities reaching 30 C.
Greater Moncton hit 29 C which is the warmest so far this August but that high could be beaten tomorrow.
The warm spell will be short-lived with a cooler and less humid air mass moving into the region later this week.
A bed of tulips in Moncton, 30 May 2014 (Dearing)
We kept waiting for spring weather to arrive and stay in Southeast New Brunswick during May but it just never seemed to happen.
While we did have a stretch of warm temperatures mid-month, it was soon followed by a period of cloudy, wet and downright dismal days which struggled to reach daytime highs of 10 C.
Overnight lows were also cold with a low of -2.9 C recorded late in the month (26 May) and heavy frost occurred on 29 May.
Although it seemed wet, precipitation was actually well below normal with only half of the normal rainfall and not a single snowflake reported.
MAY 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 15.8 C
Average LOW 3.0 C
AVERAGE 9.4 C (about 0.6 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 26.5 C (16 May)
Extreme LOW -2.9 C (26 May)
Rainfall 47.2 mm (about 50 percent BELOW normal)
Snowfall 0.0 cm (slightly BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Riverfront Park in Moncton, 21 November 2012 (Dearing photo)
More often than not, November in New Brunswick is typically marked by cloudy, stark days.
Since the hours of daylight are already dwindling, it often seems dark for most of the day.
But lately a series of bright, sunny days (and so far no snow) with above normal temperatures have made November a bit more tolerable.
The thermometer reached 13.5 C yesterday in Moncton and 10.0 C the day before with the normal high being 4 C for late November.
File photo of downtown Moncton (Dearing)
The normal high in Greater Moncton for the first week of June is 21 C but over the next few days the temperature will struggle to reach 10 C!
So why does it feel more like April than June?
The jet stream has taken a sharp, southerly dip over eastern North America releasing chilly Arctic air.
Under mostly cloudy skies, temperatures will really struggle to reach into the teens Celsius this week.
Be patient – forecasters say Southeast New Brunswick will not see much sun or warmth until Friday when we return to more seasonal values.