Winter arrives with a deluge

The historic Algonquin Resort after a rainstorm, St. Andrews, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)

Although it has felt like winter for weeks now, the solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 6:23pm AST Friday.

Oddly enough the weather now feels more like spring with a high of 10.1 C on Friday and 12.8 C today in Greater Moncton thanks to southerly winds and heavy rain from an intense low pressure system.

But the warmth will be short-lived as winds change direction to northwesterly behind the system and temperatures will fall below freezing on Sunday.

Rainfall amounts as of 22 December at 12pm AST:

  • Mechanic Settlement  92 mm
  • St. Andrews  79 mm
  • Grand Manan  73 mm
  • Alma  60 mm
  • Fredericton  51 mm
  • Saint John Airport  42 mm
  • Miramichi  31 cm
  • Greater Moncton  about 20 mm
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Canada’s Top 10 Weather Stories 2018

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Wildfires create smoky sky over downtown Calgary, AB, 14 Aug 2018 (Dearing)

Here is the annual list from Environment Canada:

  1. Record wildfires and smoky summer skies in the West
  2. Summer heat wave from East to West
  3. Tough growing season in the Prairies
  4. Powerful May winds impact Ontario and Quebec
  5. September tornadoes touch down in Ottawa-Gatineau
  6. Spring flooding in southern British Columbia
  7. Historic spring flooding along the St. John River Valley
  8. August deluge in Toronto
  9. Record cold start to a long winter nationwide
  10. Cold and stormy April for the East

 

A good soaking!

An intense low pressure system from the Great Lakes moved across New Brunswick Wednesday night and brought heavy rain especially along the Fundy Coast.

Alma at the entrance of Fundy National Park recorded 121 mm which is more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

While it was a deluge for some, it was definitely much needed precipitation.

Here are more rainfall amounts:

  • Harvey, NB. 80 mm
  • Yarmouth, NS. 75 mm
  • Saint John, NB. 55 m
  • Halifax Airport, NS. 28 mm
  • Greater Moncton. 24 mm

Cape Breton drenched again

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A stream overflows in north end Sydney, NS, 11 May 2017 (Cape Breton Post)

Parts of Cape Breton Island were flooded by a deluge of rain barely six months ago – Thanksgiving weekend – and this week it’s happening again.

The ground is saturated with water after more than 160 mm of rain since the weekend and some Sydney residents are dealing with flooded basements.

Rain and snow melt from the Cape Breton highlands is being blamed for washouts along sections of the Cabot Trail and its side roads.

Road crews are working overtime making repairs before the busy tourism season begins in a few weeks.

Devastating floods in Louisiana

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Aerial view of flooding near Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 15 Aug 2016 (USDA)

A tropical depression-like low pressure system crawled over the American Gulf Coast states during the last week delivering a deluge to Louisiana.

Already prone to flooding due to its low elevation, some parts of the state were hammered with more than 700 mm of rain in only 48 hours.

More than 40,000 homes have been flooded with thousands forced to evacuate.

The American Red Cross has declared the Louisiana floods the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Hundreds missing in Colorado floods

Vehicles submerged by flooding near Greeley, Colorado, USA, 14 Sept 2013 (AP)

Vehicles submerged by flooding near Greeley, Colorado, USA, 14 Sept 2013 (AP)

Historic flooding in the state of Colorado, USA has left at least 6 people dead and more than 500 missing according to emergency management officials.

The state has asked the federal government for up to 20 counties to be considered disaster areas so they will be eligible for relief.

Heavy rains have caused rivers and streams to overflow and the deluge has also led to ten oil spills.

The hardest hit areas have been north and east of Denver, Colorado’s state capital.

Surprise deluge!

Environment Canada was only forecasting 15 mm of rain for Moncton on Tuesday but a whopping 40 mm was recorded – almost half a month’s worth of rain in one day!

Gagetown had even more rain yesterday with 70 mm being reported.

Temperatures were also cool throughout New Brunswick with a daytime high of only 18.3°C in Fredericton – almost 10 degrees below normal for late July.

Deluge in US Northeast

Flash flooding Staten Island, NY, USA, 14 Aug 2011 (courtesy Accuweather.com)

Rain came down in buckets over the American Northeast on Sunday.

New York’s JFK airport recorded almost 200 mm of rain (7.8 inches) yesterday which is an all-time single day rainfall record.

In other words, forecasters say nearly twice the normal monthly rainfall was delivered in one day.

Just east on the Atlantic Ocean at Lido Beach, New York, more than 275 mm of rain was recorded.

The so-called conveyor belt of wet weather caused flash flooding in New York City, disrupting traffic, buses, flights and even the subway when transit workers were forced to pump water out of the system.

Southern New Jersey was drenched with almost 300 mm of rain and flood watches were posted from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts.