Rainfall warning for southern NB


Heavy rain falls in northeast Moncton, 22 Nov 2017 (Dearing)

A low pressure system from the southwest brought significant rainfall for southern New Brunswick.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning with up to 50 mm expected along the Fundy coast, Greater Moncton and the Kennebecasis Valley.

Drivers are being warned about water pooling on roads and flash flooding.

Falling from a daytime high of 13 C to an overnight low of zero, rain could turn to snow with a slight accumulation possible.

Much needed rain arrives

Heavy downpour during thunderstorm in NE Moncton, 11 Aug 2017 (Dearing)

A thunderstorm rolled through Greater Moncton on Friday afternoon and it was a welcome sight when two periods of downpours brought much needed rain.

A fire ban had been in place across Southern New Brunswick but more rain today lowered the fire hazard and burning is now allowed from 8pm to 8am.

The last significant rainfall in Greater Moncton was 8.2 mm on 21 July and prior to that it was 21.2 mm on 24 June.

Agriculture Canada has declared that much of Prince Edward Island is experiencing a drought with little rain since early June.

Heat comes to abrupt end

Thunderstorm moves into Saint John, 12 June 2017 (AKS/Twitter)

After three days of daytime highs above 28 C in Greater Moncton, much cooler weather is coming thanks to a cold front and a change in wind direction. 

The warm sometimes unstable air mass has created severe thunderstorms across the region.

Flash flooding was reported in Saint John yesterday after heavy downpours with wind and hail which were also observed today in northeastern Nova Scotia. 

Environment Canada is forecasting below seasonal temperatures for Southeast New Brunswick over the next couple of days. 

Cool, unsettled start to June

Ominous clouds near Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, 03 June 2017 (Dearing)

Weather conditions have been cool and unsettled in the Maritimes over the past several days.

While driving in Nova Scotia on Friday, I encountered everything from clouds and heavy downpours to a clearing sky with bright sunshine to clouds and rain again.

On the way home to New Brunswick on Saturday, I encountered similar conditions.

In Greater Moncton today, the thermometer climbed to a daytime high of only 10.6 C under a dreary sky which is about 10 degrees below normal for early June.

Forecasters say warmer, more seasonal temperatures will return by Wednesday but not before a risk of frost in Southeast New Brunswick by early Tuesday.

Hermine hits Florida


Damage to a road along Florida panhandle coast from Hurricane Hermine, 02 Sept 2016 (CNN)

The first hurricane to hit Florida in 11 years, pounded the state’s panhandle region early this morning.

Hermine was packing winds up to 130 km/h when it came ashore before quickly being downgraded to a tropical storm.

Hermine knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and torrential downpours brought flooding to low-lying areas.

The storm is expected to move north up the Atlantic coast and could even impact Nova Scotia and New Brunswick early next week.

Rare tornado warning in central NB


Tornado warning, 11 Aug 2016 (CTV/Twitter)

Shortly after 8:30 this morning, a rare tornado warning was issued in central New Brunswick for an area from Stanley to Blackville.

Environment Canada says a severe thunderstorm moving through the area with funnel clouds was capable of producing a tornado.

The most severe storm cells were tracked near Boiestown.

The tornado warning was in place for more than half an hour.

Meteorologists say tornadoes in the morning are extremely rare with most occurring in the late afternoon and early evening.

Thunderstorms roll across NB


Flooding on Pine Glen Road, Riverview, NB, 25 May 2016 (Facebook)

For the first time this spring, a series of thunderstorms rolled across New Brunswick with various watches and warnings issued by Environment Canada.

Greater Moncton received heavy downpours from thundershowers early this afternoon.

In many parts of the city, so much rain fell so quickly that storm drains were inundated with water causing localized flooding.

Riverview seemed hardest hit with flooding reported in Gunningsville, Point Park and West Riverview by mid-afternoon.

UPDATE – Although less than 10 mm of rain fell at Greater Moncton Airport, some backyard observers suggest more than 100 mm fell in parts of Riverview.

Significant rainfall possible for N.B.

Beautiful pink sky at sunset in NE Moncton, 28 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Beautiful pink sky at sunset in NE Moncton, 28 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Southern New Brunswick over the potential for significant rainfall starting mid-week.

A slow moving cold front will approach the Maritimes Tuesday night and could draw in tropical moisture from a system off the Eastern Seaboard.

Rain would begin by Wednesday afternoon with heavy downpours possible by early Thursday.

Forecasters say there is still uncertainty but long range models suggest 100 mm or more for the event.

Tornadoes touch down in Southern Ontario

Storm clouds loom over Toronto skyline, 03 August 2015 (CTV News)

Storm clouds loom over Toronto skyline, 03 August 2015 (CTV News)

Environment Canada has confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Teviotdale, northwest of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario after violent storms ripped through Southern Ontario on Sunday causing wind damage and minor flooding from heavy downpours.

The tornado hit around sunset from the west and struck a house in Teviotdale just before the residents were able to reach their home.

A teenager in Kincardine reportedly drowned off the Lake Huron town’s pier as the storms were ramping up.

A wind gust of 110 km/h was recorded at Grand Bend while Toronto’s Pearson Airport had peak winds of 94 km/h which downed power lines, uprooted trees and knocked over trailers and small buildings.

Forecasters are investigating more possible tornado touchdowns in Southern Ontario.

July no longer dry in Southeast N.B.

Flower box in NE Moncton, 22 July 2015 (Dearing)

Flower box in NE Moncton, 22 July 2015 (Dearing)

The flowers and plants seem to like the rain but several days of cloud and showers in Southeast New Brunswick have many wondering where mid-summer went.

Greater Moncton went from being drier than normal this July to having more than 50 mm of rain since Sunday which is more than half the monthly total.

Scattered thunderstorms rolled through the Maritimes today bringing downpours and cooler than normal daytime temperatures.