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 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

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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

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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

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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.

Flash flooding hits B.C. Interior

Aftermath of flash flooding in Cache Creek, BC, 25 May 2015 (CP)

Aftermath of flash flooding in Cache Creek, BC, 25 May 2015 (CP)


A state of emergency has been declared in the small town of Cache Creek, British Columbia, west of Kamloops, after torrential downpours created mudslides and flash flooding.

Environment Canada reports almost 40 mm of rain fell in only a few hours on Saturday and the semi-arid region was unable to handle such a large amount of precipitation in such a short time.

At least 60 homes have been damaged and at least 100 people have registered at a temporary emergency shelter.

The provincial government has announced the community of 1,100 people will be eligible for disaster relief funding.

August 2013 – Warm and dry

Parlee Beach, Shediac, NB, 11 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

Parlee Beach, Shediac, NB, 11 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

August 2013 didn’t prove to be too warm in Greater Moncton – with the exception of a couple days that reached 30°C – but there were plenty of mild days and evenings which was enough to push the average temperature above normal for the month.

Compared to June and July, August wasn’t plagued with thunderstorms and torrential downpours and only had a couple of really wet days which led to below normal precipitation for the month.

AUGUST 2013 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH 24.7°C

Average LOW 12.7°C

AVERAGE 18.6°C (about 0.7 degrees above normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)

Extreme HIGH 30.5°C (22 Aug)

Extreme LOW 7.5°C (25 Aug)

Rainfall 57.8 mm (about 27 percent below normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)