Snow vanishes!


Bare ground in west end Moncton after rain washes away snow cover, 24 Jan 2018 (Dearing)

The snow cover in Greater Moncton has disappeared after the latest storm system rolled through with mixed precipitation and mild temperatures.

Rainfall amounts varied from 20 to 70 mm across New Brunswick, up to 8 hours of freezing rain fell in Gagetown and 20 cm of snow was recorded in Bathurst and Edmundston.

Record highs for 23 January were set in Saint John at 10.4 C and St. Stephen reached 11.3 C.

Since a consistent snow cover began on 09 December in Southeast New Brunswick, the ground has been bare a couple of times for short periods.


Western NB gets drenched

A slow moving frontal system brought heavy rain to western New Brunswick with about 20 mm falling per hour in the southwest.

Environment Canada reported 174 mm of rain in St. Stephen over a two day period which is a shocking amount considering about 180 mm fell from June to September.

Other amounts include 112 mm in Edmundston, 93 mm in Woodstock and 74 mm in Fredericton.

Rainfall totals were much lower in Southeast New Brunswick where only 27 mm fell at the Greater Moncton International Airport.

Tropical air with this system broke more record highs in Atlantic Canada with a maximum of 23.4 C in Moncton and Bouctouche, 23.5 C in Cheticamp, 22.0 C in Deer Lake and 21.2 C in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Unusual mid-summer cool snap

Sunset at Parlee Beach, NB, 18 July 2017 (Dearing)

Late July is typically the warmest period of summer in Greater Moncton but a recent cool down has brought September-like days and a record overnight low. 

On 23 July, the temperature fell to 6.9 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport which broke a record low of 7.2 C from 1962. 

A frost advisory was posted in northwest New Brunswick with a chilly low of 2.4 C in Edmundston. 

The short term forecast calls for more seasonal highs in the mid-20’s C and lows near 13 C. 

Record highs in the Maritimes


Jones Lake, west end Moncton, 18 May 2017 (Dearing)

Summer-like air enveloped the Maritime Provinces with new record high temperatures set in all three provinces yesterday.

Environment Canada says more than a dozen communities in New Brunswick hit new maximums for the date including St. Stephen at 34.0 C (hot spot in Canada), Fredericton at 33.0 C and both Woodstock and Edmundston at 32.0 C.

While the thermometer reached a record-breaking 30.5 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport, the overall 18 May record for Moncton is 31.7 C from 1918.

In Nova Scotia, new records were set in Greenwood and Kejimkujik Park at 32.0 C while Summerside, Prince Edward Island warmed up to 26.3 C.

Nor’easter not as bad as expected


Snow begins falling in NE Moncton, 14 March 2017 (Dearing)

An intense Nor’easter moved into New Brunswick last night from the U.S.Eastern Seaboard with heavy, wet snow and high winds creating blowing snow and poor visibility.

Snow switched over to rain over southern and central New Brunswick with a
brief period of freezing rain and ice pellets.

Forecasters had originally said up to 45 cm of snow could fall in parts of the province.

Summary of snowfall in centimetres:

Bathurst 30
Kouchibouguac 26
Fredericton 20
Edmundston 18
Moncton 17
Miramichi 16
Saint John 15

Summary of maximum winds in kilometres per hour:

Grand Manan 102
Saint John 102
Miramichi 81
Fredericton 80
Moncton 78
CFB Gagetown 72
Kouchibouguac 61

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Warm start to May


Blue sky with wispy clouds over NE Moncton, 01 May 2016 (Dearing)

After a cooler than normal April in Greater Moncton, May got off to a warm start with a daytime high of 18.3 C under a beautiful, blue sky.

Fredericton was the warm spot in New Brunswick on May Day reaching a high of almost 20 C.

Temperatures did get off to a cool start this morning with lows ranging from -1 C in Alma to -6 C in Edmundston.


Short-lived cold snap


(Courtesy City of Moncton, 06 Jan 2016)

Temperatures seldom stay below freezing for more than a few days at a time during winter in Southeast New Brunswick.

The first cold snap of the season is no exception.

Greater Moncton dipped to -20.9 C early yesterday which was still well below the record of -30.5 C from 1981.

The thermometer dipped even lower in Edmundston at -28.3 C.

But Environment Canada says temperatures will gradually climb above freezing by this weekend with rain possible early next week.


A killing frost!

Frost covers a maple leaf (Twitter)

Frost covers a maple leaf (Twitter)

The 2015 growing season is officially over in Greater Moncton.

A killing frost occurred overnight when the thermometer dipped to a low of -2.1 C which is the lowest value in Southeast New Brunswick since late April.

Temperatures were typically a bit colder in the northern part of the province, bottoming out at -5.0 C in Edmundston.

Scattered frost in New Brunswick

Pansies clinging to life despite cool nights in NE Moncton, 26 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Pansies clinging to life despite cool nights in NE Moncton, 26 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Tis the season for warm days and cool nights in New Brunswick and frost advisories have been posted for the last three nights in much of the province.

Environment Canada notes the temperature dropped to 1.3 C early this morning at the Greater Moncton International Airport – the lowest since mid-May.

The last time we fell to the freezing point or lower was 07 May.

However, my neighbourhood hasn’t experienced any frost yet and my tomato and strawberry plants are still doing well.

Incidentally, the average first fall frost date in Moncton is 27 September.

Edmundston was not surprisingly the cold spot in New Brunswick falling to -4.0 C early yesterday.

Record cold morning across NB

Winter just doesn’t seem to want to go away!

Environment Canada says numerous communities across New Brunswick set new record lows this morning with Edmundston bottoming out at -28.2 C.

Doaktown and Woodstock both dropped to -22 C.

Greater Moncton had a low of -13.5 C which broke the previous record low of -11.7 C from 1964.