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

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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

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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

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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

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(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.

Scattered frost across New Brunswick

Maple tree showing its fall colours, Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

Maple tree showing its fall colours, Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

Temperatures were cold enough this morning to produce scattered frost in my northeast Moncton neighbourhood.

But it was not a killing frost and many of my patio flowers and planters are still doing well.

At the Greater Moncton International Airport, the thermometer fell to 1.7 C and many other New Brunswick communities recorded low single digits with the coldest at Edmundston falling to -0.4 C.

Last weekend of summer

Parlee Beach, NB, 19 Sept 2014 (TWN)

Parlee Beach, NB, 19 Sept 2014 (TWN)

The last couple nights have been chilly in Southeast New Brunswick, giving us a hint of what may come as we mark the final weekend of astronomical summer 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Greater Moncton, the low yesterday morning (19 Sept) was 0.4°C while this morning (20 Sept) the thermometer dipped to 2.4°C.

While a frost advisory was posted both nights, Moncton itself escaped frost thanks to cloud cover.

Other regions were frosty with the cold spot in New Brunswick at Edmundston yesterday at -5.6°C and even -2.1°C at the Saint John Airport.