April 2017 – Spring sputters

Budding trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)

Spring seldom arrives on time in New Brunswick and this year is no exception even though April was actually warmer than normal in Greater Moncton.

The month can be broken into four segments – cold in the beginning, then warm, turning cold again and finally warm again near the end.

A consistent snow cover began on 27 November and disappeared briefly in late January before finally melting for the season by 10 April.

Precipitation overall was below average with much less snow than normal.

APRIL 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 10.5 C

Average LOW -0.8 C

AVERAGE 4.9 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH 21.8 C (27 April)

Extreme LOW -7.7 C (01, 19 April)

RAINFALL 42.5 mm (about 30 percent BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL 6.8 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Warm in west, chilly in east

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Barren trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 05 Nov 2016 (Dearing)


Most trees have now lost their leaves in Greater Moncton – with oak trees being the exception – and the starkness of November is settling in.

The thermometer dipped to a frosty -3.1 C yesterday morning which was the coldest low so far this fall and a chilly high of only 4.5 C.

It’s a different story in the Prairies and northwestern Ontario with record breaking warm temperatures climbing near 20 C which is well above normal.

Edmonton climbed to 20.6 C on Friday which was the warmest high ever for a November day in the Alberta capital.

Record warmth in N.B.

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Fall colours in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 08 Oct 2016 (Dearing)

The fine fall weather is continuing in Greater Moncton with a summer-like high of 24.4 C yesterday which ties the record from 1946.

Record highs were set across New Brunswick with the hot spot being Kouchibouguac at 25.9 C.

Today, Greater Moncton reached 23.9 C which once again ties a record, this time from 1970.

Much needed rain arrives in Maritimes

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Notable rainfall amounts, 17 Aug 2016 (CTV/Twitter)

Greater Moncton recorded its highest rainfall event of the summer yesterday when more than 35 mm fell during what has been a very dry season.

Much of southern New Brunswick received between 20 and 60 mm of rain while unofficial reports in central Nova Scotia indicated as much as 100 mm fell.

The moisture lifted a burn ban across the region and helped temper forest fires in southwestern Nova Scotia.

The precipitation has also been welcomed by many farmers who have been struggling this summer.

Much needed rain on the way

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)


Heavy rain is heading for Southeast New Brunswick on Friday thanks to a low pressure system approaching the region.

Environment Canada is forecasting amounts of up to 45 mm for Greater Moncton which is almost warning criteria for heavy rainfall.

Some areas to the north and west are currently under warnings.

It has been dry lately with less than 1 mm recorded so far this month at the Greater Moncton International Airport

Subtle hints of autumn

Sunset at Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Sunset at Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 09 Sept 2015 (Dearing)


It’s often hard for me to let summer go…

This year is no exception but fortunately warm weather is continuing in Southeast New Brunswick.

If you look around, subtle hints of autumn are starting to appear with some leaves changing colour and a few already drifting to the ground.

Greater Moncton continues to lose daylight at a fast pace during early September – we have lost almost 30 minutes in the past 10 days.

October 2014 – Warm and relatively wet

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

October 2014 definitely proved to be warmer than normal in Greater Moncton with the monthly temperature about 2.1°C above the 30-year average.

Generally speaking the month was mostly dry except for three rain events on 08 Oct, 17 Oct and an extended wet period thanks to a slow moving Nor’easter from 22-26 October.

The temperature fell below freezing only once at -1.1°C on 21 Oct which produced a light freeze but not a killing frost and not a single snowflake was recorded during the month.

OCTOBER 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 14.4°C

Average LOW 5.0°C

AVERAGE 9.7°C (about 2.1°C ABOVE the 30-year average)

Extreme HIGH 23.7°C (15 Oct)

Extreme LOW -1.1°C (21 Oct)

Rainfall 117.0 mm (slightly ABOVE the 30-year average)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Dark, damp and dismal days

Trees now bearing fewer leaves at Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 26 October 2014 (Dearing)

Trees now bearing fewer leaves at Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 26 October 2014 (Dearing)

Forecasters are calling this slow-moving system a Nor’easter which has been lingering in Southeast New Brunswick since Wednesday.

Winds have not really been a factor in Greater Moncton but the region has received almost 65 mm of rain over the past few days – the October average is 112 mm.

Some localized flooding has occurred especially where fallen leaves are blocking storm drains and hydroplaning is a factor if you are a motorist.

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.

Rainy weekend in Maritimes

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)


A cold front sweeping across the Maritimes brought rain and mild temperatures to Southeast New Brunswick this weekend.

Greater Moncton had only 2 mm of rain yesterday but as much as 15 mm was in the forecast to fall by later tonight before the sky clears.

The front is heading to Newfoundland tomorrow but today the island and coastal Labrador enjoyed sunny, warm weather with the national hot spot in Stephenville at 24.4 C.