Freezing fog in downtown Moncton, 26 April 2015 (Facebook/Heintzman)
Environment Canada has officially called it freezing fog when the temperature falls below freezing and the fog creates ice on surfaces.
The temperature dropped to a chilly -4.6 C in Greater Moncton this morning and the icy conditions created slippery road conditions before daylight.
Halifax, NS in fog, 14 June 2014 (Dearing)
Southeast New Brunswick has gone from very dry to very wet in a matter of days.
Greater Moncton has received almost 70 mm of rain since Friday while 55 mm fell in Saint John according to Environment Canada.
A slow moving system brought clouds, rain and fog across the Maritimes.
A weekend visit to Nova Scotia was very soggy with fog enveloping Halifax on Saturday night.
Slick roads in St. John’s, NL, 06 May 2014 (Twitter)
Newfoundlanders are a hardy folk but even they are sick of snow.
A wintry blast dumped more than 22 cm of snow in Gander today where it looked more like early March than early May.
St. John’s picked up a few centimetres of snow and has been dealing with periods of freezing rain, freezing drizzle and dense fog.
The precipitation led to slick roads throughout much of the island and driving conditions were dangerous.
A foggy day along Highway 15 in SE New Brunswick, 03 Dec 2013 (News 91.9)
Fog is not uncommon along the Fundy coast of New Brunswick – fog can occur most days of the year.
However, fog is less common further inland especially in Greater Moncton.
Today, the fog didn’t lift in the morning as it normally would and it stuck around for the entire day!
Not to mention that heavy rain moved into the region during the evening and turned to slushy, wet snow overnight.
Hoar frost in Moncton, 17 Feb 2012 (TWN)
For the first time I’ve noticed this winter and for the past two mornings, hoar frost has settled over Greater Moncton – a rather interesting and beautiful sight.
According to its official definition, hoar frost occurs when there is high humidity in the air and the tree limbs (or grass or even the antenna on your vehicle) have a temperature below the dew point.
The water vapor from those surfaces skips the dew process and goes directly to a frozen state.
Fog and temperatures slightly below freezing during the last couple of nights would have created high humidity and produced hoar-frost.
Downtown Moncton (file)
Greater Moncton was dull and dismal throughout May thanks to a lingering low pressure system off Nova Scotia which didn’t want to move away from the region.
Rain, drizzle, and fog were common and when they weren’t, the sky was mostly cloudy.
Although temperatures were cool (especially at mid-month with a string of single digit highs) and precipitation was well above normal, no records were set during the month.
Warmer weather at month’s end helped boost the average overall temperature for May.
MAY 2010 ALMANAC
Average HIGH 14.8 C
Average LOW 5.4 C
AVERAGE 10.1 C (slightly above the 30-year average 1971-2000)
Extreme HIGH 26.3 C (on the 30th)
Extreme LOW -0.7 C (on the 2nd)
Precipitation (100% rainfall) 169.1 mm (almost 75% above average)