Snow settles in Moncton, 05 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
The latest low pressure to invade the Maritimes is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Southern New Brunswick and Northern Nova Scotia.
Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning with up to 70 mm possible especially along the Fundy coast and strong winds gusting up to 90 km/h.
Meteorologists say that much rain is a lot for frozen ground to absorb and along with an existing snowpack could create localized flooding.
After a few days with below freezing temperatures, the small amount of snow in Greater Moncton has been taken away by the rain and a mild high of 12°C.
The forecast is calling for much colder air behind this system with some snow likely on Wednesday.
A fine day at Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 27 July 2019 (Dearing)
A heat warning has been in place since the start of the weekend in much of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia (except for Cape Breton) and Prince Edward Island.
In Greater Moncton, the temperature climbed to 30 C on Saturday and 29 C today but the forecast calls for 30 C on Monday and 31 C for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Overnight lows are not expected to drop that much either hovering around 18 to 19 C.
While humidity has been relatively low this weekend at around 50 percent or less, Environment Canada says the warm air mass will become more humid this week.
The only relief will be along the Fundy coast where temperatures will stay in the low 20s.
The view from Economy Point, NS, 03 July 2019 (Dearing)
After a cool and wet start to summer, a blast of heat is heading to the Maritime Provinces over the next few days.
Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for most of New Brunswick – excluding the Fundy coast – and western Nova Scotia while other areas under a special weather statement.
A warm, humid air mass is moving into the region today raising daytime temperatures to 30°C or more.
Humidex values near 40 are expected and overnight lows may not fall below 18°C providing little relief from the heat.
Near normal values will return late Saturday as a cold front arrives.
Heat warnings are also in place for parts of Ontario and Quebec where it climbed into the low 30s yesterday.
Main Street East webcam, 17 Nov 2018 (City of Moncton)
Southeast New Brunswick received about 20 cm of snow from a Nor’easter giving the region its first taste of winter.
Rain or ice pellets did not mix in as forecast for Greater Moncton but the snow was wet and heavy.
Higher amounts of snow fell further north and lesser amounts along the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia where more rain fell.
Snowfall totals (in cm):
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Bouctouche 22
- Greater Moncton 20
- Miramichi 14
- Fredericton 13
- Charlottetown 9
- Saint John 8
An intense low pressure system from the Great Lakes moved across New Brunswick Wednesday night and brought heavy rain especially along the Fundy Coast.
Alma at the entrance of Fundy National Park recorded 121 mm which is more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.
While it was a deluge for some, it was definitely much needed precipitation.
Here are more rainfall amounts:
- Harvey, NB. 80 mm
- Yarmouth, NS. 75 mm
- Saint John, NB. 55 m
- Halifax Airport, NS. 28 mm
- Greater Moncton. 24 mm
Countryside near Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI, 23 July 2018 (Dearing)
Another round of very warm temperatures and high humidity has enveloped almost all of the Maritimes with only New Brunswick’s Fundy coast exempt from an Environment Canada heat warning.
While actual daytime highs will approach 30 C, humidex values will range between 35 and 40 which can be dangerous for those at risk including young children, seniors and anyone with a chronic illness.
Forecasters say some relief may come on Thursday with some much needed rain but high humidity could persist until early next week.
Atlantic Canada could feel an impact from Tropical Storm Chris which has formed off the coast of the Southeastern U.S.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the third named storm of 2018 will move northeastward and possibly strengthen to become a hurricane by early Wednesday.
The storm could weaken as it approaches Nova Scotia by Thursday.
The CHC notes there is still uncertainty in the forecast track and intensity of this system.
Beryl is the second named storm but first hurricane of the season and has been down downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads toward Puerto Rico.
Meantime, Environment Canada issued another heat warning for New Brunswick except the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia as a warm, humid air mass pushes highs into the low 30s C with humidex values up to 38 on Monday.
Heavy rain falls in northeast Moncton, 22 Nov 2017 (Dearing)
A low pressure system from the southwest brought significant rainfall for southern New Brunswick.
Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning with up to 50 mm expected along the Fundy coast, Greater Moncton and the Kennebecasis Valley.
Drivers are being warned about water pooling on roads and flash flooding.
Falling from a daytime high of 13 C to an overnight low of zero, rain could turn to snow with a slight accumulation possible.
Heavy, wet snow brings down tree branches in Moncton, 30 Nov 2016 (Twitter)
Greater Moncton recorded a snowfall of almost 30 cm today which is not unusual for the end of November.
But it came as a surprise since Environment Canada had only forecast 10 cm of snow.
The heavy, wet snow fell over central and southeastern parts of New Brunswick while mostly rain was recorded in Saint John and along the Fundy coast.
The snow was too much for some trees and branches which fell onto power lines knocking out electricity to more than 41,000 customers at one point.
Snow covers grass, rooftops and vehicles, NE Moncton, 28 Nov 2016 (Dearing)
The first Nor’easter of the season packed a punch in central Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland but the storm barely touched Southeast New Brunswick.
About 12 cm of snow fell at Halifax Stanfield Airport with lesser amounts in the city, 11 cm at Charlottetown and Deer Lake.
Strong winds gusted to 102 km/h at East Point and a destructive 160 km/h at Wreckhouse.
Meantime, another storm is brewing as a low pressure system approaches the Maritimes late Tuesday into Wednesday with up to 15 cm of snow possibly changing to rain along the Fundy coast.