Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 04 July 2019 (Dearing)
In less than two hours, the temperature in Greater Moncton dropped from 31.1°C to 24.0°C late this afternoon – a difference of seven degrees.
A cold front moved through New Brunswick with thunderstorms marking an abrupt end to the summer’s first brief heat wave.
Environment Canada even issued a tornado warning for the Grand Lake area after a possible twister developed south of Boiestown.
The warning was lifted after 30 minutes and no damage or injuries were reported.
Record highs have been broken in a number of communities across the Maritimes.
Friday, 05 July:
- Kouchibouguac NP, new record 31.1°C, old record 33.9°C from 1939
- Grand Manan, new record 31.7°C, old record 30.0°C from 1999
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, 32.7°C, old record 31.4°C from 2013
Greater Moncton was within a hair of breaking a record Saturday and Sunday it was the warmest on that date since 2013.
- 05 July, high 34.0°C, record 34.2°C from 2018
- 06 July, high 31.4°C, record 35.0°C from 1911
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Boardwalk to Kellys Beach, Kouchibouguac National Park, 05 Aug 2016 (Dearing)
Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were posted across central and southern New Brunswick today.
At 5:16pm, Environment Canada issued a rare tornado watch for Grand Lake and Queens County noting conditions were favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which could produce tornadoes.
At 5:39pm, the tornado watch came to an end.
There were no immediate reports of tornadoes.
Greater Moncton was under a severe thunderstorm watch from about 4-7pm with some thunder heard and a brief but heavy rain shower.
Flooding along Route 148 near Fredericton, 01 Oct 2015 (Global/Facebook)
A moisture-laden storm soaked New Brunswick in a swath from the southwest to the northeast with more than 200 mm of rain in some communities.
Environment Canada says Greater Moncton got off relatively easy at just over 100 mm of precipitation in only 24 hours.
The hardest hit region for flash flooding and road washouts appeared to be a triangle roughly between Fredericton and Saint John and Sussex.
RCMP say one man died in the Sussex area in an accident while trying to protect his home, a group of six duck hunters needed help after their boat sank in Grand Lake and numerous vehicle collisions were reported due to hydroplaning and road washouts.
Snow in Fredericton, NB, 02 November 2014 (Twitter)
At the height of the Nor’easter, the rain/snow line across New Brunswick stretched from Charlotte County to Grand Lake to Miramichi.
Greater Moncton received steady rain this weekend with 52 mm reported as of 5pm AST while snow and ice pellets fell in Fredericton and up to 30 cm snow expected for western and northern New Brunswick.
Thousands across the province lost power during the storm due to strong, gusty winds and heavy snow bringing down tree branches.
The same storm also brought early season snow to the Eastern United States mostly in the Appalachian Mountains from South Carolina to Maine.
It’s hard to believe that only two weeks ago we had green grass in Greater Moncton.
Now we are bracing for a fourth winter storm which Environment Canada says will bring a mix of snow and freezing rain to Southeast New Brunswick.
Higher snow amounts are expected in central New Brunswick before the system heads to Newfoundland on Monday.
After this storm, an invasion of cold Arctic air will move into the Maritimes.
UPDATE – Moncton receives 22 cm snow; almost 30 cm falls in Grand Lake area.
Damage from the Grand Lake area tornado, 21 July 2013 (Courtesy CTV)
Environment Canada says winds in a tornado that touched down in the Grand Lake area on Saturday moved at speeds of between 135 to 175 kilometres per hour.
The wind speed calculated by meteorologists means the storm is officially designated as an Enhanced Fujita 1 (EF-1) – the scale runs from zero to five.
Two meteorologists examined the tornado’s destruction over a pathway of about 15 kilometres and found the storm touched down near Jemseg and started ripping up trees.
As it moved east, three barns were destroyed and three more structures were damaged or destroyed including another barn in the Cambridge-Narrows area.
The researchers found the debris from the barn in Cambridge-Narrows was picked up and carried more 300 metres.
The last EF-1 tornado hit the province on Aug. 3, 2007, in the Mount Carleton area.
(With files from Canadian Press)
Funnel cloud over Grand Lake, 21 July 2013 (Screen capture courtesy Alex Hache/ Global News)
A number of communities in central New Brunswick are cleaning up today after a tornado touched down last night.
Damage from strong winds was reported in the Grand Lake area including Cambridge-Narrows, Jemseg and Whites Cove.
Witnesses say a funnel cloud took shape and appears to have lifted the roof off a barn, uprooted trees and tossed around vehicles.
Environment Canada sent a team to assess the damage on 22 July and confirmed the storm was a tornado.