This has been a very snowy winter across northern New Brunswick with Edmundston and Bas-Caraquet recording 114 cm of snow on the ground as of today (06 March).
Some unofficial reports have indicated a snow depth of more than 160 cm in some mountainous areas.
Southern New Brunswick also has plenty of snow but often it has been mixed with rain, freezing rain or ice pellets which have lowered accumulations.
Greater Moncton now sits at 53 cm (the most so far this season) and snowbanks are getting high enough to cause visibility issues at some intersections.
Plenty of snow near Caraquet, NB (Village Historique Acadian/IG)
Snow falling in west end Moncton, 09 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
For the third time since the start of 2019, Southeast New Brunswick was hit with snow.
Another low pressure system initially brought snow with 21 cm recorded in Greater Moncton following briefly by ice pellets and then 5 mm of rain as the temperature climbed above freezing.
Higher amounts of snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick while more rain fell over mainland Nova Scotia with localized flooding in the Halifax region.
Environment Canada expects calmer but colder conditions over the next few days.
UPDATE – Storm summary for New Brunswick:
- Miramichi up to 55
- Caraquet up to 44
- Bathurst 28
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Shediac 27
- Alma 26
- Greater Moncton 21
- Fredericton 15
- Saint John 5
- Grand Manan 30
- Saint John 25
- Alma 19
- St. Stephen 13
- Fredericton 5
- Greater Moncton 5
It doesn’t get that much colder than this in New Brunswick – thankfully! – and this is certainly the coldest weather so far this winter.
The thermometer fell to a bone-chilling -21 C in Greater Moncton this morning with a wind chill of -28.
The cold spot in the province was Edmundston with a low of -31 C which makes a temperature of -4.4 C in Grand Manan balmy by comparison.
Miscou Island set a new record low of -22.9 C according to final figures from Environment Canada beating the old record of -22.2 C from 1968.
The historic Algonquin Resort after a rainstorm, St. Andrews, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Although it has felt like winter for weeks now, the solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 6:23pm AST Friday.
Oddly enough the weather now feels more like spring with a high of 10.1 C on Friday and 12.8 C today in Greater Moncton thanks to southerly winds and heavy rain from an intense low pressure system.
But the warmth will be short-lived as winds change direction to northwesterly behind the system and temperatures will fall below freezing on Sunday.
Rainfall amounts as of 22 December at 12pm AST:
- Mechanic Settlement 92 mm
- St. Andrews 79 mm
- Grand Manan 73 mm
- Alma 60 mm
- Fredericton 51 mm
- Saint John Airport 42 mm
- Miramichi 31 cm
- Greater Moncton about 20 mm
Fall foliage in Centennial Park, Moncton, 13 Oct 2018 ( Dearing)
Starting late Wednesday and lasting into Friday, a warm front and low pressure system eventually combined with moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Michael.
As these two systems began to interact, a significant amount of rain fell over parts of the Maritimes.
Rainfall summary in millimetres as of Saturday 5am ADT:
- Doaktown: 47.2
- Greater Moncton Airport: 39.4
- Fredericton: 36.2
- Saint John: 35.6
- Grand Manan: 34.5
- Halifax Stanfield Airport: 55.4
- Yarmouth: 70.4
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
We are now several weeks into the growing season and temperatures are dropping to dangerously cold lows.
Farmers are concerned about damage to crops after a cool air mass and clear skies led to a frigid low of -4 C in parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia overnight.
Greater Moncton dropped to -3.2 C early today which broke the old record of -2.2 C from 1903 and records go back to 1881.
The following new record lows were set on 04 June:
- Kouchibouguac National Park, NB -3.8 C (records since 1924)
- Grand Manan, NB -2.2 C (records since 1883)
- Port Hawkesbury, NS -2.6 C (records since 1875)
- Ingonish, NS -2.2 C (records since 1950)
- Summerside, PEI -1.9 C (records since 1898)
- Charlottetown, PEI -1.0 C (records since 1872)
Freshly fallen snow in west end Moncton, 18 Jan 2018 (Dearing)
Almost 20 cm of snow fell in Greater Moncton yesterday and it came without any official weather warnings.
Some media outlets were suggesting more than 20 cm while Environment Canada was calling for between 10 and 14 cm.
The snowfall turned out to be the second heaviest of the season so far after the Christmas Day storm.
The low pressure system also brought 14 cm to Saint John, 17 cm in the Fredericton area and about 20 cm in Grand Manan and Alma.
Even higher amounts were recorded in eastern Prince Edward Island, northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.
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:
Saint John 15
Summary of maximum winds in kilometres per hour:
Grand Manan 102
Saint John 102
CFB Gagetown 72
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
NB daytime highs from Environment Canada, 14 July 2016
Greater Moncton has yet to reach 30 C this summer but warm, breezy conditions pushed the daytime high to 29 C today with winds gusting up to 72 km/h.
Many other New Brunswick locations surpassed 30 C with Bathurst climbing to 33 C which was the hot spot in Canada.
Temperatures were cooler along the Fundy coast with a maximum of 20 C in Saint John and 23.4 C on Grand Manan Island.
The city of Boston, USA, is having a tough winter.
Over the past month, the Massachusetts capital has been hammered by a series of storms which have dumped almost 180 cm of snow breaking the previous 30-day record from 1978.
With so much snow, Boston officials are struggling to figure out where to put it all.
Much of the snow is being trucked to vacant lots where it is being melted by industrial machines.
Incidentally, the latest snowstorm in Boston had virtually no impact on mainland New Brunswick – Grand Manan Island had snow – thanks to an Arctic air mass which kept the system south of our region.