Michael partly to blame for rain

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
  • Kejimkujik: 47.7

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)


Record lows in Maritimes

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)

Surprise! Lots of snow


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.

Nor’easter not as bad as expected


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:

Bathurst 30
Kouchibouguac 26
Fredericton 20
Edmundston 18
Moncton 17
Miramichi 16
Saint John 15

Summary of maximum winds in kilometres per hour:

Grand Manan 102
Saint John 102
Miramichi 81
Fredericton 80
Moncton 78
CFB Gagetown 72
Kouchibouguac 61

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Mid-summer heat!


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.

Boston buried in snow!

Boston snowThe 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.

N.B. digs out from late winter wallop

Snow blower at work in NW Moncton, 13 March 2014 (Facebook)

Snow blower at work in NW Moncton, 13 March 2014 (Facebook)

Today may be calm and sunny in Greater Moncton but you haven’t been able to say that for almost two days.

A late winter storm began delivering rain Wednesday night followed by freezing rain then snow and ice pellets by Thursday morning.

The total accumulation in Moncton was about 32 cm of snow and 2 mm of rain but areas further west and north in New Brunswick got even more snow.

Gagetown received 45 cm followed closely by Bathurst at 44 cm and Fredericton with 32 cm.

Saint John only had 7 cm of snow but almost 30 mm of rain while Grand Manan had 40 mm of rain with barely any snow.

Andrea brings rain, wind

Tree toppled in Miramichi, NB (Courtesy Facebook)

Tree toppled in Miramichi, NB (Courtesy Facebook)

Post-Tropical Storm Andrea had lost most of her tropical characteristics by the time she arrived in the Maritimes but she still delivered a lot of rain and strong, gusty winds.

Minor flooding occurred especially along the Fundy coast where as much as 60 mm of rain fell with up to 95 mm reported over Grand Manan Island.

Wind damage was minimal but gusts of up to 65 km/h were reported in Miramichi with a few trees coming down.

Spring flooding comes early

Flooding on Route 106, south of Moncton, 14 March 2013 (Facebook)

Flooding on Route 106, south of Moncton, 14 March 2013 (Facebook)

Spring flooding came a bit early to parts of New Brunswick thanks to a low pressure system which brought a lot of rain yesterday.

The heaviest rainfall amounts were recorded in central areas and along the Fundy coast.

Here are some amounts from Wednesday, courtesy Environment Canada:

Moncton 13 mm

Saint John 34 mm

Grand Manan 37 mm

St. Stephen 54 mm

Fredericton 62 mm