We know it snows in Canada in April but an astonishing amount of snow remains on the ground for the middle of the month.
The only snow-free areas as of 18 April are mainland Nova Scotia, extreme SW Ontario, southern Manitoba, SW Saskatchewan, SE Alberta, coastal British Columbia and southern valleys of the interior.
Even much of the northeastern United States and the upper Great Lakes region is still covered in white.
In Greater Moncton, the snow has mostly disappeared except for man-made snowbanks but as much as 100 cm remains in northern New Brunswick.
Extremely dry ground and brown grass in NE Moncton, 30 Aug 2017 (Dearing)
The dry summer in Southeast New Brunswick continued in August with a dangerous forest fire hazard and little precipitation to soak the parched ground.
A dry trend which began in late June continued during the month with less than 50 mm of rain falling in Greater Moncton.
Temperatures were above normal with daytime highs consistently in the high 20’s Celsius but a string of single digit overnight lows during the final week brought down the overall monthly average.
AUGUST 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 25.6 C
Average LOW 11.9 C
AVERAGE 18.9 C (about 0.7 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 30.6 C (04 Aug)
Extreme LOW 7.2 C (28 Aug)
RAINFALL 46.8 mm (about 40 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Parlee Beach, NB, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)
I was grateful to soak up some sunshine this evening since clouds and rain are expected this weekend in New Brunswick.
Environment Canada says a low pressure system from the Great Lakes will bring a prolonged period of rain to the province.
Highest amounts could fall in the southwest with up to 100 mm and possibly 50 mm for Greater Moncton.
The emergency measures organization is warning residents living near the St. John River and its tributaries to be on alert for flooding.
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, NB, 23 Oct 2016 (Dearing)
A cold front from the Great Lakes combined with a tropical low to bring rain, wind and warm temperatures to the Maritimes this weekend.
The heaviest amount of rain fell in the Halifax region with about 80 mm recorded, already-soaked Cape Breton got off relatively easily with 35 mm in Sydney.
Greater Moncton only received 16 mm of rain but winds were as gusty as 70 km/h and the temperature climbed to a balmy 20.5 C.
The hot spot in the Maritimes was in Cheticamp with a record high of 23.9 C.
Radar image of eastern North America, 10 Mar 2016, 10:30 PM AST (Intellicast)
A low pressure system south of the Great Lakes is tracking eastward and will impact New Brunswick overnight.
Some areas of the province such as Saint John and Fredericton are expecting freezing rain and Environment Canada has posted warnings.
Greater Moncton will receive mostly snow with less than 6 cm expected which falls below warning criteria.
This system is connected to an extensive weather front which has brought torrential rain to the American South – up to 300 mm in the Lower Mississippi River Valley – causing flooding, several deaths and thousands being evacuated from their homes.
A low pressure system from the Great Lakes will merge with a low moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to form a Nor’easter.
The storm will brush the Maritimes tomorrow bringing heavy snow to eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.
Southeast New Brunswick could receive up to 10 cm of snow but Environment Canada is suggesting more could fall depending on the track of the storm.
A band of lake-effect snow clouds over Lake Erie descend on Buffalo, NY, USA, 18 Nov 2014 (AP)
The lake-effect snowstorm began early Tuesday in the Buffalo area of western New York State and by the time the snow stops falling by Thursday about 250 cm (8 feet) will have accumulated – an entire winter’s worth in a few days.
The snow coming from winds off Lake Erie shut down a major interstate highway stranding over 100 vehicles which forced rescuers to use snowmobiles to save drivers stranded in deep drifts.
Lake-effect snow is also piling up along the Great Lakes in western Michigan and Georgian Bay in central Ontario.
Unseasonably cold air continues to grip the Midwestern and Eastern United States with lows of -10 C in Charlotte, North Carolina, -6 C in New York City and even -3 C in Jacksonville, Florida.
Winds are carrying smoke from forest fires in British Columbia, the Prairies and the Northwest Territories into Ontario and the Northeastern United States.
Forecasters say the smoke is even lowering temperatures by several degrees which has explained why Central Canada and the eastern Great Lakes region have been experiencing lower than average temperatures so far this summer.
The jet stream has been carrying the smoke but officials say it is moving at such a high altitude that air quality will likely not be affected in the region.
Courtesy Canadian Hurricane Centre
Forecasters say the season’s first hurricane is expected to bring significant rain and wind to the Maritimes on Saturday.
Arthur became a hurricane today with maximum sustained winds of about 120 kilometres per hour.
Forecasters say a trough of low pressure will move eastward from the Great Lakes and guide the storm toward the Maritimes.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm’s projected track has been moved slightly to the west with significant rain and wind for the Maritimes but it’s too early to make rainfall and wind speed predictions.
Ice on southern Lake Superior, 31 May 2014 (Twitter @LAKSuperiorFoto)
The first day of June marks the beginning of meteorological summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
In New Brunswick, we are hoping for much better weather than the last three calendar months which have been cold and relatively wet.
Forecasters say part of the blame may come from colder waters including the Great Lakes which still have almost two percent ice cover on Lake Superior.
This is the latest date in recent memory – since 2003 – for ice on the lake which is mainly hugging the southern coast bordering the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.