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NOVEMBER snowfalls in Greater Moncton
Year Snow event Total monthly snowfall
2017 3.2 cm
2016 Nov. 30 had 26 cm 37.4 cm
2015 4.0 cm
2014 Nov. 26-27 had 32 cm 55.8 cm
2013 3.4 cm
2012 No measurable snow
2011 Nov. 23 had 21.6 cm 25.0 cm
2010 Nov. 27 had 10.6 cm 26.2 cm
2009 7.4 cm
2008 Nov. 22 had 32.7 cm

42.1 cm

November can often be a hard month to predict when it comes to how much snow may fall in New Brunswick.

As the chart above shows for Greater Moncton, some years may have only a few centimetres or even barely a snowflake as was the case in 2012.

However, it only takes one major storm to push up the totals such as in 2014 with almost 56 cm of snow.

Much of the month’s accumulation tends to come from several snowfalls of just a couple centimetres each and often there are no major snow events.

The thirty year snowfall average (1981-2010) for November at the Greater Moncton Airport is 19.4 cm.

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

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)

Nor’easter packs bigger punch than expected

The track of the latest Nor’easter hugged the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia which ultimately led to more snow in Southeast New Brunswick than forecasters first thought.

Environment Canada originally predicted 10 cm but more than double fell in Greater Moncton which ended up with the highest snow total in the Maritimes.

This was a classic Nor’easter with strong winds reaching a peak gust of 78 km/h creating blowing and drifting snow in open areas.

Here are some regional totals as of 8am ADT on 31 January:

  • Greater Moncton Airport:  25 cm
  • Halifax International Airport: 23 cm
  • Greenwood: 20
  • Sydney:  20
  • Halifax (downtown): 19
  • Charlottetown:  19
  • Bathurst:  18
  • CFB Gagetown:  14
  • Yarmouth:  13
  • Saint John Airport:  11

Greater Moncton spared worst of storm


Powerful storm surge causes flooding along the waterfront in Halifax, NS, 05 Jan 2018 (Twitter)

The ‘bomb cyclone’ or ‘snow hurricane’ – featuring a dramatic drop in atmospheric pressure when warm and cold air collided – has left the Maritimes and spared Southeast New Brunswick from the worst of its fury.

While strong winds were a factor throughout the region, Greater Moncton received less snow compared to further north and west.

To the south and east, more rain fell along with hurricane-force winds (up to 200 km/h gusts in western Cape Breton) which created powerful storm surges causing flooding along the coast.

Here are some totals from Environment Canada and local estimates:

  • Greater Moncton Airport  14 cm snow, 10 mm rain, 91 km/h wind gust
  • Bathurst  58 cm snow, 80 km/h wind gust
  • Fredericton  30 cm snow, 78 km/h wind gust
  • Saint John  5 cm snow, 20 mm rain, 87 km/h wind gust
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport  40 mm rain, trace snow, 122 km/h wind gust

The storm may have departed but Arctic air has filtered back into the Maritimes which will mean a bitterly cold weekend.

Consistent snow totals across Maritimes


Halifax Transit bus during a snowstorm, Halifax, NS, 12 Dec 2016 (Twitter)

The cleanup was underway across the Maritimes today after a Colorado Low dropped about 15-25 cm of snow – the same storm delivered similar amounts across Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec yesterday.

The Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia also saw a changeover to rain where temperatures climbed above freezing.

Here are some snow totals in the region:

Saint John  26 cm

Halifax Stanfield Airport  22

Greater Moncton Airport  19

Sydney  18

Charlottetown  14

Yarmouth  13

Fredericton 11

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Snow cover finally disappears!

Huge snow mountain nearly gone after two weeks (Dearing)

Huge snow mountain nearly gone after two weeks (Dearing)

Environment Canada says as of today, 18 April, 0 cm of snow is lying on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.

Since snow began falling and covering the ground in mid-December, that means Southeast New Brunswick has had a consistent snow cover for about four months!

A lot of melting has taken place in the last couple weeks, as you can see by the picture above, with 80 cm of lying snow at the beginning of this month alone.

Snow mountain is melting – Week 2

Week-over-week snow mountain comparison (Dearing)

Week-over-week snow mountain comparison (Dearing)

The snow is melting in Moncton thanks to a string of days with slightly above normal daytime highs and chilly overnight lows.

As of 09 April, 38 cm of lying snow was recorded at the Greater Moncton Airport which is down considerably from 80 cm at the beginning of the month and below the record of 46 cm from 1963.

The most snow lying on the ground this season was 88 cm recorded on 31 December.

As you can see above, the mountain of snow in my NE Moncton neighbourhood has been melting quickly over the past week.

Mountains of snow!

Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)

Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)

As of yesterday, 03 April, Environment Canada recorded about 80 cm of snow on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.

Without a doubt that is a lot of snow for early April and early spring but incredibly not a record.

It was also very snowy during the same period in 1967 – 47 years ago! – when 84 cm of snow was lying on the ground.

However, the melting has already begun and the forecast is calling for near normal or slightly above normal temperatures for the next week.

The above picture shows the mountain of snow piled outside my home in NE Moncton and every week I will post an updated shot until it has all melted away.

Powerful winds and record highs across NB

Shediac Road business, 31 Jan 2013 (Dearing photo)

Shediac Road business, 31 Jan 2013 (Dearing photo)

A low pressure system that moved into New Brunswick not only brought lots of rain and strong winds but also record high temperatures across the province.

Environment Canada reports that wind gusts peaked at 93 km/h in Moncton today which was strong enough to tear the roof off a dry cleaning business.(photo above)

Yesterday, at least 10 new record highs were set including 11.8°C at Greater Moncton Airport, 11.2°C in Bouctouche and 11.1°C in Alma.

The previous record in Moncton was 8.3°C from 2008.

Nine communities have also broken record highs today including Moncton at 14.1°C and Kouchibouguac at 13.5°C.

The hotspot in Canada today is Cheticamp, Nova Scotia at 16.7°C.

Ominous clouds over SE New Brunswick

Ominous cloud over Moncton (courtesy TWN/Facebook)

Southeastern New Brunswick was drenched on Saturday as severe thunderstorms moved across the region.

Environment Canada meteorologist Claude Cote says 20 mm of rain fell at the Greater Moncton Airport but areas such as the Magnetic Hill concert site where Nickelback performed may have received double that amount.

“It’s typical of thunderstorm activity… and type of convection.  Within 90 minutes, you can go from some sunny breaks to a good downpour.  So it’s rather typical of July weather in the Maritimes.”

Cote adds some ominous-looking clouds and hail were spotted but there were no reports of tornadoes in the region.

 (courtesy News 91.9 Moncton)