A break in the rain at Irishtown Nature Park reservoir, 15 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
Another intense low pressure system moved through the Maritimes on the weekend bringing a new round of heavy rain and strong winds.
After a bone-chilling start, winds changed direction and a southerly flow pushed the high in Greater Moncton to 13.8°C – close to the record of 13.9°C from 2008.
Winds were strong with gusts up to 87 km/h in Southeast New Brunswick and a peak of 91 km/h reported in Bathurst.
As the storm headed to Newfoundland, cold air plunged into the region and temperatures fell below freezing and may stay that way for several days.
Fallen leaves, Centennial Park, Moncton, 14 Oct 2019 (Dearing)
Fewer trick or treaters are expected to be spooking neighbourhoods in Greater Moncton thanks to heavy rain and strong winds.
A low pressure system could bring at least 30 mm of rain to Southeast New Brunswick over the next 24 hours.
Potentially hurricane-strength winds are expected tomorrow ahead of a cold front but temperatures will be warm reaching the high teens.
Environment Canada has issued wind warnings with gusts from 60-90 km/h and possibly up to 110 km/h in the Tantramar Marsh.
Forecasters say the wind may cause damage to buildings such as to roof shingles and windows.
The wind may not die down until early Saturday.
Tree topples over following powerful winds, 04 Nov 2018 (NB Power)
An intense low pressure system moving up from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Maritimes overnight.
The powerful hurricane-force gusts knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 customers in New Brunswick during the height of the storm.
Temperatures were very mild thanks to a southerly flow with highs exceeding 20°C in some areas including a new record of 21.7°C in Cheticamp.
Rainfall amounts (mm):
- Kejimkujik, NS 93
- Alma, NB 85
- Greater Moncton 69
- Fredericton 64
- Saint John 60
- Summerside, PEI 58
- Halifax Stanfield 45
Wind gusts (km/h):
- Bouctouche, NB 119
- North Cape, PEI 117
- Greater Moncton 110
- North Mountain, NS 108
- Grand Etang, NS 106
- Fredericton 102
- Saint John 100
- Halifax Stanfield 100
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 11 June 2017 (Dearing)
Although I walked along Parlee Beach earlier this spring, my first official beach day of the season was a visit to Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele yesterday.
Under a mostly sunny sky, the afternoon high soared above 30 C although the water of the Northumberland Strait was a lot cooler.
Signage indicated the water quality was good for swimming.
The only minor downside was the wind which at times gusted to more than 80 km/h creating mini sand storms on the beach.
Barely two days after a blizzard, yet another snowstorm is slamming the Maritimes.
Environment Canada says mainland Nova Scotia has been the hardest hit this time with up to 75 cm along the South Shore – a one day March record.
In Southeast New Brunswick, strong, gusty winds prompted a blowing snow advisory for Greater Moncton along with another 20 cm snow.
This is what Moncton family found when they opened their door today, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)
Yet another blizzard has battered the Maritimes with heavy snow and blowing snow throughout the region.
Greater Moncton received 44 cm of snow which is on top of the 93 cm already on the ground.
Prince Edward Island had at least 50 cm and Cape Breton Island was also hard hit by the storm with Sydney getting walloped with almost 60 cm.
Portions of the Trans Canada Highway had to be shut down, the Confederation Bridge was closed, flights were cancelled and Champlain Place Mall didn’t open for two days in a row.
Officials at Poley Mountain Ski Resort near Sussex reported 75 cm of fresh powder today which will likely mean an extended season on the slopes.
Flying over Dieppe-Scoudouc TCH interchange, 01 Feb 2015 (Dearing)
City of Moncton officials are starting to wonder if the snow will stop long enough so that crews can do a proper job of snow removal.
Prior to the start of today’s blizzard late this afternoon – the third major storm in a week – the weather office noted that 68 cm of snow was lying on the ground at the Greater Moncton International Airport.
With 40 cm of snow in the forecast for Southeast New Brunswick, the region could be left with almost 110 cm on the ground – not to mention high drifts from strong, gusty winds.
Shopping malls closed early and city buses were pulled off the streets by 6pm to ensure most residents got home before the blizzard hit.
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.
Hurricane Cristobal continues to churn in the Atlantic tonight, about 450 km east-southeast of Cape Hatteras and racing northeastward toward the Grand Banks.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Cristobal will likely merge with a cold front moving southward over Atlantic Canada.
Forecasters say the result will be periods of heavy rain, gusty winds and fall-like temperatures for the Maritimes and Newfoundland by Friday.
Forecast for 07 August 2014
The remnants of Bertha, downgraded today to a non-tropical storm system, have spared the Maritimes and are now heading for eastern Newfoundland.
Forecasters say rain and gusty winds – up to 70 km/h – are likely for St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula tomorrow.
Showers, thunderstorms and cool temperatures will persist in Southeast New Brunswick tomorrow due to a low pressure system which is being held in place thanks to Bertha.