Heat comes to abrupt end

Thunderstorm moves into Saint John, 12 June 2017 (AKS/Twitter)


After three days of daytime highs above 28 C in Greater Moncton, much cooler weather is coming thanks to a cold front and a change in wind direction. 

The warm sometimes unstable air mass has created severe thunderstorms across the region.

Flash flooding was reported in Saint John yesterday after heavy downpours with wind and and hail which were also observed today in northeastern Nova Scotia. 

Environment Canada is forecasting below seasonal temperatures for Southeast New Brunswick over the next couple of days. 

Heavy hailstorm hits Alberta

Hail

Hail up to 30 cm deep fell near Calgary, AB, 28 June 2016 (Facebook)


Severe thunderstorms across Alberta delivered not only heavy rain but also heavy hail the size of quarters near Calgary yesterday.

The hail was so heavy and deep that it accumulated like snow and made an early summer day look downright wintry.

Funnel clouds and possible tornadoes were also reported during the stormy conditions.

Stormy air mass moves out of New Brunswick

Double rainbow over Riverview, NB, 06 August 2015 (T. Squires/Facebook)

Double rainbow over Riverview, NB, 06 August 2015 (T. Squires/Facebook)


Environment Canada says a warm, moist air mass that has been responsible for high humidity and severe thunderstorms across New Brunswick is finally moving out of the province.

The storms would often develop in the late afternoon or early evening and produce strong winds, heavy rains, brief localized flooding and even hail in some areas.

Drier and cooler air has moved into the province which is expected to bring near or slightly below temperatures to Greater Moncton with little chance of precipitation.

As you can see above, a double rainbow was spotted over Riverview last night after a brief storm.

According to Accuweather, while a primary rainbow is visible when light is reflected once off the back of a raindrop, a secondary and usually dimmer rainbow is spotted when light is reflected twice in a more complicated pattern.

Severe thunderstorms roll through central N.B.

Flash flooding amid a severe thunderstorm in Fredericton, 28 May 2015 (Twitter)

Flash flooding amid a severe thunderstorm in Fredericton, 28 May 2015 (Twitter)


Severe thunderstorms brought strong winds, rain, hail and even flash flooding to downtown Fredericton during the afternoon rush hour yesterday.

Environment Canada says between 25 and 40 mm of rain fell in only an hour and storm drains couldn’t keep up with the deluge which led to flooding on many city streets.

Hundreds of lightning strikes and winds gusting up to 82 km/h brought branches and trees down on power lines with up to 10,000 outages reported at the storm’s peak.

Chilly end to spring

A bed of tulips in Moncton, 30 May 2014 (Dearing)

A bed of tulips in Moncton, 30 May 2014 (Dearing)

It comes as no surprise, but temperatures are almost as chilly on the last day of spring in Southeast New Brunswick as they were on the first day of the season.

In Greater Moncton, the daytime high barely reached 14 C on Friday which is at least 8 C below normal for late June.

A cold front moved through the region last night which brought thunderstorms including hail in some areas and temperatures dropped considerably as as result.

Environment Canada is predicting summer like temperatures will return on Sunday.

Blizzards, tornadoes batter American Midwest

Shoppers stock up during a blizzard in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, 05 Oct 2013 (AP)

Shoppers stock up during a blizzard in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, 05 Oct 2013 (AP)

October snowfall records were shattered in South Dakota where more than 50 cm of heavy, wet snow fell in Rapid City and more than 100 cm in the Black Hills after a powerful cold front crossed the Great Plains.

Impassable roads and power outages plagued South Dakota today and some motorists had to be rescued by snowmobilers.

Further south, severe thunderstorms brought rain, hail and as many as nine tornadoes touched down in Nebraska and Iowa.

At least 15 people were injured in tornadoes while three deaths were reported in a car crash on a snowy highway.

BC battered by stormy weather

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, 29 Sept 2013 (PNG)

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, 29 Sept 2013 (PNG)

A wintry-like storm delivering heavy wind and rain battered Southwestern British Columbia over the weekend.

Meteorologists say wind gusts were hurricane-force at Tofino on Vancouver Island last night near 105 km/h.

Numerous ferry crossings had to be cancelled between the island and the mainland during the turbulent weather.

Meantime, apple growers in the Okanagan Valley are counting their losses today after a hail storm blew through the region yesterday.

One farmer may have lost about 60 percent of his crop according to a neighbour.

Tornado threat in Alberta

Eerie clouds over Edmonton, AB, 12 June 2013 (Courtesy Virgin Radio Edmonton)

Eerie clouds over Edmonton, AB, 12 June 2013 (Courtesy Virgin Radio Edmonton)

Severe weather has developed across much of central Alberta today including the Edmonton region.

Environment Canada says thunderstorms have the potential to produce a tornado.

Large hail, heavy rain, and strong wind gusts continue to be a threat in these thunderstorms.

As much as 20 to 30 mm of rain is expected by tomorrow with local accumulations of 50 mm in thunderstorms.

Crazy, wintry weather across American Plains

Snow falls in Denver, Colorado, USA, 09 April 2013 (AP)

Snow falls in Denver, Colorado, USA, 09 April 2013 (AP)

A dynamic storm system has produced a blizzard, severe storms with large hail and crazy temperature swings from North Dakota to Texas.

Heavy snow fell in many areas with the U.S. National Weather Service recording snowfall records being broken in 44 cities with some parts of Nebraska receiving as much as 60 cm.

A dramatic drop in temperature also occurred with Abilene, Texas falling from a scorching 33 C to near freezing in less than 8 hours from last night to early today.

The same storm system is moving into Ontario tomorrow and is expected to bring heavy rain and snow.

Canada’s Top 10 Weather Stories for 2012

Flooding on Robie Street, Truro, NS, 10 September 2012 (Courtesy Facebook)

Flooding on Robie Street, Truro, NS, 10 September 2012 (Courtesy Facebook)

In its annual list, Environment Canada has chosen the top weather stories of the year – from super storms to super heat, and from immense flooding to immense fires.

1. BIG HEAT
Temperatures were above normal across Canada during winter, spring and summer from coast to coast to coast.

2. ACTIVE HURRICANE SEASON
By the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, 19 named storms were recorded with Chris, Leslie, Rafael and Sandy impacting Canada.

3. BRITISH COLUMBIA FLOODING
High levels of early spring flooding in British Columbia caused washouts, and slides, evacuations and fatalities.

4. MARCH MILDNESS
The March heat wave was off the scale in every way: intense, huge and long-lasting. In Moncton, a new record monthly high of 26 C was recorded.

5. WILD PRAIRIE SUMMER
Summer on the Prairies started out with short-lived cool temperatures and ended as one of the top ten warmest on record.

6. BIG MELT
The year will go down as one of extraordinary change across the Arctic Ocean, with sea ice becoming dramatically thinner, weaker and younger and melting more easily.

7. HIGH AND DRY IN THE EAST
Higher than normal temperatures and a lack of rainfall in Eastern Canada meant a great summer for most outdoor enthusiasts but trouble for some crops and water systems.

8. URBAN FLOODING
Thunder Bay experienced record breaking flooding in May while Montreal and Toronto also found themselves with expensive floods weeks later.

9. CALGARY HAILSTORM
A monstrous hailstorm pelted Calgary with hailstones larger than golf balls on August 12th and in a matter of 10 minutes, pounding hail dimpled vehicles and riddled house siding with millions of dents.

10. SAINT JOHN RIVER ICE-JAM FLOODING
The first days of spring were marked by a mandatory evacuation for residents of Perth-Andover and Tobique First Nation when the Saint John River and several tributaries spilled onto nearby fields and roads.