Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 04 July 2019 (Dearing)
In less than two hours, the temperature in Greater Moncton dropped from 31.1°C to 24.0°C late this afternoon – a difference of seven degrees.
A cold front moved through New Brunswick with thunderstorms marking an abrupt end to the summer’s first brief heat wave.
Environment Canada even issued a tornado warning for the Grand Lake area after a possible twister developed south of Boiestown.
The warning was lifted after 30 minutes and no damage or injuries were reported.
Record highs have been broken in a number of communities across the Maritimes.
Friday, 05 July:
- Kouchibouguac NP, new record 31.1°C, old record 33.9°C from 1939
- Grand Manan, new record 31.7°C, old record 30.0°C from 1999
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, 32.7°C, old record 31.4°C from 2013
Greater Moncton was within a hair of breaking a record Saturday and Sunday it was the warmest on that date since 2013.
- 05 July, high 34.0°C, record 34.2°C from 2018
- 06 July, high 31.4°C, record 35.0°C from 1911
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Ominous sky over Jones Lake, Moncton, 04 June 2019 (Dearing)
A slow moving low pressure system crossed the Maritime Provinces on Friday bringing heavy rain to the region.
Environment Canada had posted rainfall warnings for many areas with 40 to 60 mm in southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and up to 100 mm in northern Nova Scotia.
Here are some rainfall totals (in mm):
- Parrsboro, NS 123
- Greenwood, NS 81
- Kejumkujik NP, NS 72
- Saint John, NB 61
- Charlottetown, PEI 54
- Summerside, PEI 53
- Greater Moncton Airport, NB 52
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 41
- Fredericton, NB 30
- Yarmouth, NS 22
Cat enters snowbound backyard in NW Moncton, 04 March 2019 (T. Clow)
A low pressure system approached the Maritimes from the northeastern United States late Sunday night.
Snow began in New Brunswick early Monday and intensified throughout the day before tapering off to freezing drizzle by evening.
About 24 cm fell in Greater Moncton which was the second heaviest snowfall of the season after the storm on 13 February.
The system also brought snow to western and central Newfoundland later on Monday with freezing rain to the Avalon Peninsula.
Snowfall amounts (cm) as of 1AM Tuesday from Environment Canada:
- Sydney: 26
- Saint John Airport: 26
- Greater Moncton Airport: 24
- Deer Lake: 23
- Fredericton: 21
- Miramichi: 21
- Charlottetown: 19
- Greenwood: 19
- Halifax Stanfield Airport: 17
- Bathurst: 14
- Gander: 14
- Yarmouth: 12
Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 13 Feb 2019
Lots of rain, freezing rain and ice pellets have been recorded so far this year in Southeast New Brunswick but snow has been somewhat scarce – until today.
A Colorado Low made its way across the continent this week bringing lots of snow to the American Midwest, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec before arriving in the Maritimes.
Greater Moncton received 26 cm of snow followed by ice pellets and some freezing rain/drizzle along with strong winds which created poor visibility.
Snowfall amounts were fairly consistent across most of Nova Scotia with 22 cm at Greenwood and Halifax Stanfield Airport, 21 cm in Sydney but only 11 cm in Yarmouth.
Environment Canada says cold weather will replace the snow for late week with a brief warmup and rain expected this weekend.
St. George Gorge, Magaguadavic River, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Warm, moist air with southerly winds pushed temperatures into record high territory across the Maritimes on Saturday.
Greater Moncton reached a high of 12.8 C which was actually a bit shy of the 1973 record of 14.4 C.
New record highs for 22 December:
- Greenwood, NS 16.8 C
- St. Stephen, NB 14.7 C
- Saint John, NB 14.1 C
- Fredericton, NB 13.0 C
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 13.6 C
- Alma. NB 12.9 C
- Kouchibouguac, NB 12.9 C
- St. Peters, PEI 12.2 C
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)
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
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
An intense low pressure system from the Great Lakes moved across New Brunswick Wednesday night and brought heavy rain especially along the Fundy Coast.
Alma at the entrance of Fundy National Park recorded 121 mm which is more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.
While it was a deluge for some, it was definitely much needed precipitation.
Here are more rainfall amounts:
- Harvey, NB. 80 mm
- Yarmouth, NS. 75 mm
- Saint John, NB. 55 m
- Halifax Airport, NS. 28 mm
- Greater Moncton. 24 mm
Courtesy NS Department of Transportation
An intense low pressure system off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia brushed the eastern portion of the province and Cape Breton Island with heavy snow.
New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were spared from this storm.
The eastern part of Cape Breton was the hardest hit with almost 35 cm of snow recorded in the Sydney area.
Here are snowfall totals as of 9am ADT, 09 April (in cm):
- Sydney 34.6
- Cheticamp 22
- Halifax Stanfield Airport 23.4
- Dartmouth 14
- Bedford 10
Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)
It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.
Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.
A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.
Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.
Here are some other snowfall totals:
- Kentville, NS 24 cm
- Alma, NB 20 cm
- Yarmouth, NS 18 cm
- Sussex, NB 17 cm
- Charlottetown, PEI 12 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 11 cm
- Bathurst, NB 8 cm
- Saint John, NB 6 cm