Grass turning brown in NE Moncton, 26 July 2017 (Dearing)
Lawns are turning brown and gardens are thirsty in Southeast New Brunswick given the light amount of precipitation recorded so far this month.
Environment Canada says 29.8 mm of rain has fallen this July in Greater Moncton compared to an average of 92.1 mm – just under one-third of normal.
No significant rainfall is expected before the end of the month.
By contrast, parts of neighbouring Nova Scotia have been much wetter than normal with 135 mm to date at Halifax Stanfield Airport.
The snowbanks keep getting higher in NW Moncton, 16 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
An intense low pressure system tracked across the Maritimes today bringing heavy snow along with strong northerly winds creating blowing and drifting snow.
Environment Canada says this was the fourth storm system to impact Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick over the last two weeks.
Visibility was often very poor and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization restricted travel to snow plows and emergency vehicles on many major highways today.
Greater Moncton: 35 cm
Saint John: 25 cm
Fredericton: 20 cm
Charlottetown: 15 cm
Greenwood, NS: 40 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm
Aftermath of Blizzard 2017 in Fredericton, 14 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
A monster blizzard packing winds of more than 100 km/h and dumping upwards of 80 cm of snow over the Maritimes has moved into Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton recorded about 40 cm of snow and had a peak wind gust of almost 70 km/h.
The Fredericton area received the most snow from this storm with about 80 cm while Grand Etang on Cape Breton Island had a peak wind gust of almost 150 km/h.
Emergency management officials closed highways to police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances only.
Blizzard conditions persisted for at least 15 hours in some areas.
Other snowfall totals:
Halifax Stanfield Airport 54 cm
Greenwood, NS 61 cm
Charlottetown 40 cm
Saint John Airport 39 cm
Snow plow clearing streets in Moncton, 10 Feb 2017 (Twitter/CityofMoncton)
The latest Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard with lots of energy as it headed for the Maritimes.
The winter storm brought heavy snow and strong northeast winds to the region.
Snowfall totals as of midday:
St. Stephen: 38 cm
Greater Moncton: 24 cm
Charlottetown: 24 cm
Fredericton: 23 cm
Saint John: 19 cm
Kentville: 19 cm
Yarmouth: 17 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm
Vehicles covered in snow, NE Moncton, 08 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
An intense low pressure system is now over Newfoundland after dumping up to 40 cm of snow on parts of the Maritimes overnight.
Snowfall was heaviest over central Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and Prince Edward Island.
For Greater Moncton, this storm delivered the most snow since 30 November when more than 25 cm was recorded.
Fortunately this is light, dry snow since it fell when temperatures were cold (about -10 C or so) and it is much easier to move than wet, moisture-laden snow.
As expected, northern New Brunswick got off easy this time with only 3 cm reported in Bathurst.
Snow totals as of 8am AST:
Greater Moncton Airport 22 cm
Gagetown 23 cm
Saint John Airport 21 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport 33 cm
Halifax downtown 26 cm
Yarmouth 26 cm
Greenwood 36 cm
Sydney 27 cm
Charlottetown 35 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada and local estimates)
Trying to scrape car of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain, NE Moncton, 04 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
Four types of precipitation fell in Southeast New Brunswick in less than 12 hours after a low pressure system over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard tracked into the Maritimes.
Greater Moncton recorded 2 cm of snow/ice pellets, 12 mm of rain and almost 3 hours of freezing rain.
More snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick with 12 cm in Fredericton and 14 cm in Bathurst.
In Nova Scotia, the Halifax Stanfield Airport received almost 30 mm of rain and strong winds gusted to more than 140 km/h over Cape Breton Island.
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
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Snow covers grass, rooftops and vehicles, NE Moncton, 28 Nov 2016 (Dearing)
The first Nor’easter of the season packed a punch in central Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland but the storm barely touched Southeast New Brunswick.
About 12 cm of snow fell at Halifax Stanfield Airport with lesser amounts in the city, 11 cm at Charlottetown and Deer Lake.
Strong winds gusted to 102 km/h at East Point and a destructive 160 km/h at Wreckhouse.
Meantime, another storm is brewing as a low pressure system approaches the Maritimes late Tuesday into Wednesday with up to 15 cm of snow possibly changing to rain along the Fundy coast.
Snow blankets Bedford, NS, 15 April 2016 (NS Highway Webcams)
The last few snow events to hit Nova Scotia have mostly avoided New Brunswick and the latest low pressure system was no exception.
As much as 13 cm of snow fell at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport today with about 5 cm in downtown Halifax under a cloudy, dreary sky.
Meantime, the sun was prominent in Greater Moncton today with highs as warm as 13 C in western New Brunswick.
But Environment Canada is forecasting periods of snow for parts of New Brunswick on Monday.
Blizzard aftermath in Moncton, 27 March 2014 (Twitter)
Schools were closed for a second straight day in Greater Moncton after a massive blizzard brought heavy snow and strong, gusty winds which created poor visibility and whiteout conditions.
The Confederation Bridge was closed almost all day due to the winds and Cobequid Pass was shut down overnight due to blowing and drifting snow.
The spring blizzard of ’14 delivered some impressive numbers both in terms of snowfall and peak wind gusts:
Charlottetown, PEI. 53 cm/ 93 km/h
Greenwood, NS. 42 cm/ 102 km/h
Greater Moncton Airport. 41 cm/ 98 km/h
Digby, NS. 34 cm/ 111 km/h
Truro, NS. 28 cm/ 102 km/h
Saint John, NB. 28 cm/ 111 km/h
Halifax Stanfield Airport. 21 cm/ 100 km/h