Heat wave abruptly ends in N.B.

Heavy rain during thunderstorm in NE Moncton, 21 July 2017 (Dearing)


The temperature climbed to 30 C for three days in a row in Greater Moncton which is an unofficial heat wave since 32 C is the maximum by definition.

Those warm daytime highs, 30.4 C (19 July), 30.4 C (20 July) and 30.0 C (21 July), still haven’t eclipsed the season-to-date maximum of 30.8 C recorded on 11 June.

A cold front moved west to east through New Brunswick yesterday triggering scattered thunderstorms with heavy rain, gusty winds and even hail.

The heat and humidity have been replaced by a cooler, drier air mass with highs in the low 20’s C which is slightly below normal for late July.

St. John River remains above flood stage

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Flooding along the St. John River, Fredericton, NB, 07 May 2017 (Instagram)

Much of New Brunswick was spared the worst of a low pressure system which delivered heavy rain and created flooding over the weekend especially along the St. John River.

Environment Canada says the extreme southern half of the province had the most rain with more than 100 mm in some areas and unofficially almost 180 mm (about two months worth) fell in Mechanic Settlement, near Fundy National Park.

Moncton got off relatively easy with 40 mm of rain while Saint John had 70 mm and Fredericton reported 80 mm.

The Emergency Measures Organization says water levels should remain high but steady for the rest of this week with more rain on the way.

Hurricane Otto strikes Central America

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Heavy rain and flooding swept away bridges in Costa Rica, 25 Nov 2016 (Reuters)

Otto has become the strongest storm so late in the Atlantic hurricane season to make landfall.

Otto struck the coast of Nicaragua and Costa Rica as a category 2 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm as it weakens in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Forecasters say exceptionally high sea surface temperatures of around 29 C added extra fuel to the storm which delivered a month’s worth of rain in a few hours.

Officials say the death toll was nine but could have been higher if the storm had hit major population centres.

Matthew causes mayhem in Caribbean

mattOne of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history, Matthew is swirling in the Caribbean with Haiti in its direct path.

The category 4 storm with sustained winds of 220 km/h and heavy rains causing flooding have forced thousands in Haiti and Jamaica to emergency shelters.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Matthew may lose some steam as it moves across Haiti, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas.

Forecasters currently believe Matthew will remain close to Florida and offshore to the east but caution its path could change.

Earl kills dozens in Mexico

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Mudslides in Tlaola, Puebla State, Mexico, 07 Aug 2016 (AFP)


Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Earl triggered mudslides in eastern Mexico where officials say at least 40 people have been killed.

The worst affected state was Puebla where some towns including Tlaola were almost completely destroyed by mudslides.

Emergency workers are searching through mud and rubble to find survivors.

Meantime on Mexico’s west coast, Tropical Storm Javier is moving closer to Baja California and has already brought heavy rain and flooding to Cabo San Lucas.

Earl weakens after hitting Belize

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Earl uproots trees in Belize City, Belize, 04 Aug 2016 (Reuters)

Hurricane Earl weakened to a tropical storm early today after making landfall near Belize City, on the western Caribbean Sea.

Wind speeds dropped to about 100 km/h as Earl moved inland.

Belize was also forecast to receive between 200 and 400 mm of rain.

The storm is predicted to move across northern Guatemala and southeastern Mexico where its rains could still cause flash floods and mudslides.

Earl to impact Central America

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Hurricane Earl – the fifth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season – with sustained winds of 120 km/h is racing toward Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Forecasters say parts of Belize could be hit with heavy rain which could top 300 mm with possible flooding and mudslides over mountainous areas.

Earl is expected to weaken over land and possibly strengthen when it reaches the Bay of Campeche with another landfall near Veracruz, Mexico expected.

Heavy hailstorm hits Alberta

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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.

Colin brushes Atlantic Canada

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Post-Tropical Storm Colin, 08 June 2015 (CTV/Twitter)


By the time Colin had arrived in Canadian waters earlier today, it had become a post-tropical storm – essentially a strong low pressure system.

Much of Florida had received heavy rain from Colin before the storm moved into the Atlantic Ocean and tracked northeastward.

Wind was not a factor for the Maritimes but heavy rain fell in eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland.

Greater Moncton received less than 20 mm of rain between remnants of Colin and another low pressure system which was crossing New Brunswick.

Colin was the third named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season – after Bonnie in late May and Alex in mid-January.

Pea soup fog in Greater Moncton!

A foggy day along Highway 15 in SE New Brunswick, 03 Dec 2013 (News 91.9)

A foggy day along Highway 15 in SE New Brunswick, 03 Dec 2013 (News 91.9)

Fog is not uncommon along the Fundy coast of New Brunswick – fog can occur most days of the year.

However, fog is less common further inland especially in Greater Moncton.

Today, the fog didn’t lift in the morning as it normally would and it stuck around for the entire day!

Not to mention that heavy rain moved into the region during the evening and turned to slushy, wet snow overnight.