Arctic air to retreat

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Snow is piled high in Boston, MA, USA, 05 Jan 2018 (AP)

Much of New Brunswick was under another extreme cold warning this weekend with a near record low of -22.3 C in Greater Moncton today (record is -23.3 C from 1945) and a bone-chilling wind chill near -36.

Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to moderate this week with a return to near normal values and even above freezing temperatures by Thursday.

The Northeast United States has also been under a cold snap and the thermometer bottomed out Sunday with record lows in a number of cities including Burlington, Vermont at -29 C and Portland, Maine at -24 C.

Boston, Massachusetts tied its record low of -19 C just days after digging out from 34 cm of snow during the ‘bomb cyclone’ and being inundated with icy floodwaters from the highest tides in a century.

Storm coming to N.B.

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Several weather outlets are forecasting a major winter storm will hit the Maritimes bringing heavy snow and strong winds to New Brunswick just days into 2018.

Blizzard conditions are possible along with large waves and high water levels along the coast.

Nova Scotia may get more rain along the Atlantic coast while a rain/snow mix is likely inland.

Until the storm arrives, Arctic air remains firmly in place with several cities in Ontario setting new record lows on New Year’s Day including -22.6 C at Toronto Pearson Airport and -28.6 C at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport.

Highest tides of 2016

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16 Nov 2016, Courtesy Jeff Boudreau/Facebook

Several factors including this week’s supermoon and a low pressure system over New Brunswick have led to the highest tides of 2016 in the Bay of Fundy.

Two surfers rode the tidal bore up the Petitcodiac River to take advantage of the high tide.

Environment Canada says the tide was on average between 30 and 50 cm above the predicted level by early afternoon.

A storm surge had been in place in Charlotte County with some minor flooding reported along the waterfront in St. Stephen.

Major snowstorm on the way

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Radar image, 23:00, 12 January 2016 (Courtesy Bing)


An intensifying low pressure system will track across the Bay of Fundy and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Southeast New Brunswick with snow starting overnight.

Snow at times heavy and blowing snow will make travel difficult on Wednesday.

Snowfall amounts of up to 25 centimetres are expected with winds gusting up to 70 km/h creating blowing snow and reduced visibility.

A storm surge warning has also been issued along the Northumberland Strait where high tides late Wednesday and strong winds will likely create higher than normal water levels.

U.S. East Coast braces for “Frankenstorm”

Projected path of Sandy, 26 October 2012 (courtesy NOAA)

Hurricane Sandy continues to barrel north as the lowest category hurricane just as a winter storm moves across the west and Arctic air streams south.

Forecasters say if they meet over New Jersey or New York by Tuesday morning, it could create a big mess with rain, wind, high tides, snow and possibly even tornadoes.

Being dubbed “Frankenstorm” due to its Halloween week arrival, utility companies are already preparing for expected power outages and residents on the U.S. East Coast are being told to take necessary precautions.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre is tracking the storm and says Southern Ontario will likely be impacted the most by high winds although wind and rain are also likely for the Maritimes.

Debby dumps on Florida

Even an alligator tries to escape the Florida flooding, 25 June 2012 (Bay News 9 photo)

After swirling for days in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Debby finally made landfall on Florida’s west coast today dumping heavy rain on the already saturated region.

The U.S. Hurricane Centre says almost 600 mm (24 inches) of rain has fallen in an area north of Tampa and Debby has sustained winds of about 65 km/h.

A combination of storm surge and high tides is expected to bring more flooding to towns along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

A state of emergency was declared in Florida yesterday and as much as 200 mm of rain could still fall in parts of northern parts of the state and Georgia over the next couple of days.