Spring has sputtered in New Brunswick – it was nowhere to be found in March, finally appeared in late April and although May has had a few warm days, the month is still running slightly below normal in Greater Moncton.
So what about summer?
In its seasonal forecast, the Weather Network believes a cool June should give way to more consistent warm weather during July and August.
A humid summer is expected which may result in warmer than normal temperatures at night – overnight lows average about 12 C.
While periods of dry weather are expected, heavy showers and thunderstorms should bring rain totals to near normal for the season.
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 17 Sept 2016 (Dearing)
I had to make at least one more trip to Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele yesterday before the official end of astronomical summer.
It turned out to be a beautiful day with just a few clouds, an afternoon high near 24 C and the water of the Northumberland Strait was still warm.
The beach was quiet with only a handful of sunbathers and many who arrived chose to go for a stroll along the water’s edge.
Much needed rain fell today but it was still warm and humid with a high near 20 C.
Irishtown Park Reservoir, 28 Aug 2016 (Dearing)
A warm, dry trend which began in July continued in August in Southeast New Brunswick.
Although the temperature only climbed above 30 C once, there were 20 days with highs between 25 and 30 C often with high humidity and the overall monthly average was almost one degree above normal.
Rainfall was actually slightly above normal although a single rain event on 17 August delivered 35.4 mm which was more than one third the monthly total.
AUGUST 2016 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 25.0 C
Average LOW 13.2 C
AVERAGE 19.1 C (about 0.9 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 30.2 C (10 August)
Extreme LOW 8.9 (28 August)
RAINFALL 95.6 mm (about 15 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Severe thunderstorms moved into northwestern New Brunswick and the neighbouring State of Maine yesterday and one of those storm cells spawned a tornado.
U.S. National Weather Service officials say a tornado did touch down in Aroostook County, Maine near Caribou.
Environment Canada says funnel clouds may have been spotted in the Grand Falls area but the storm cell weakened by the time it reached New Brunswick.
Flash flooding was also reported in western parts of the province.
The severe weather came from a hot, humid air mass which has moved out of the region and has been replaced by cooler, drier air.
For the first time this summer, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick.
Humidex values between 35 and 40 degrees are being experienced inland across much of New Brunswick today.
Conditions are expected to persist this afternoon and then gradually diminish this evening as temperatures drop in the low 20’s overnight.
Another period of hot and humid weather is expected for Wednesday before subsiding at night.
Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.
Heat warnings are issued when high temperatures or humidity are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat stroke or exhaustion.
Summer-like warmth has finally returned to Southeast New Brunswick after endless cool, mostly cloudy days.
Edmundston was actually the hot spot in Canada today at 32.1 C with many other communities reaching 30 C.
Greater Moncton hit 29 C which is the warmest so far this August but that high could be beaten tomorrow.
The warm spell will be short-lived with a cooler and less humid air mass moving into the region later this week.
Courtesy The Old Farmers Almanac
Most of us are familiar with the polar vortex.
Last winter, the cold outbreak sunk deep into North America and brought frigid conditions to much of the continent.
But the polar vortex can happen in July too and essentially during mid-summer, it means the jet stream is taking an unusually deep trek south.
For Ontario, it has meant below seasonal temperatures this July.
As a matter of fact, St. John’s has had more days above 25 C this month than Toronto which is fairly significant given the Ontario capital’s typical hot and humid weather during July.
Fortunately, New Brunswick like Newfoundland has been on the other side of the jet stream this month with warm, sunny days and above seasonal temperatures.
Alma, NB, 01 July 2014 (Dearing)
Environment Canada issued a heat warning today for all of New Brunswick and it will remain in place for 02 July as well.
A warm and humid air mass over the Maritimes has resulted in humidex values reaching and exceeding 40.
Only some coastal areas will escape the heat, especially along the Fundy coast where onshore southwesterly winds will bring cooler temperatures.
Greater Moncton climbed to 31.3°C (humidex 38) today but the hot spot in the province was Bathurst at 34.2°C (humidex 40).
Downtown Moncton from Gunningsville Bridge, 15 Sept 2013 (Dearing)
Sunshine with a few clouds greeted participants in the annual Greater Moncton Terry Fox Run held at Riverfront Park.
Humid, tropical air since mid-week gave way to a much drier and seasonable day with a high today of 20°C.
Hundreds of all ages took part and this year’s event raised almost $15,000 for cancer research – the most successful run in at least 15 years.
A slow moving low pressure system moved across the Maritimes last night and today drenching many parts of New Brunswick including Greater Moncton.
The system felt tropical-like bringing warm, humid air with the humidex making it feel close to 30.
Rainfall amounts were impressive and in many places accounted for half the normal totals for September.
Totals as of 5pm ADT Tuesday 3 September:
Moncton 45 mm
Saint John 50 mm
Fredericton 52 mm
Alma (Fundy Park) 68 mm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)