Chris heads for Avalon Peninsula


Chris near Newfoundland, 19:30 ADT (courtesy Earth Nullhouse Net)

Chris is now a post-tropical storm with sustained winds of 110 km/h and is expected to make landfall in eastern Newfoundland near Cape St. Mary’s tonight.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says strong winds combined with low pressure will create large waves and pounding surf giving the risk of coastal flooding along the southern Burin and Avalon Peninsulas.

Besides a wind warning, a rainfall warning has been issued with possible amounts of 50 mm or more and 20 mm an hour in the heaviest showers.

The remnants of Chris will drift away into the North Atlantic by early Friday morning.


Late October heat wave

Along the Riverfront Trail in Moncton, 21 October 2017 (Dearing)

Nine communities across New Brunswick set new record highs yesterday and the same will likely happen again today.

Greater Moncton was the warmest spot in the province climbing to 23.1 C which broke the old maximum temperature of 22.8 C from 1928.

Greenwood was among six communities in Nova Scotia breaking records with a high of 24.5 C.

Four records fell on Prince Edward Island including Charlottetown at 21.7 C.

Environment Canada says the Maritimes is enjoying a late October heat wave because the region is sandwiched between low pressure and high pressure allowing warm, southerly air to move northward.

Acadian Peninsula hit again


Severe thunderstorm, Caraquet, NB, 18 May 2017 (R.Mallais/Twitter)

After a severe ice storm in February, the Acadian Peninsula has been hit with bad weather again and this time by possible tornadoes.

Environment Canada is investigating after social media showed downed power poles, partially collapsed roofs and overturned concrete last night.

Severe thunderstorms can cause straight line winds with gusts as high as 130 km/h which is the same strength as the lowest level of tornado.

NB Power is working to restore electricity for thousands in northeastern New Brunswick and it could be sometime tomorrow before full restoration occurs.

The same frontal trough of low pressure moved into Greater Moncton this afternoon creating a 9 degree temperature drop (23 C to 14 C) in less than an hour and a wind direction change from southwest to northeast.

Arthur upgraded to a hurricane

Courtesy Canadian Hurricane Centre

Courtesy Canadian Hurricane Centre

Forecasters say the season’s first hurricane is expected to bring significant rain and wind to the Maritimes on Saturday.

Arthur became a hurricane today with maximum sustained winds of about 120 kilometres per hour.

Forecasters say a trough of low pressure will move eastward from the Great Lakes and guide the storm toward the Maritimes.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm’s projected track has been moved slightly to the west with significant rain and wind for the Maritimes but it’s too early to make rainfall and wind speed predictions.

Wet start to autumn



The autumnal equinox officially arrived in New Brunswick today at 5:44 pm ADT.

It was a warm and windy day in Greater Moncton with a high of 25.9°C – the warmest daytime high so far this September!

Forecasters are calling for a wet start to the fall season in Atlantic Canada thanks to the merger of two low pressure systems (see above).

Winter’s last gasp?



A snowfall warning has been posted for much of New Brunswick by Environment Canada.

This could be the first significant snowfall this month with as much as 20 cm expected.

A developing low pressure system south of Long Island, New York is tracking northeast and is expected to reach Southwest New Brunswick by this evening and then spread throughout the province overnight.

Will it be the last blast of winter?

Forecasters say another system may bring more snow by the end of the week.

Rainy end to summer

Courtesy The Weather Network

The warm, dry summer of 2012 in Greater Moncton is ending on a wet note.

Environment Canada is forecasting about 30 mm of rain for Southeast New Brunswick although some areas including Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island could receive up to 60 mm.

A slow-moving low pressure system is to blame for the wet weather but the temperatures will be warm with highs in the low 20’s C for Saturday.

The precipitation is definitely not needed in water-logged areas like Truro, NS which has already picked up more than 200 mm of rain so far this month.

Soaker for some parts of NB


A rainfall warning is in effect for western and southern portions of New Brunswick.

A deepening low pressure system just west of Nova Scotia will move northward to lie over the state of Maine tonight.

Up to 90 mm of rain could fall over parts of the region by tomorrow night.

Greater Moncton has escaped a rainfall warning but upwards of 30 mm could still fall.

UPDATE: A new rainfall record of 41.4 mm was set at the Greater Moncton Airport on Tuesday.

Snow for Easter!

April can be an unpredictable month for weather in Southeast New Brunswick and this Easter weekend is no exception.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Greater Moncton with up to 20 cm expected starting tonight.

A low pressure system is moving into the region and will lie over the Gulf of St. Lawrence bringing snow and strong northerly winds.

These winds combined with high tide will produce strong waves and rough pounding surf along the shorelines overnight and into Sunday afternoon.

Major winter storm has sights on Moncton


Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick for this weekend.

A low pressure system is forecast to develop and intensify as it moves northeastward along a trough off Nova Scotia.

Rain is expected to change quickly to flurries and light snow by late Saturday as the low approaches.

Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm is forecast for the above mentioned regions.

Strong northerly winds will cause blowing snow, especially over open and exposed areas.