Magnolia tree in bloom, downtown Moncton, spring 2018 (Dearing)
The spring equinox officially arrived at 6:58pm ADT in the Northern Hemisphere which marks the moment when the Sun is directly above the equator as it moves northward.
The length of days are now roughly equal to the length of nights and the amount of daylight will continue to increase until the first day of summer on June 21st.
To mark the end of astronomical winter, here are a few highlights across Canada from the last three months:
- Record highs were set in Atlantic Canada just before Christmas with 12.8°C in Greater Moncton on 22 December.
- Edmonton broke numerous cold records during February with readings as low as -41.2°C and all but four days were in the minus 20’s and 30’s.
- Snowfall records fell in coastal British Columbia from 10-12 February with 69 cm in Nanaimo and 52 cm in Victoria – more than what is normally received in an entire winter season!
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Magnolia tree in bloom, downtown Moncton, 03 May 2016 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton has been enveloped by cloudy skies, cold conditions and frequent showers this week thanks to our close proximity to the jet stream.
While temperatures struggled to reach 6 or 7 C in the southeast, northwestern New Brunswick climbed into the low 20s today.
Forecasters say that warm air will finally push south this weekend with daytime highs near 18 C.
Magnolia tree in bloom at Moncton City Hall, 06 May 2013 (Dearing)
Magnolia trees are now in bloom in Greater Moncton.
The above photo shows one of the Magnolias at Moncton City Hall plaza.
Magnolia trees bloom in Moncton, 08 May 2012 (Dearing photo)
What a beautiful time of year in Greater Moncton!
Trees are sprouting leaves, flowers are in full bloom and the aroma of freshly cut grass is everywhere.
During a walk yesterday, I captured several magnolia trees blooming in Riverfront Park.
A horticulturist friend of mine mentioned the trees, which are native to the American South, have suffered some damage in recent days given that overnight lows have dropped below freezing.
Magnolia tree in bloom soaking up rain in Moncton, 23 April 2012 (Dearing photo)
After a dry winter and a rather dry spring to date, the rain is finally falling in Southeast New Brunswick.
Environment Canada has rain in the forecast for the entire week and some impressive totals have been recorded so far.
New records were set at Saint John Airport with 44.3 mm of rain yesterday and in Bathurst at 20.8 mm.
Greater Moncton officially recorded less than 5 mm but heavier showers fell overnight.
The same system has brought snow to parts of Southern Ontario, Quebec and the American Northeast.