Nor’easter nails U.S. Northeast

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Heavy waves crash into homes in Scituate, MA, USA, 02 March 2018 (Boston Globe)

A powerful storm surge forced water from the Atlantic to pour into the streets of Boston as huge waves crashed along the Massachusetts coast in a powerful Nor’easter roaring through the American Northeast.

For the second time this year alone, businesses tried to prevent flooding by using barriers and sandbags.

The storm packed strong winds with gusts of more than 110 km/h with driving rain in coastal areas to heavy snow in upstate New York.

Power has been knocked out for millions of customers and thousands of flights have been cancelled from Maine to North Carolina.

The Maritimes has managed to escape this system which will head out to sea but not before brushing southwestern Nova Scotia with gusty winds and heavy surf.


Arctic air to retreat


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.

‘Bomb cyclone’ barrels up U.S. East Coast


Snow accumulates in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, 03 Jan 2018 (Twitter)

For the first time in 28 years, the capital of America’s Sunshine State had measurable snow.

Tallahassee may occasionally see snowflakes in winter but today was only the fourth time since 1950 that snow actually accumulated on the ground.

The wintry blast was thanks to a so-called bomb cyclone which originated off Florida’s east coast and is barreling up the Atlantic toward the Maritimes.

The intense storm system also brought heavy freezing rain to South Carolina and blizzard warnings have been posted from Virginia to Maine.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick with 30 cm of snow/ice pellets and 10 mm of rain as the temperature finally climbs above freezing.

The thermometer has not risen above zero since Christmas Day and seven straight days have been below -10 C.

Snowstorm slams Atlantic coast


Multi-vehicle pileup on interstate highway, Middletown, CT, USA, 07 Jan 2017 (Twitter)

A powerful winter storm moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought snowy and icy conditions from Alabama to Maine with more than 30 cm in parts of Virginia.

The low pressure system arrived in the Maritimes this evening with Nova Scotia expected to feel the brunt with up to 40 cm of snow expected.

A winter storm warning has been issued for Greater Moncton, Sussex, Saint John and Fundy National Park with 15-25 cm of snow and strong winds creating blowing snow by Sunday afternoon.

Northern New Brunswick is only expecting a few flurries to slight amounts of snow.

Tornado touches down in Maine


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.

Heavy snow falls in western NB

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Snowy scene along TCH near Perth-Andover, NB, 16 May 2016 (NB Hwy Cams)

With a cold, intermittent rain shower, the thermometer barely reached 7 C at midday in Greater Moncton and with strong winds gusting near 70 km/h, the wind chill made it feel more like -3 C.

Did I mention it was the middle of May and it also snowed today in western New Brunswick and in the neighbouring State of Maine?

Up to 20 centimetres of snow fell over Carleton and Victoria Counties thanks to a blast of Arctic air and a low pressure system moving through the region.

Forecasters say temperatures will improve as the week goes on with highs near the seasonal mark of 17 C by Thursday.

Nor’easter brings rain, wind and snow to N.B.

Snow in Fredericton, NB, 02 November 2014 (Twitter)

Snow in Fredericton, NB, 02 November 2014 (Twitter)

At the height of the Nor’easter, the rain/snow line across New Brunswick stretched from Charlotte County to Grand Lake to Miramichi.

Greater Moncton received steady rain this weekend with 52 mm reported as of 5pm AST while snow and ice pellets fell in Fredericton and up to 30 cm snow expected for western and northern New Brunswick.

Thousands across the province lost power during the storm due to strong, gusty winds and heavy snow bringing down tree branches.

The same storm also brought early season snow to the Eastern United States mostly in the Appalachian Mountains from South Carolina to Maine.

Wintry weather hangs on

A common sight in Moncton during periods of freezing rain or even snow

A common sight in Moncton during periods of freezing rain or even snow

Many New Brunswickers were hoping this week’s blizzard was the last winter storm of the season but unfortunately more wintry weather is moving into the region.

Environment Canada has posted a rainfall and freezing rainfall warning for Greater Moncton with 5 cm of snow, extended periods of freezing rain or ice pellets along with up to 40 mm of rain.

The slow moving low pressure system also brought mixed precipitation to the U.S. Northeast from Virginia to Maine where it has already sparked concerns about spring flooding.

Great day for whale watching!

Fin Whale in Passamaquoddy Bay, 17 July 2013 (Robert Miller photo)

Fin Whale in Passamaquoddy Bay, 17 July 2013 (Robert Miller photo)

Although I grew up in the Maritimes surrounded by the ocean and its creatures, I’ve never gone whale watching before – until yesterday.

With friends, I boarded the Island Quest in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, one of many whale watching tours available in the community.

We left the dock and headed out toward Passamaquoddy Bay with Deer Island on one side and the United States on the other – Eastport, Maine.

We cruised past several tiny islands – one of which we were told was owned by Hollywood actor Tom Selleck – and passed numerous porpoises leaping in and out of the water.

We finally saw whales near Campobello Island – both the Fin Whale and the Minke Whale which are common in the area.

They were an amazing sight as they breached the water – something our tour guide told us was extremely rare.

On the way back, we passed cultivated salmon farms and a small island filled with seals!

A great day on Passamaquoddy Bay and the weather cooperated too – mostly cloudy and temperatures in the low 20’s C.

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.