Nor’easter nails U.S. Northeast

Scituate MA

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.

Maria becomes a menace

MariaThe parade of hurricanes in the Atlantic continues with Maria making landfall late tonight over the eastern Caribbean island nation of Dominica as a powerful category 5 storm packing sustained winds of 260 km/h.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center is outlying a path for Maria which is eerily similar to the recent Hurricane Irma with the U.S and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico expected to be impacted on Wednesday.

Maria will be accompanied by a dangerous storm surge and between 300-500 mm (12-20 inches) of rain to some of the islands causing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Meantime, Hurricane Jose is still churning northward as a category 1 storm with heavy surf and rip currents along the U.S East Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts.

Canadian forecasters say the remnants of Jose have already brought high humidity to the Maritimes and will give Nova Scotia persistent moisture and cloud cover as well as rough surf along the Atlantic coast.

Northeast U.S. nailed by Nor’easter


Snow falls in Times Square, New York City, USA , 14 Mar 2017 (AP Photo)

One of the biggest storms this winter hit the Northeast United States with snow and gusty winds creating blizzard conditions.

Snow shovellers and plows were busy in New York City where 20 cm fell forcing schools to close and disrupting both ground and air transportation.

Boston was blanketed with 15 cm snow and amounts up to 45 cm were recorded elsewhere in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York State.

Washington, DC only received a few centimetres but its near-peak and celebrated cherry blossoms were covered in ice.

Winter snow records shattered!


A plow makes its way through heavy snow on Route 20 near Park Corner, PEI, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)

A plow makes its way through heavy snow on Route 20 near Park Corner, PEI, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)

Snow records just keep on falling in the Maritimes just like the snowflakes themselves!

Saint John and Charlottetown have both broken their all-time snowfall records for a single winter season.

Moncton is also struggling during this very white and punishing winter but is still a fair distance from its record from 1974-75.

The American Northeast has been hard hit with heavy snow too and Boston, Massachusetts recently broke its winter record with 276 cm (108.6 inches).

And winter is not over yet!

Boston buried in snow!

Boston snowThe city of Boston, USA, is having a tough winter.

Over the past month, the Massachusetts capital has been hammered by a series of storms which have dumped almost 180 cm of snow breaking the previous 30-day record from 1978.

With so much snow, Boston officials are struggling to figure out where to put it all.

Much of the snow is being trucked to vacant lots where it is being melted by industrial machines.

Incidentally, the latest snowstorm in Boston had virtually no impact on mainland New Brunswick – Grand Manan Island had snow – thanks to an Arctic air mass which kept the system south of our region.

Blizzard snowfall totals

A car buried in snow in Massachusetts, USA (

A car buried in snow in Massachusetts, USA (

The so-called Blizzard of 2013 was significant not only for the heavy snow it dumped on an area from Ontario to the Northeastern United States to Atlantic Canada but also for the high winds which created whiteout conditions.

Some blizzard snowfall totals:


Greenwood, NS 51 cm
Sydney, NS 41 cm
Moncton, NB (Airport) 40 cm
Charlottetown, PEI 30 cm
Halifax, NS (Airport) 27 cm
St. John’s, NL 20 cm


Waterloo 40 cm
Orillia 39 cm
Toronto (Pearson Airport) 30 cm
Trenton 30 cm
Toronto (Island Airport) 25 cm
Ottawa 17 cm


Hamden, CT 102 cm
Portland, ME 81 cm
Boston, MA (Logan Airport) 63 cm
Concord, NH 61 cm
Yonkers, NY 58 cm
Providence, RI 43 cm
New York, NY (Central Park) 29 cm
Newark, NJ (Airport) 25 cm

(Totals courtesy Environment Canada and

Finally, snow in the U.S. Northeast!

Bucks County, PA, USA, 21 January 2012 (

Much of the American Northeast has seen little or no snow accumulation since a historic snowstorm in late October.

But that finally changed this weekend when a system dropped snow from the Midwest to the Northeast.

Snowfall totals ranged from 3 cm in the Baltimore area, 11 cm in New York’s Central Park to more than 30 cm in south coastal Massachusetts.

However the snow will not stick around for long with rain on the way for much of the region.

Historic snow hits US Northeast

Snowy in Belmont, MA, USA, 30 Oct 2011 (AP)

A Nor’easter event dubbed “Snowtober” has dumped an unprecedented amount of snow over major cities in the U.S. Northeast.

New York’s Central Park recorded 7.4 cm of snow – the most snow on any October day since records began in 1869.

Hartford, Connecticut was much snowier with 31 cm while other parts of the state and neighbouring Massachusetts received up to 60 cm of snow.

Washington, D.C. got 1.5 cm which was record-breaking since the city had previously never received snow on Oct. 29.

Irene is on her way

Outer Banks North Carolina, USA, 25 Aug 2011 (AP)

Hurricane Irene’s rains began reaching the U.S. East Coast on Friday ahead of a weekend of punishing weather from the Carolinas to as far north as Massachusetts, with at least 65 million people in the storm’s track.

Rain began falling along the coasts of North and South Carolina as Irene trudged toward the coast from the Bahamas.

Swells from the hurricane and 6 to 9-foot waves were showing up in North Carolina’s Outer Banks early Friday and winds were expected to begin picking up later in the day according to the U.S. Weather Service.

Meanwhile, the hurricane warning area now covers an area from North Carolina to just south of New York City.

A hurricane watch extended even farther north and included Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts.

The storm is expected to impact New Brunswick early Monday.