Snow in Hanwell, NB, 09 May 2020 (Twitter/@marlowcam8)
It’s the middle of May and spring has barely appeared in New Brunswick so far and now an intense low pressure system has brought a wintry blast.
Greater Moncton had strong winds along with a cold rain which later turned to snow and a couple centimetres accumulated on colder surfaces like vehicles.
But the central, western and northern parts of the province got blasted with more than 30 cm of heavy, wet snow in some areas.
Meteorologists say cold air from the polar vortex continues to loom over eastern North America with new record lows set in Ontario this weekend and New York City recorded its latest trace of snow since 1977.
Greater Moncton climbed to a daytime high of 13.4°C on 14 April which was the warmest in four months – since 15 December.
During the last few years, the thermometer has typically been surging into the teens Celsius by mid-April.
Environment Canada data shows the next heat milestone in Southeast New Brunswick, 20°C, is typically reached between now and early May although that kind of warmth is not in the current long range forecast.
In 2019, the milestone was reached on 05 May when it hit 19.7°C.
After taking a look at the past seven growing seasons in Greater Moncton including 2019, the last freezing temperature in Greater Moncton in the spring has been recorded from a month-long period from early May to early June.
Meantime in the fall, the first freezing temperature has been recorded from a month-long period from mid-September to mid-October.
The total number of days above freezing during the growing season has ranged from as little as 111 days to as many as 155 days – a difference of more than one month.