Glorious sunset in NE Moncton, 22 Apr 2019 (Dearing)
Spring can be the most disappointing season of the year in New Brunswick and April 2019 was no exception with cloudy, cool and often wet conditions.
Surprisingly, Greater Moncton was close to normal in temperature but double the average amount of rain fell along with slightly more snow than usual.
Melting snow and heavy precipitation led to more disastrous flooding along the St. John River – almost as bad as last year’s historic water levels.
Only one day was fully below freezing and while nights weren’t that cold, daytime highs often struggled to reach the double digits.
APRIL 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 8.1°C
Average LOW -1.0°C
AVERAGE 3.6°C (near normal)
Extreme HIGH 18.9°C (21 Apr)
Extreme LOW -6.0°C (08 Apr)
RAINFALL 122.5 mm (about 100 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 32.8 cm (slightly ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Snow in west end Moncton, 09 April 2019 (Dearing)
Real winter weather in New Brunswick started early – back in mid-November – and the relentless season hangs on.
Greater Moncton recorded 7 cm of snow overnight with more than 10 cm in southwestern New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia.
The strong April sun had melted most it by the end of the day.
But another weak system tonight could bring another 4 cm.
Warmer weather is on the way with Environment Canada forecasting highs in the double digits by the weekend.
Tree is budding at Fairview Knoll Park, NE Moncton, 28 April 2018 (Dearing)
Spring was mostly absent during the first two-thirds of April in Greater Moncton with daytime highs often barely above freezing and overnight lows which were much colder than normal.
Suddenly spring arrived during the last third of the month when temperatures jumped to 20 C and higher by day and above freezing by night.
While more rain fell during April compared to average, snowfall was scant which led to below normal precipitation overall.
The seasonal snow cover finally melted by mid-month but it had disappeared twice (late January and early March) since mid-December.
APRIL 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 8.1 C
Average LOW -1.8 C
AVERAGE 3.2 C (about 0.3 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 21.2 C (24 April)
Extreme LOW -9.6 C (16 April)
RAINFALL 73.4 mm (slightly ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 8.4 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Flooding along the St. John River in Fredericton, 28 April 2018 (Coleman/Twitter/Weather Network)
Recent heavy rains and melting snow have caused flooding along the St. John River Valley especially in Fredericton.
Streets and parking lots in the downtown core have been left underwater.
Emergency Management Organization officials say the river was 1.7 metres above flood stage in Fredericton by late Saturday – a level not seen since the major flood of 2008.
Communities further downstream have also been flooded including Maugerville and Jemseg with some roads impassable due to high water levels.
Top photo is from 09 April, Bottom photo is from 19 April, NE Moncton (Dearing)
The snow has finally vanished from the front lawn of my home in northeast Moncton!
The top photo shows a lot of snow on 09 April while the last of it melted by 19 April in the bottom photo.
Despite below normal temperatures which struggled to reach 10 C, the snow disappeared in just 10 days.
Despite chilly weather, snowbanks are melting in NE Moncton, 16 April 2018 (Dearing)
Mid-April is here already but temperatures certainly haven’t been improving very much lately in New Brunswick.
Overnight lows continue to be abnormally cold with records set on Sunday, 15 April.
Greater Moncton fell to -9.1 C which breaks a record low of -8.6 C from 1981.
New records were also set in Bouctouche at -8.6 C and Miscou Island at -9.3 C.
Days of rain, melting snow and ice jams have created swollen rivers and streams in Southwestern Ontario causing historic flooding.
A young boy was swept from his mother’s arms in a stranded vehicle along the Grand River near Orangeville and efforts to find him are still underway.
Streets, homes and businesses in low-lying areas of Chatham-Kent were flooded after officials say the Thames River peaked at 5.25 metres above normal Saturday.
Emergency responders had to rescue some residents by boat who were taken to a local convention centre for shelter.
Melting snow on cars and steps in NE Moncton, 23 Nov 2016 (Dearing)
Looking out the window in Greater Moncton last night, it began to look very wintry with falling snow and brisk winds to blow it around.
Although about 2 cm accumulated overnight, the snow only stuck to grassy areas and colder surfaces not roadways.
By mid-morning, the snow had almost completely melted expect for some spots on vehicles and the grass seemed to turn a little greener.
Huge snow mountain nearly gone after two weeks (Dearing)
Environment Canada says as of today, 18 April, 0 cm of snow is lying on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.
Since snow began falling and covering the ground in mid-December, that means Southeast New Brunswick has had a consistent snow cover for about four months!
A lot of melting has taken place in the last couple weeks, as you can see by the picture above, with 80 cm of lying snow at the beginning of this month alone.
RV dealership under floodwaters near Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)
Gateway Mall in Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)
A combination of heavy rain and melting snow forced many rivers and creeks to spill their banks across Southern New Brunswick today and the run-off often couldn’t be absorbed by the still partially frozen ground.
Many streets in Greater Moncton, especially in low lying or marshy areas, were forced to close or partially close due to floodwaters.
The Sussex area was especially hard hit after an ice jam in the nearby Kennebecasis River and the fast flowing Trout Creek forced water into the downtown area and nearby subdivisions in Sussex Corner.
Some residents had to be rescued by boat today after water surrounded their homes.
The flooding comes amid a dramatic temperature drop caused by a strong cold front which brought down the temperature in Greater Moncton from 15 C at 5-am to only 1 C by 1-pm.