Budding trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)
Spring seldom arrives on time in New Brunswick and this year is no exception even though April was actually warmer than normal in Greater Moncton.
The month can be broken into four segments – cold in the beginning, then warm, turning cold again and finally warm again near the end.
A consistent snow cover began on 27 November and disappeared briefly in late January before finally melting for the season by 10 April.
Precipitation overall was below average with much less snow than normal.
APRIL 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 10.5 C
Average LOW -0.8 C
AVERAGE 4.9 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 21.8 C (27 April)
Extreme LOW -7.7 C (01, 19 April)
RAINFALL 42.5 mm (about 30 percent BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 6.8 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Ice melting in Irishtown Reservoir, Moncton, 18 Mar 2017 (Dearing)
After a stormy, rollercoaster winter in Southeast New Brunswick, spring will be especially welcomed today at 7:28am ADT.
The vernal or spring equinox is when the sun’s direct rays move north of the equator from the southern to the northern hemisphere.
At this time, the length of day and night are about equal and days will continue to lengthen until the summer solstice in June.
But winter is not over yet as Environment Canada says a low pressure system will bring snow to Nova Scotia and the possibility of freezing rain for Greater Moncton.
A wintry scene in Halifax, 10 April 2016 (TWN/Twitter)
A low pressure system passed south of Nova Scotia overnight delivering another round of winter but New Brunswick largely missed the latest snow event.
Parts of northern Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and the Halifax region received up to 15 cm of heavy, wet snow which knocked out power in some areas.
Greater Moncton only reported a few snow flurries early this morning but otherwise it was a cold and sunny day.
The snow is already melting in Nova Scotia given the long hours of daylight as we approach mid-April.
A robin in Moncton, 15 April 2015 (TWN)
The snow cover is rapidly melting in Greater Moncton this week thanks to sunshine and above normal temperatures.
Birds are now finding it much easier to find food with more grass and insects reappearing for the season.
New Brunswick River Watch officials are concerned about flooding as waterways rise from melting snow.
NE Moncton, 27 April 2014 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton finally lost its official season snow cover on 18 April but some snow piles have lingered including a snow mountain in front of my home.
Yesterday, 26 April, the huge pile officially melted away under a beautiful sunny sky and a near seasonal 10 C.
Today, a bone-chilling rain has at least managed to bring back some green grass and even a few dandelions!
Week-over-week snow mountain comparison (Dearing)
The snow is melting in Moncton thanks to a string of days with slightly above normal daytime highs and chilly overnight lows.
As of 09 April, 38 cm of lying snow was recorded at the Greater Moncton Airport which is down considerably from 80 cm at the beginning of the month and below the record of 46 cm from 1963.
The most snow lying on the ground this season was 88 cm recorded on 31 December.
As you can see above, the mountain of snow in my NE Moncton neighbourhood has been melting quickly over the past week.
Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)
As of yesterday, 03 April, Environment Canada recorded about 80 cm of snow on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.
Without a doubt that is a lot of snow for early April and early spring but incredibly not a record.
It was also very snowy during the same period in 1967 – 47 years ago! – when 84 cm of snow was lying on the ground.
However, the melting has already begun and the forecast is calling for near normal or slightly above normal temperatures for the next week.
The above picture shows the mountain of snow piled outside my home in NE Moncton and every week I will post an updated shot until it has all melted away.
Melting in Moncton, 08 March 2012 (Dearing photo)
Spring is in the air in Greater Moncton!
The temperature reached a high of 7°C today with sunshine and forecasters say we could hit double digits by mid-week for the first time since January.
The warmth has been melting the snow at a rapid pace over the last couple of days – you can even hear it!
We still have about 45 cm of snow on the ground.
Clouds over Winnipeg, MB, 07 Oct 2011 (TWN)
As the East shivers from a cold snap, the West is melting under temperatures which have soared into the 30’s Celsius.
On Wednesday, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba hit 33°C, making it the hottest October temperature since records began in 1887.
Winnipeg soared to 31.1°C, smashing its October record as well.
On Thursday, records were smashed in parts of northern Manitoba – Gillam hit a balmy 26.6°C.
Temperatures are returning to more seasonal values in Manitoba this weekend.