Back-to-back systems batter N.B.

Freshly fallen snow in west end Moncton, 29 Nov 2018 (Dearing)

Southeast New Brunswick has been under a gloomy, grey sky all week thanks to a couple of low pressure systems.

The first one brought rain, drizzle and fog while the second brought heavy, wet snow to make this November one of the snowiest in recent memory.

Eastern New Brunswick got the brunt of the snow with Miramichi picking up a whopping 43 cm of snow while Greater Moncton had a hefty 28 cm.

Most of the snow in Nova Scotia fell over northern and eastern areas with heavy rain falling elsewhere.

Strong winds up to 89 km/h caused a storm surge along the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast.

Gusts of more than 100 km/h were reported on Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island.


Bitter cold ahead of more snow

Temperatures sunk early Monday across the Maritimes with some New Brunswick locations shattering records by almost five degrees dating back to the 1880’s.

The bitter cold precedes another storm system which could bring up to 25 cm of snow to southern New Brunswick, most of Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia.

While it plunged to -14.7°C in Greater Moncton, the 1936 record still stands at -16.7°C.

Here are some of the new record lows set in the region on 19 November:

  • Bathurst, NB -22.5°C
  • Woodstock, NB -21.4°C
  • Miramichi, NB -20.2°C
  • Kouchibouguac, NB -20.0°C
  • Summerside, PE -15.7°C
  • Charlottetown, PE -15.2°C

Early blast of winter

Main Street East webcam, 17 Nov 2018 (City of Moncton)

Southeast New Brunswick received about 20 cm of snow from a Nor’easter giving the region its first taste of winter.

Rain or ice pellets did not mix in as forecast for Greater Moncton but the snow was wet and heavy.

Higher amounts of snow fell further north and lesser amounts along the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia where more rain fell.

Snowfall totals (in cm):

  • Kouchibouguac 28
  • Bouctouche 22
  • Greater Moncton 20
  • Miramichi 14
  • Fredericton 13
  • Charlottetown 9
  • Saint John 8
  • (Data courtesy Environment Canada)
  • Say it isn’t snow!

    Snow settles on grass, vehicles and rooftops in NE Moncton, 25 Oct 2018 (Dearing)

    Even by New Brunswick standards, snow in October is not very common.

    But a low pressure system dropped more than 15 cm of heavy, wet snow over western and northern parts of the province creating commuter chaos in Fredericton yesterday.

    After getting drenched with 38 mm of rain, Greater Moncton received a light coating of snow this morning which stuck to rooftops, vehicles and grassy areas but it melted by midday.

    Here are some snowfall totals (in cm) from volunteer observations:

    • Charlo/Belledune area. 23 cm
    • Woodstock. 16 cm
    • Fredericton. 15 cm
    • Miramichi. 13 cm
    • Grand Falls. 10 cm
    • Moncton. 3.4 cm

    Heat wave ends


    Thundershower as cold front sweeps Greater Moncton, 06 July 2018 (91.9 The Bend)

    The passing of a cold front led to showers and thundershowers in Southeast New Brunswick today marking the end of hot, humid weather.

    Environment Canada has noted Greater Moncton endured an official heat wave by definition with three straight days of at least 32°C.

    The trio of record highs this week:

    JULY 3rd : 31.6 C (new), 31.0 C (old record 1984)

    JULY 4th : 33.4 C (new), 31.6 C (old record 2013)

    JULY 5th : 34.2 C (new), 32.7 C (old record 2013)

    The hotspot in New Brunswick on 05 July was a scorching 36.0 C at Miramichi and not far behind was 35.5 C at Kouchibouguac National Park.

    As the heat subsides in Eastern Canada, hot weather is building in Western Canada with an impressive record high today of 39.3 C at Val Marie, Saskatchewan.

    Drastic cooldown

    Temperature dropped below 10 C by early afternoon, 02 June 2018 (Dearing)

    Unbelievable!  Conditions went from hot to cold in just a matter of hours after a cold front swept through New Brunswick today.

    In Greater Moncton, the high of 18°C was set early this morning before the front changed the wind direction from south to north and the temperature dropped six degrees in an hour to 11°C by 9am.

    This is in stark contrast to yesterday when the thermometer climbed to 29.7°C which was the warmest high so far this year.

    New maximum records were set for 01 June in Bouctouche at 32.6°C, Miramichi at 32.7°C and 33.2°C at Kouchibouguac National Park.

    Snow in late May!!!

    While a snowflake or two is common in early May in New Brunswick, accumulating snow is rare in the latter part of the month.

    A cold front pushed through the province today and with a change in wind direction from south to north, precipitation changed from rain to snow and the thermometer plummeted.

    Bathurst and Miramichi both reported snow today and in some areas it began to stick to the ground while thunderstorms rolled through further south.

    In Greater Moncton, the temperature drop was dramatic with a high of 16 C at 11am and by 4pm it was only 5 C.

    Meantime, parts of central Newfoundland are under a snowfall warning with 15 to 30 cm in the forecast.

    Strike number 3!


    Wet, heavy snow in NE Moncton, 14 March 2018 (Dearing)

    The third Nor’easter in a week to strike Southeast New Brunswick packed less punch than the other two despite predictions it would be the strongest.

    Temperatures remained near freezing in Greater Moncton during the snowfall which made it extremely heavy and wet and strong winds gusted to 85 km/h.

    The western and northeastern parts of the province were hardest hit from this storm.

    Snowfall totals as of 9pm ADT, 14 March:

    • Miramichi  46 cm
    • Bathurst  40 cm
    • Fredericton  38 cm
    • Saint John  27 cm
    • Greater Moncton  16 cm
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport  12 cm
    • Charlottetown  5 cm

    Peak wind gusts:

    • Grand Etang  146 km/h
    • Lunenburg  104 km/h
    • Sydney  85 km/h
    • Halifax Stanfield  83 km/h

    Winter storm 2 of 3


    Traffic on a snowy West Main Street, Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)

    The second of three winter storms in less than a week has delivered another dumping of snow but this time it was more evenly distributed throughout the Maritimes.

    The snow was heavy and wet especially in Southeast New Brunswick.

    Snow totals courtesy of Environment Canada as of 8:30am Saturday, 10 March:

    • Caraquet, 29 cm
    • Shediac, 27 cm
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport, 23 cm
    • Bathurst, 20 cm
    • Miramichi, 17 cm
    • Saint John, 17 cm
    • Truro, 17 cm
    • Greater Moncton, 16 cm
    • Summerside, 16 cm
    • Greenwood, 15 cm
    • Charlottetown, 12 cm
    • Halifax Downtown, 9 cm
    • CFB Gagetown, 7 cm

    Strong winds were also a factor with peak gusts in km/h:

    • Grand Etang, Cape Breton, 154
    • East Point, PEI, 82
    • Caraquet, 78

    Snow barely brushes Greater Moncton

    A low pressure system passed south of New Brunswick on Thursday and brought snow to the northern part of the province.

    The same storm also delivered snow to eastern Quebec including Quebec City and Saguenay late Wednesday.

    Greater Moncton was left relatively unscathed with about 6 cm of snow and freezing rain just in time to make the evening commute rather slippery.

    Updated summary of snowfall as of 8:00 A.M. Friday:

    • Edmundston  20 cm
    • Bathurst  19 cm
    • Miramichi  17 cm
    • Kouchibouguac  15 cm
    • Charlo  10 cm
    • Bouctouche  8 cm
    • Shediac  8 cm

    (Data courtesy Environment Canada)