Jones Lake, west end Moncton, 18 May 2017 (Dearing)
Summer-like air enveloped the Maritime Provinces with new record high temperatures set in all three provinces yesterday.
Environment Canada says more than a dozen communities in New Brunswick hit new maximums for the date including St. Stephen at 34.0 C (hot spot in Canada), Fredericton at 33.0 C and both Woodstock and Edmundston at 32.0 C.
While the thermometer reached a record-breaking 30.5 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport, the overall 18 May record for Moncton is 31.7 C from 1918.
In Nova Scotia, new records were set in Greenwood and Kejimkujik Park at 32.0 C while Summerside, Prince Edward Island warmed up to 26.3 C.
Flooding along the St. John River, Fredericton, NB, 07 May 2017 (Instagram)
Much of New Brunswick was spared the worst of a low pressure system which delivered heavy rain and created flooding over the weekend especially along the St. John River.
Environment Canada says the extreme southern half of the province had the most rain with more than 100 mm in some areas and unofficially almost 180 mm (about two months worth) fell in Mechanic Settlement, near Fundy National Park.
Moncton got off relatively easy with 40 mm of rain while Saint John had 70 mm and Fredericton reported 80 mm.
The Emergency Measures Organization says water levels should remain high but steady for the rest of this week with more rain on the way.
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.
Snow begins falling in NE Moncton, 14 March 2017 (Dearing)
An intense Nor’easter moved into New Brunswick last night from the U.S.Eastern Seaboard with heavy, wet snow and high winds creating blowing snow and poor visibility.
Snow switched over to rain over southern and central New Brunswick with a
brief period of freezing rain and ice pellets.
Forecasters had originally said up to 45 cm of snow could fall in parts of the province.
Summary of snowfall in centimetres:
Saint John 15
Summary of maximum winds in kilometres per hour:
Grand Manan 102
Saint John 102
CFB Gagetown 72
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Spillway at Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 26 Feb 2017 (Dearing)
Three major winter storms including a blizzard were part of a very active weather pattern in Greater Moncton during February.
While snowfall was below normal in January, it made up for it in February with more than double the average amount recorded.
Temperatures were above normal but oddly enough it was still warmer in January which is typically the coldest month.
The final week felt like spring with mild temperatures climbing above 10 C which was enough to melt most of the snow which had fallen during the previous three weeks.
FEBRUARY 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -1.2 C
Average LOW -10.9 C
AVERAGE -6.2 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 11.5 C (24 February)
Extreme LOW -22.6 C (12 February)
RAINFALL 19.7 mm (slightly BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 124.1 cm (about 100 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
What a difference in one week in downtown Fredericton, 23 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
The weather has been relatively calm lately in New Brunswick and the Maritimes which has been a welcome relief after a string of winter storms earlier this month.
Mild air has pushed into the region which set several record highs yesterday both here and in Southern Ontario.
The Greater Moncton International Airport reached 10 C and it was the warmest temperature since 18 December – just shy of the record of 13.2 from 1981.
But some weather stations in the Moncton area climbed as high as 13 C.
New record highs for 23 February:
Kouchibouguac Nat’l Park 12.4 C
Woodstock, NB 11.9 C
Bathurst 10.5 C
Windsor, ON 19.3 C
London, ON 18.3 C
Toronto Pearson Airport 17.7 C
A view of downtown from Moncton City Hall, 15 Feb 2017 (Facebook/CityofMoncton)
All is calm today but a parade of storms have been pounding Metro Moncton this month.
Environment Canada says 120 cm of snow has fallen at the airport so far this month with another ten days still to go.
Based on a thirty-year average, February snowfall in Moncton is typically about 65 cm.
But there is some good news on the horizon.
Meteorologist Claude Cote says we can expect much calmer weather over the next few days.
“This was the last of a series of four systems which have gone through the Moncton area in the past two weeks,” he notes.
Cote adds temperatures are expected to be fairly mild in the coming days with many daytime highs above the freezing mark.
The snowbanks keep getting higher in NW Moncton, 16 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
An intense low pressure system tracked across the Maritimes today bringing heavy snow along with strong northerly winds creating blowing and drifting snow.
Environment Canada says this was the fourth storm system to impact Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick over the last two weeks.
Visibility was often very poor and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization restricted travel to snow plows and emergency vehicles on many major highways today.
Greater Moncton: 35 cm
Saint John: 25 cm
Fredericton: 20 cm
Charlottetown: 15 cm
Greenwood, NS: 40 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm
Snow plow clearing streets in Moncton, 10 Feb 2017 (Twitter/CityofMoncton)
The latest Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard with lots of energy as it headed for the Maritimes.
The winter storm brought heavy snow and strong northeast winds to the region.
Snowfall totals as of midday:
St. Stephen: 38 cm
Greater Moncton: 24 cm
Charlottetown: 24 cm
Fredericton: 23 cm
Saint John: 19 cm
Kentville: 19 cm
Yarmouth: 17 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm
Clockwise from top left: Jan 2016 Moncton, May 2016 Moncton, Aug 2016 Kouchibouguac N.P., Oct 2016 Moncton
The average annual temperature for 2016 in Greater Moncton was 6.4 C which was one degree above the 1981-2010 period according to data from Environment Canada.
Precipitation was below normal with 995 mm recorded (1200 mm is average over the same thirty years) broken down as 689 mm of rain and 297 cm of snow.
The highest temperature of the year was 30.5 C on 28 July while the lowest was -22.1 C recorded on 17 December.
The growing season stretched from mid-May to early October which gave Moncton about 142 frost-free days, slightly higher than the average of 127.