May is here which means it won’t be long before Jack Frost visits Atlantic Canada for the last time this spring.
Mid to late May is typically when the last frost arrives in Greater Moncton, early in the month for Halifax and late April for Yarmouth.
Early to mid June dates are normal for most of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Last year in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, frost appeared as late as early June which proved disastrous for grape, blueberry and strawberry farmers.
Cat enters snowbound backyard in NW Moncton, 04 March 2019 (T. Clow)
A low pressure system approached the Maritimes from the northeastern United States late Sunday night.
Snow began in New Brunswick early Monday and intensified throughout the day before tapering off to freezing drizzle by evening.
About 24 cm fell in Greater Moncton which was the second heaviest snowfall of the season after the storm on 13 February.
The system also brought snow to western and central Newfoundland later on Monday with freezing rain to the Avalon Peninsula.
Snowfall amounts (cm) as of 1AM Tuesday from Environment Canada:
- Sydney: 26
- Saint John Airport: 26
- Greater Moncton Airport: 24
- Deer Lake: 23
- Fredericton: 21
- Miramichi: 21
- Charlottetown: 19
- Greenwood: 19
- Halifax Stanfield Airport: 17
- Bathurst: 14
- Gander: 14
- Yarmouth: 12
It should come as no surprise that Greater Moncton is on top of the snowfall totals list in the southern Maritimes although locations in northern New Brunswick have received even heavier amounts.
Cross country skiing near US Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 13 Jan 2018 (Twitter/Nathanaj80)
A major winter storm brought heavy snow and mixed precipitation from the American Midwest to the mid-Atlantic states over the weekend.
The snow began falling in Kansas and Missouri with some areas getting almost 50 cm.
The storm knocked out power, disrupted air travel and created slippery highways with numerous collisions including an Illinois crash which killed a police officer.
Freezing rain led to a build-up of ice on surfaces in North Carolina and Virginia.
Between 15 and 30 cm of snow fell over the Washington, DC area – its heaviest snowfall in three years – which closed schools and federal government offices on Monday.
Forecasters say melting during the day would create hazardous black ice after sunset as temperatures fell back below freezing.
The storm system has moved out into the Atlantic but will brush Cape Breton Island and eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday.
Heavy snow falling in NE Moncton, 05 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
A low pressure system moved across the Maritimes heading to Newfoundland bringing snow to the west and rain to the east.
Greater Moncton received about 14 cm of snow by the time it stopped late this morning.
The temperature will plummet tonight with cold northwesterly winds.
Forecasters are watching the next weather system now making its way across the country with more snow expected on Wednesday.
Reservoir at Irishtown Nature Park, 16 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
More than 24 hours after it started, snow finally stopped falling in Southeast New Brunswick and a slow moving low pressure system headed to western Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton picked up between 20 and 25 cm and schools in the region were closed for two days.
Higher amounts of snow fell in western New Brunswick, western Prince Edward Island and the Cape Breton Highlands.
Environment Canada says the next major weather should arrive Friday with warm, moist air boosting temperatures and bringing significant rainfall.
A weak low pressure system moved across Nova Scotia just in time to bring heavy snow during the Friday night commute in the Halifax region.
About 4 cm of snow fell in the city with 8-15 cm in other parts of the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Annapolis Valley.
The snow was heavier across northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island with more than 20 cm recorded in some areas.
Southeast New Brunswick was barely affected by this system with only a trace of snow in Greater Moncton.
Meantime, another system which missed the Maritimes hit the Avalon Peninsula where St. John’s was digging out yesterday from 25-30 cm snow.
A fast-moving cold front passed through the Maritimes today on its way to Newfoundland.
Powerful winds developed as a result which knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of customers across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
The Greater Moncton International Airport recorded a gust of almost 90 km/h late this morning with Cape Breton Island reporting winds of more than 100 km/h.
Many locations across Newfoundland had hurricane-force gusts including Bonavista at 126 km/h, Wreckhouse at 107 km/h and St. John’s at 104 km/h.
The cold front also affected Southern Quebec yesterday with gusts of more than 80 km/h in Montreal and Quebec City.
July was a warm month not only in Greater Moncton and New Brunswick but also throughout most of Canada – except for the Far North.
Montreal shattered its monthly record with a mean temperature of 24.1 C – three degrees above normal – and sadly dozens died from not having air conditioning.
Halifax and Toronto were both almost two degrees above normal while Vancouver and Calgary were each more than one degree higher than average.
Even normally cool St. John’s, Newfoundland was 1.6 degrees warmer in July with 15 days reaching daytime highs of 25 C or more.
Only in the Arctic were temperatures lower with Iqaluit, Nunavut nearly one degree below average and Resolute was off by 2.5 degrees – its coldest July since 1964.
Post-tropical storm Chris quickly moved across eastern Newfoundland late Thursday and early Friday with powerful winds, heavy rainfall and rough surf along the coast.
Gander recorded almost 80 mm of rain (almost a month’s worth), the southern Avalon Peninsula had high water swells of 6 to 8 metres above normal while Bonavista and Cape Pine recorded wind gusts above 100 km/h.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued its final bulletin for Chris early Friday as the storm sped off into the North Atlantic.