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.
Chris near Newfoundland, 19:30 ADT (courtesy Earth Nullhouse Net)
Chris is now a post-tropical storm with sustained winds of 110 km/h and is expected to make landfall in eastern Newfoundland near Cape St. Mary’s tonight.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says strong winds combined with low pressure will create large waves and pounding surf giving the risk of coastal flooding along the southern Burin and Avalon Peninsulas.
Besides a wind warning, a rainfall warning has been issued with possible amounts of 50 mm or more and 20 mm an hour in the heaviest showers.
The remnants of Chris will drift away into the North Atlantic by early Friday morning.
Snow falls in Gander, NL (GNL Highway Cameras)
When it snows in June it might as well be January which gives us a new month called Juneuary!
It may now be summer but an icy rain changed to snow in central Newfoundland and the Cape Breton Highlands today.
Gander set a new record with 2 cm of snow and Environment Canada said it has never snowed on 26 June before.
Thanks to a chilly rain, Greater Moncton reached a daytime high of only 11.0 C yesterday which was colder than the average overnight low of 12 C.
Average temperatures in Southeast New Brunswick have been running about three degrees below normal this month.
Frost covers a maple leaf (Twitter)
New Brunswick and most of Nova Scotia are under a frost advisory for tonight and tomorrow night.
Cold air, light winds and few clouds will allow temperatures to fall near the freezing point and patchy frost is expected.
The average last frost date in spring for Greater Moncton is 23 May.
Farmers are already suffering from tremendous losses in the region with crops such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries and apples being hit by a recent hard frost with a low of -4 C in some areas.
June has gotten off to cold start with snow flurries reported in Charlottetown this week and accumulating snow in the highlands of Cape Breton and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Highway camera image courtesy NL Government
While not uncommon, the end of May is still late – and record breaking – for a significant snowfall of 36 cm in Gander.
A low pressure system brought strong winds and rain which turned to snow over northeast Newfoundland when the temperature fell to the freezing point.
Burgeo recorded a peak wind gust of 95 km/h as did Bonavista which also picked up 40 mm of rain.
Snowfall totals as of 3:30pm NDT:
- Gander 36 cm
- Lewisporte 26 cm
- Badger 16 cm
- Twillingate 11 cm
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.
Heavy snow in Corner Brook, NL, 09 April 2018 (Smallwood/Twitter)
After delivering a punch to eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, a low pressure system rapidly intensified over Newfoundland with strong winds and heavy snow creating blizzard conditions.
Snowfall was heaviest in western Newfoundland while the eastern island received freezing rain, ice pellets and rain.
Snowfall totals as of 9am NDT, 10 April:
- St. Anthony 42 cm
- Corner Brook 37 cm
- Deer Lake 27 cm
- Gander 18 cm
- Cape Race 32 mm
- St. John’s 24 mm
Peak wind gusts:
- Bonavista 126 km/h
- St. Anthony 120 km/h
- Gander 119 km/h
- St. John’s 115 km/h
Trans Canada Highway in Gander, NL, 28 Feb 2018 (NL Transportation & Works)
A late winter storm missed the Maritimes and took aim at Newfoundland instead delivering heavy snow to much of the island on Tuesday.
Schools were closed and many businesses and government offices shut down.
Drivers were urged to avoid the Trans Canada Highway in western Newfoundland as road conditions worsened.
Snow totals as of 11:30 am NT, 28 February:
- Gander 31 cm
- Deer Lake 26 cm
- St. John’s 24 cm
- Stephenville 19 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)