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)
  • U.S. Northeast hit by early season snow

    Snow falling in Washington, DC, USA, 15 Nov 2018 (Instagram)

    A significant November snowstorm took meteorologists by surprise yesterday when more snow fell and for longer than originally forecast.

    A Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard dropping 16 cm of snow on New York City which created commuter chaos with train delays and dozens of drivers trapped in their vehicles on treacherous highways.

    While Washington, DC only picked up about 4 cm – the biggest November snowfall in three decades – it was to take road crews by surprise and some schools were closed.

    The precipitation also included ice pellets and freezing rain with an eventual changeover to rain.

    The storm also brought between 10 and 20 cm of snow across Southern Ontario with Toronto Pearson Airport picking up 11 cm.

    The same system is now impacting the Maritimes.

    Nor’easter follows record cold

    Snow settles in NE Moncton before a changeover to rain, 28 Oct 2018 (Dearing)

    A frosty Saturday morning proved record breaking at the Greater Moncton International Airport when the thermometer plunged to -6.6°C which breaks the previous cold low from 1998 by 0.1°C.

    Frigid temperatures were also set in Edmundston at -12.2°C, Woodstock at -11.7°C and Saint John at -8.4°C with weather records going back to 1886.

    The Arctic cold was soon replaced by a low pressure system with some tropical moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Willa.

    The early season Nor’easter brought snow, ice pellets and eventually rain to the Maritimes along with gusty winds which uprooted trees in parts of New England.

    Goodbye Spring!

    Dorchester Beach, NB, 17 June 2018 (Dearing)

    Spring had its inevitable ups and downs in Southeast New Brunswick but overall the average temperature was close to normal for March, April and May.

    March was very stormy with a parade of Nor’easters which led to the highest snow depth of the winter in Greater Moncton by the end of the month.

    April was slightly colder than normal with chilly nights until mid-month and the last measurable snow fell on the 21st.

    May had slightly above normal temperatures overall thanks to 14 days with daytime highs of 20 C or more but nights remained cold with single digit lows.

    So far this June, the mean temperature is running three degrees below average with a hard frost on the 4th which was the coldest minimum since 16 April.

    METEOROLOGICAL SPRING at the Greater Moncton International Airport

    MARCH 2018
    Average -1.7 C (1.2 degrees ABOVE normal)
    Snowfall: well above normal, Rainfall: well below normal

    APRIL 2018
    Average 3.2 C (0.3 degrees BELOW normal)
    Snowfall: below normal, Rainfall: above normal

    MAY 2018
    Average 10.3 C (0.3 degrees ABOVE normal)
    Rainfall: below normal, Snowfall: nil

    March 2018 – Stormy!

    Winter storm

    Whiteout conditions during a winter storm, west end Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)

    Although March came in like a lamb, it behaved like a lion in the days to follow with four Nor’easters over two weeks in Southeast New Brunswick.

    The first storm brought 15 cm, the second and third storms each delivered 16 cm and the fourth packed the biggest punch with 30 cm.

    By 23 March, the snow cover in Greater Moncton had reached 40 cm which was the heaviest of the winter even though it was already spring.

    Temperatures during the first half were mild averaging near the freezing point with brief cold snaps around the middle and near the end of the month.

    MARCH 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

    Average HIGH  1.3 C

    Average LOW  -4.7 C

    AVERAGE  -1.7 C (about 1.2 degrees ABOVE normal)

    Extreme HIGH  9.1 C (29 Mar)

    Extreme LOW  -15.4 C (26 Mar)

    RAINFALL  11.0 mm (almost 80 percent BELOW normal)

    SNOWFALL  102.3 cm (about 40 percent ABOVE normal)

    (Data courtesy Environment Canada)

    Nor’easter number four!


    Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)

    It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.

    Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.

    A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.

    Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.

    Here are some other snowfall totals:

    • Kentville, NS  24 cm
    • Alma, NB  20 cm
    • Yarmouth, NS  18 cm
    • Sussex, NB  17 cm
    • Charlottetown, PEI  12 cm
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS  11 cm
    • Bathurst, NB  8 cm
    • Saint John, NB  6 cm

    Another Nor’easter nails U.S. Northeast


    A snowbound U.S. Capitol building, Washington DC, 21 March 2018 (Twitter)

    The fourth snowstorm this March struck the American Northeast during the first full day of spring with its biggest fury in a stretch from Washington, DC to New York City.

    About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow fell in the American capital which was the heaviest this winter and the latest March storm since 1964.

    New York City’s Central Park recorded almost 20 cm which pushed the seasonal total above 75 cm for the fifth straight winter.

    The Nor’easter didn’t pack much of a punch for Boston – less than 5 cm – but it is heading toward the Maritimes.

    Spring arrives in New Brunswick!

    Spring equinox

    Courtesy Accuweather.com

    Another long and dark winter is finally over – at least astronomically speaking anyway!

    The vernal equinox officially arrived at 1:15pm ADT in New Brunswick marking spring as the length of day equals the length of night.

    But forecasters say winter weather is not over yet with the fourth Nor’easter in two weeks expected to hit the Maritimes on Thursday.

    Environment Canada says spring-like weather may not arrive until month’s end or early April.

    So much for Shubenacadie Sam’s prediction of an early spring!

    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

    1-2-3 Winter Punch Coming


    An early sign of spring in downtown Moncton, 03 March 2018 (Dearing)

    After days of cloudy skies and mostly dry conditions, it seems Old Man Winter is returning.

    While no weather warnings are currently in place for Southeast New Brunswick, snowfall advisories have been issued for areas to the north and west.

    Environment Canada says a low pressure system approaching from the U.S. Northeast could bring 10-15 cm of snow Thursday with a changeover to rain by evening as temperatures climb above freezing.

    But another storm system will move into the region late Friday and into Saturday with rain changing over to snow.

    And early next week could bring yet another storm system.