Meteorological spring in Southeast New Brunswick turned out to be colder and much wetter than normal compared to the 30-year average.
While March and April both had above normal temperatures, May was colder by a significant 2.4 degrees which brought down the overall seasonal average.
Rainfall was heavy in April and May and while snowfall was below normal for the three month period, the final snow flurries were spotted as late as 21 May.
Glorious sunset in NE Moncton, 22 Apr 2019 (Dearing)
Spring can be the most disappointing season of the year in New Brunswick and April 2019 was no exception with cloudy, cool and often wet conditions.
Surprisingly, Greater Moncton was close to normal in temperature but double the average amount of rain fell along with slightly more snow than usual.
Melting snow and heavy precipitation led to more disastrous flooding along the St. John River – almost as bad as last year’s historic water levels.
Only one day was fully below freezing and while nights weren’t that cold, daytime highs often struggled to reach the double digits.
APRIL 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 8.1°C
Average LOW -1.0°C
AVERAGE 3.6°C (near normal)
Extreme HIGH 18.9°C (21 Apr)
Extreme LOW -6.0°C (08 Apr)
RAINFALL 122.5 mm (about 100 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 32.8 cm (slightly ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
While the last three months of 2018 were colder than normal in Greater Moncton, the annual average temperature was still 0.4 degrees above the 30-year average.
Summer proved to be extremely warm with more highs above 20°C overall and more than three times as many days above 30°C.
As for cold weather, the number of days falling below -10°C was near normal but there were far fewer lows dropping to -20°C or lower.
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 19 June 2016 (Dearing)
Spring turned out to be a rollercoaster ride in Southeast New Brunswick throughout the three month period with seemingly more clouds and rain than sun.
The trend continued almost until the first day of summer in Greater Moncton with consistent sun and warmth not until around the middle of the month.
June was actually about normal in temperature with slightly below normal precipitation – more than one third of the rainfall total fell in the last two days of the month.
JUNE 2016 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 21.1 C
Average LOW 9.4 C
AVERAGE 15.2 C (NORMAL)
Extreme HIGH 29.8 C (27 June)
Extreme LOW 0.7 C (01 June)
RAINFALL 82.6 mm (more than 10 percent BELOW Normal)
(Data courtesy ENVIRONMENT CANADA)
Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)
As of yesterday, 03 April, Environment Canada recorded about 80 cm of snow on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.
Without a doubt that is a lot of snow for early April and early spring but incredibly not a record.
It was also very snowy during the same period in 1967 – 47 years ago! – when 84 cm of snow was lying on the ground.
However, the melting has already begun and the forecast is calling for near normal or slightly above normal temperatures for the next week.
The above picture shows the mountain of snow piled outside my home in NE Moncton and every week I will post an updated shot until it has all melted away.
We were definitely spoiled last week in Southeast New Brunswick.
Not only did it feel like spring, it felt like summer with temperatures hitting all-time March records in the high 20’s Celsius – the likes of which we will probably never see again in our lifetimes.
That’s why when temperatures barely climbed above freezing this week – keep in mind the NORMAL high for late March in Greater Moncton is a mere 6 C – we shiver in our shoes.
Looking ahead to this weekend, the region can expect NORMAL temperatures but the long range outlook for Easter weekend calls for chilly, less than spring-like conditions according to Accuweather.com.