Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 11 June 2017 (Dearing)
Although I walked along Parlee Beach earlier this spring, my first official beach day of the season was a visit to Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele yesterday.
Under a mostly sunny sky, the afternoon high soared above 30 C although the water of the Northumberland Strait was a lot cooler.
Signage indicated the water quality was good for swimming.
The only minor downside was the wind which at times gusted to more than 80 km/h creating mini sand storms on the beach.
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 17 Sept 2016 (Dearing)
I had to make at least one more trip to Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele yesterday before the official end of astronomical summer.
It turned out to be a beautiful day with just a few clouds, an afternoon high near 24 C and the water of the Northumberland Strait was still warm.
The beach was quiet with only a handful of sunbathers and many who arrived chose to go for a stroll along the water’s edge.
Much needed rain fell today but it was still warm and humid with a high near 20 C.
Sunset at Parlee Beach, NB, 05 Sept 2016 (Dearing)
The warmth of summer is expected to continue well into September in Southeast New Brunswick according to Environment Canada.
Meteorologists say the waters surrounding the Maritimes (Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Ocean, Northumberland Strait and Gulf of St.Lawrence) are about 2-3 Celsius above normal for this time of year.
Warm water generates energy which will help elevate temperatures throughout the region.
Precipitation is difficult to predict at this time of year since remnants of a post-tropical storm could easily deliver a hefty rainfall in just a few hours.
Snow getting scarce, Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 28 January 2016 (Dearing)
Without a doubt, December was much warmer than normal in Greater Moncton… but so was January and so was February.
Environment Canada has confirmed the three month period of meteorological winter is the warmest ever in the Moncton area since records were first kept in 1881.
Only 1958 comes even close to an average temperature of -3.7 C with the 30-year normal being -7.1 C and forecasters say a difference of 3.4 degrees is quite significant.
Precipitation was near normal with more rain and freezing rain than snow which was a far cry from the mounds of snow that piled up last winter.
A strong El Nino pattern and a lack of sea ice in the nearby Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence are major factors in the record mild winter.
Radar image, 23:00, 12 January 2016 (Courtesy Bing)
An intensifying low pressure system will track across the Bay of Fundy and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Southeast New Brunswick with snow starting overnight.
Snow at times heavy and blowing snow will make travel difficult on Wednesday.
Snowfall amounts of up to 25 centimetres are expected with winds gusting up to 70 km/h creating blowing snow and reduced visibility.
A storm surge warning has also been issued along the Northumberland Strait where high tides late Wednesday and strong winds will likely create higher than normal water levels.
Centennial Park, Moncton, NB, 03 Jan 2016 (Arnold/Facebook)
A fast moving low pressure system moved across New Brunswick yesterday delivering about 12 cm of snow in Greater Moncton.
In case you’re counting, this was the sixth snowfall event of the 2015-16 winter to date in Southeast New Brunswick.
More snow flurries are falling today but Environment Canada is calling for small amounts with 5 cm possible along the Northumberland Strait.
Sunny and cool with some ice remaining at Parlee Beach, 03 May 2015 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton finally enjoyed a warm and sunny spring weekend with 14 C on Saturday and 15 C on Sunday.
A cool breeze off the Northumberland Strait kept temperatures lower at Parlee Beach but even the remaining ice couldn’t keep some brave souls from venturing in for a dip.
Aboiteau Beach, NB, 08 June 2014 (Dearing)
Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele was the place to be today under a beautiful cloudless sky, light winds and a temperature in the low 20s Celsius.
It was the first day I spent on the beach in New Brunswick this year.
Even the water (Northumberland Strait) was quite warm near the shore despite how early we are in the season.
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 25 June 2012 (Dearing photo)
Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele has to be one of my favourite places in New Brunswick.
Last night, a friend and I decided to go to the beach mainly because it was a beautiful day and according to forecasters the only dry day expected this week.
I even waded into the Northumberland Strait and the water was actually quite warm for late June.
Parlee Beach, 17 April 2012 (Dearing photo)
Environment Canada says April 2012 was about 2.3 degrees warmer than average in Greater Moncton which continues a trend which began over the winter.
Overall it was a fairly typical topsy-turvy April with a record high of 25.0 C and some days which barely climbed above freezing.
Wind direction plays a big role during spring with northerly winds from the chilly Northumberland Strait keeping the temperature down while southerly winds bring the thermometer up.
Precipitation was slightly below normal overall with much of the snow falling on one day – Easter Sunday.
APRIL 2012 ALMANAC
Average HIGH 11.4 C
Average LOW -0.5 C
AVERAGE 5.5 C (about 2.3 C above the 30-year-average)
Extreme HIGH 25.0 C (on the 17th)
Extreme LOW -7.0 C (on the 1st)
Rainfall 54.8 mm (slightly below normal)
Snowfall 24.4 cm (slightly below normal)