Desmoiselles Beach, Hopewell Rocks, 12 May 2019 (Dearing)
The Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season in Canada when opening up the cottage or camping are on the agenda.
However, many residents are still wearing heavy, winter jackets and gloves as daytime highs struggle to reach 10°C in Southeast New Brunswick.
The normal maximum in Greater Moncton is about 18°C but the long range forecast shows it won’t be that warm for another six days!
Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for all of New Brunswick and most of mainland Nova Scotia as the overnight low drops to near freezing.
On the upside, the advisory means the growing season is now officially underway but on the downside, it’s not warm enough to plant anything.
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.
Snow in west end Moncton, 09 April 2019 (Dearing)
Real winter weather in New Brunswick started early – back in mid-November – and the relentless season hangs on.
Greater Moncton recorded 7 cm of snow overnight with more than 10 cm in southwestern New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia.
The strong April sun had melted most it by the end of the day.
But another weak system tonight could bring another 4 cm.
Warmer weather is on the way with Environment Canada forecasting highs in the double digits by the weekend.
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
Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 13 Feb 2019
Lots of rain, freezing rain and ice pellets have been recorded so far this year in Southeast New Brunswick but snow has been somewhat scarce – until today.
A Colorado Low made its way across the continent this week bringing lots of snow to the American Midwest, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec before arriving in the Maritimes.
Greater Moncton received 26 cm of snow followed by ice pellets and some freezing rain/drizzle along with strong winds which created poor visibility.
Snowfall amounts were fairly consistent across most of Nova Scotia with 22 cm at Greenwood and Halifax Stanfield Airport, 21 cm in Sydney but only 11 cm in Yarmouth.
Environment Canada says cold weather will replace the snow for late week with a brief warmup and rain expected this weekend.
Aftermath of ice storm in NE Moncton, 08 Feb 2019 (Dearing)
Southern New Brunswick received several hours of freezing rain Friday morning – enough to make highways and other surfaces extremely icy.
Schools were cancelled, many businesses delayed opening until midday, pedestrians were forced to walk like penguins and even salt trucks slid off the road in Nova Scotia.
Ice coated my own steps to the point where I had to slide down them and crawl to my car which was a few metres away.
Greater Moncton only received about 10 mm of rain but the water eventually froze when a cold front followed the ice storm and temperatures plummeted by early Saturday.
Winds were also strong behind the system gusting at times up to 90 km/h.
Environment Canada is forecasting colder than normal weather but mostly clear skies over the next few days.
Snow falling in west end Moncton, 09 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
For the third time since the start of 2019, Southeast New Brunswick was hit with snow.
Another low pressure system initially brought snow with 21 cm recorded in Greater Moncton following briefly by ice pellets and then 5 mm of rain as the temperature climbed above freezing.
Higher amounts of snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick while more rain fell over mainland Nova Scotia with localized flooding in the Halifax region.
Environment Canada expects calmer but colder conditions over the next few days.
UPDATE – Storm summary for New Brunswick:
- Miramichi up to 55
- Caraquet up to 44
- Bathurst 28
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Shediac 27
- Alma 26
- Greater Moncton 21
- Fredericton 15
- Saint John 5
- Grand Manan 30
- Saint John 25
- Alma 19
- St. Stephen 13
- Fredericton 5
- Greater Moncton 5
While much of Canada is covered in white on this Christmas Day, many of the major cities are without a snow cover.
Only the Prairie cities of Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton were guaranteed a White Christmas.
Recent heavy rain and warm temperatures have erased the snow pack across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and southern New Brunswick.
Traditionally Greater Moncton has a 65 percent chance of having a White Christmas.
Today, the airport recorded 3 cm of snow lying on the ground but much of the city and surrounding area have no snow cover at all.
St. George Gorge, Magaguadavic River, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Warm, moist air with southerly winds pushed temperatures into record high territory across the Maritimes on Saturday.
Greater Moncton reached a high of 12.8 C which was actually a bit shy of the 1973 record of 14.4 C.
New record highs for 22 December:
- Greenwood, NS 16.8 C
- St. Stephen, NB 14.7 C
- Saint John, NB 14.1 C
- Fredericton, NB 13.0 C
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 13.6 C
- Alma. NB 12.9 C
- Kouchibouguac, NB 12.9 C
- St. Peters, PEI 12.2 C
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.