April 2017 – Spring sputters

Budding trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)

Spring seldom arrives on time in New Brunswick and this year is no exception even though April was actually warmer than normal in Greater Moncton.

The month can be broken into four segments – cold in the beginning, then warm, turning cold again and finally warm again near the end.

A consistent snow cover began on 27 November and disappeared briefly in late January before finally melting for the season by 10 April.

Precipitation overall was below average with much less snow than normal.

APRIL 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 10.5 C

Average LOW -0.8 C

AVERAGE 4.9 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH 21.8 C (27 April)

Extreme LOW -7.7 C (01, 19 April)

RAINFALL 42.5 mm (about 30 percent BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL 6.8 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)


Canada’s Top 10 of 2016


RCMP officer in burnt neighbourhood, Fort McMurray, AB, 05 May 2016 (Alberta RCMP)

From the horrible wildfires which destroyed parts of Fort McMurray, Alberta to the winter that wasn’t to a warm, dry summer which led to drought in areas of Eastern Canada, 2016 was certainly noteworthy for major weather events.

  1. Fort McMurray’s “Fire Beast”
  2. Super El Niño Cancels Winter – 2nd warmest Canada-wide ever
  3. August Long Weekend Storm on the Prairies… Big and Costly
  4. A Summer to Remember in the East
  5. November’s Heat Wave and December’s Deep Freeze
  6. Arctic Sea Ice Going, Going… Break-up earlier/Freeze-up later
  7. Wild Summer Prairie Weather
  8. A Tale of Two Springs – Cold East and Warm West
  9. Thanksgiving Day Atlantic Weather Bomb
  10. Southwest Ontario’s $100 Million September Gusher                                               (Courtesy Environment Canada)

November 2016 – Mild and dry


Remembrance Day service at Sunny Brae cenotaph, Moncton, 11 Nov 2016 (Twitter)

The first two-thirds of November proved to be mostly mild and dry in Greater Moncton although small amounts of rain did fall on most days.

The last ten days of the month took a decidedly colder turn and while overnight lows weren’t very cold, daytime highs struggled in the low single digits.

A blast of winter came at the very end with 26 cm of heavy, wet snow which brought up precipitation amounts but the total was still almost 40 percent below normal.

NOVEMBER 2016 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH  7.2 C

Average LOW  0.5 C

AVERAGE  3.8 C (about 1.9 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  13.7 C (14 November)

Extreme LOW  -4.6 C (29 November)

RAINFALL  35.8 mm (about 60 percent BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL  28.1 cm (about 30 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Surprise! Lots of snow!


Heavy, wet snow brings down tree branches in Moncton, 30 Nov 2016 (Twitter)

Greater Moncton recorded a snowfall of almost 30 cm today which is not unusual for the end of November.

But it came as a surprise since Environment Canada had only forecast 10 cm of snow.

The heavy, wet snow fell over central and southeastern parts of New Brunswick while mostly rain was recorded in Saint John and along the Fundy coast.

The snow was too much for some trees and branches which fell onto power lines knocking out electricity to more than 41,000 customers at one point.

Lest We Forget


Remembrance Day service at Sunny Brae cenotaph, Moncton, 11 Nov 2016 (Twitter)

A light rain began falling shortly before the Remembrance Day service in Moncton’s Sunny Brae neighbourhood today.

It was a typical, grey November day but rather mild with a high of 9.4 C before the temperature fell during the afternoon.

Fortunately, the heaviest rain began falling after the service ended.

Warm in west, chilly in east


Barren trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 05 Nov 2016 (Dearing)

Most trees have now lost their leaves in Greater Moncton – with oak trees being the exception – and the starkness of November is settling in.

The thermometer dipped to a frosty -3.1 C yesterday morning which was the coldest low so far this fall and a chilly high of only 4.5 C.

It’s a different story in the Prairies and northwestern Ontario with record breaking warm temperatures climbing near 20 C which is well above normal.

Edmonton climbed to 20.6 C on Friday which was the warmest high ever for a November day in the Alberta capital.

Rain, snow and ice pellets coming


Pansies making a comeback on my patio, NE Moncton, 22 Nov 2015 (Dearing)

Grab your scarves and gloves in Southeast New Brunswick, the weather office is suggesting you may need them by tomorrow night.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Greater Moncton with 50 to 70 mm expected over the next 24 hours thanks to a strong system moving into the region.

The temperature will drop to freezing by later tomorrow which means precipitation will change from rain to ice pellets and snow with 2 to 4 cm accumulation possible.

It could be worse – almost 25 cm of snow fell around this time of November back in 2011.

Snow showers spotted in Greater Moncton


It’s mid-November in Southeast New Brunswick, so it’s not surprising to see a few snow flakes mixed with rain showers.

It is a stark reminder of what is to come with the official start of winter only a month away.

Nonetheless, I’ve spotted dandelions popping up on lawns again and even my potted petunias are coming back to life.

The Weather Network unveils fall forecast

fall temp
Although it still feels like summer in New Brunswick, meteorological autumn has arrived and The Weather Network has released its seasonal forecast.

The El Nino weather phenomenon in the Pacific is expected to lessen the impact of tropical storms in the Atlantic this fall.

Forecasters say temperatures will remain warm throughout September, normal in October but a pattern change is in store for early November.

However, a brief winter-like chill will be short-lived and more seasonal weather is in store for the remainder of this year.

December 2014 – Rainy and mild

cursnow_usaAfter a cold and snowy November, it seems a bit odd that December 2014 would turn out to be relatively mild and rainy in Southeast New Brunswick.

In a major rain event on 10-11 December in Greater Moncton, almost 140 mm of rain fell – about three months’ worth – causing flooding especially along Jonathan Creek.

The month was also much warmer than normal with 20 days reaching daytime highs above freezing and on Christmas Day, the thermometer climbed to a record 15.6 C.

DECEMBER 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, based on data 1981-2010)

Average HIGH. 1.8°C

Average LOW  -6.0°C

AVERAGE  -2.1°C (about 2.7°C ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH  15.6°C (25 Dec)

Extreme LOW  -19.4°C (31 Dec)

Rainfall  246.6 mm (new December record)

Snowfall  10.9 cm (well BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)