Construction crane collapses during Dorian in south end Halifax, NS, 10 Sept 2019 (Coastal Elite/Wikipedia)
No one expected Dorian to batter Southeast New Brunswick with such intensity.
Hurricane-force winds and a powerful storm surge along the Northumberland Strait wrecked wharves and fishing boats, tossed yachts like toys at a marina, flooded campgrounds and destroyed camper trailers.
For the first time in its history, Parlee Beach has been closed to the public after boardwalks and ramps were damaged posing safety risks for visitors.
The cleanup at Murray Beach may take weeks where dozens of fallen trees closed the campground, kitchen shelters were flattened and the beach itself was heavily eroded.
Torrential rain washed out sections of some roads including in Salisbury where a car plunged into a gaping hole.
Public works crews in Greater Moncton have been clearing away downed trees and branches which were responsible for most power outages.
Five days after Dorian, thousands are still without electricity in Nova Scotia where century old trees toppled onto homes and vehicles.
Many city parks remain closed in Halifax due to debris and efforts begin to dismantle a construction crane which collapsed during the strong winds.
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.
Parlee Beach, NB, 07 May 2016 (Dearing)
Spring can often be volatile in New Brunswick.
Perhaps that explains why Greater Moncton had a daytime high of 22 C yesterday and snow flurries this morning when the temperature fell near freezing.
But unlike last week, this round of chilly weather is not expected to last long with temperatures climbing close to the average high of 16 C for mid-May.
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.
Parlee Beach, NB, 19 Sept 2014 (TWN)
The last couple nights have been chilly in Southeast New Brunswick, giving us a hint of what may come as we mark the final weekend of astronomical summer 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere.
In Greater Moncton, the low yesterday morning (19 Sept) was 0.4°C while this morning (20 Sept) the thermometer dipped to 2.4°C.
While a frost advisory was posted both nights, Moncton itself escaped frost thanks to cloud cover.
Other regions were frosty with the cold spot in New Brunswick at Edmundston yesterday at -5.6°C and even -2.1°C at the Saint John Airport.
Parlee Beach, NB, 07 Sept 2014 (Dearing)
It may seem early for most of the province but Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for all of New Brunswick except the Fundy Coast.
A clear sky and cool conditions will allow temperatures to dip as low as 2 C in Greater Moncton.
Gardeners are being advised to cover tender plants overnight.
The average date for the first frost of fall in Moncton is September 27.
Parlee Beach, NB, 12 April 2014 (Dearing)
To help celebrate the arrival of spring, I decided to take a drive to the beach yesterday.
Well, I realized that it’s not exactly beach weather just yet!
Parlee Beach in Shediac was still partially ice covered and Shediac Bay was still mostly frozen over but breaking up quickly.
It was a very different story in 2012, when above normal spring temperatures had been sending sun seekers to the beach since the end of March.
Parlee Beach, NB, 22 March 2012
On this date in 2012, the thermometer soared to 26.1 C in Greater Moncton – the highest temperature ever in March with records dating back to 1871.
The previous two days were also unseasonably warm at 25.3 C and 21.0 C.
Those three days shattered the previous March record high of 18.9 C from 1945.
Fast forward to today, with an expected high of 4 C and a chance of light snow tonight.
Aboiteau Wharf at Cap-Pele, NB, 21 Sept 2013 (Dearing)
It was only fitting that I spent the last full day of astronomical summer 2013 at the beach!
Parlee Beach in Shediac and the beach at Aboiteau Wharf in Cap-Pele were my destinations.
The weather was amazing – a light breeze under a sunny sky with a temperature in the low 20’s C.
The overall summer in Greater Moncton was wetter than normal but with above average temperatures according to Environment Canada.
Parlee Beach, Shediac, NB, 11 August 2013 (Dearing photo)
August 2013 didn’t prove to be too warm in Greater Moncton – with the exception of a couple days that reached 30°C – but there were plenty of mild days and evenings which was enough to push the average temperature above normal for the month.
Compared to June and July, August wasn’t plagued with thunderstorms and torrential downpours and only had a couple of really wet days which led to below normal precipitation for the month.
AUGUST 2013 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH 24.7°C
Average LOW 12.7°C
AVERAGE 18.6°C (about 0.7 degrees above normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)
Extreme HIGH 30.5°C (22 Aug)
Extreme LOW 7.5°C (25 Aug)
Rainfall 57.8 mm (about 27 percent below normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)