Hottest weather yet?

Saint John River at Perth-Andover, NB, 16 July 2019 (Dearing)

The next heat wave across Eastern Canada could be the warmest period yet this summer with daytime highs in the low 30’s C and humidex values near 40.

Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec have been blanketed with heat warnings from Environment Canada with hot, humid days and warm nights expected this weekend.

Temperatures in the Maritimes for Saturday and Sunday could reach 30 C but a cold front will bring cooler and drier air by Monday.

A mini heat wave already brought highs of 29 C and 30 C earlier this week in Greater Moncton.

Heavy snow falls in western NB

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Snowy scene along TCH near Perth-Andover, NB, 16 May 2016 (NB Hwy Cams)


With a cold, intermittent rain shower, the thermometer barely reached 7 C at midday in Greater Moncton and with strong winds gusting near 70 km/h, the wind chill made it feel more like -3 C.

Did I mention it was the middle of May and it also snowed today in western New Brunswick and in the neighbouring State of Maine?

Up to 20 centimetres of snow fell over Carleton and Victoria Counties thanks to a blast of Arctic air and a low pressure system moving through the region.

Forecasters say temperatures will improve as the week goes on with highs near the seasonal mark of 17 C by Thursday.

Flooding threat eases in western New Brunswick

St. John River at Perth-Andover, NB, 19 April 2015 (Twitter)

St. John River at Perth-Andover, NB, 19 April 2015 (Twitter)


A mandatory evacuation order was lifted in Perth-Andover today after water levels dropped on the St. John River.

More than 300 residents were told to leave over the weekend after an ice jam raised fears of flooding and the Red Cross had to set up an emergency shelter.

Officials will be keeping a close eye on the river for the next few days especially with rain in the forecast.

First snow in Greater Moncton

First snow in NE Moncton, 03 Nov 2014 (Dearing)

First snow in NE Moncton, 03 Nov 2014 (Dearing)

It wasn’t much and it melted quickly but Greater Moncton had a trace of snow this morning as a strong Nor’easter finally moved out of the region.

Moncton recorded the most rain in the Maritimes from this system with 66 mm while on the other side of the rain/snow line, Perth-Andover had 30 cm of snow, Bathurst saw 23 cm while Fredericton had 12 cm.

Schools were closed in western and northern New Brunswick while thousands lost power thanks to strong winds which gusted to 83 km/h in Moncton.

Canada’s Top 10 Weather Stories for 2012

Flooding on Robie Street, Truro, NS, 10 September 2012 (Courtesy Facebook)

Flooding on Robie Street, Truro, NS, 10 September 2012 (Courtesy Facebook)

In its annual list, Environment Canada has chosen the top weather stories of the year – from super storms to super heat, and from immense flooding to immense fires.

1. BIG HEAT
Temperatures were above normal across Canada during winter, spring and summer from coast to coast to coast.

2. ACTIVE HURRICANE SEASON
By the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, 19 named storms were recorded with Chris, Leslie, Rafael and Sandy impacting Canada.

3. BRITISH COLUMBIA FLOODING
High levels of early spring flooding in British Columbia caused washouts, and slides, evacuations and fatalities.

4. MARCH MILDNESS
The March heat wave was off the scale in every way: intense, huge and long-lasting. In Moncton, a new record monthly high of 26 C was recorded.

5. WILD PRAIRIE SUMMER
Summer on the Prairies started out with short-lived cool temperatures and ended as one of the top ten warmest on record.

6. BIG MELT
The year will go down as one of extraordinary change across the Arctic Ocean, with sea ice becoming dramatically thinner, weaker and younger and melting more easily.

7. HIGH AND DRY IN THE EAST
Higher than normal temperatures and a lack of rainfall in Eastern Canada meant a great summer for most outdoor enthusiasts but trouble for some crops and water systems.

8. URBAN FLOODING
Thunder Bay experienced record breaking flooding in May while Montreal and Toronto also found themselves with expensive floods weeks later.

9. CALGARY HAILSTORM
A monstrous hailstorm pelted Calgary with hailstones larger than golf balls on August 12th and in a matter of 10 minutes, pounding hail dimpled vehicles and riddled house siding with millions of dents.

10. SAINT JOHN RIVER ICE-JAM FLOODING
The first days of spring were marked by a mandatory evacuation for residents of Perth-Andover and Tobique First Nation when the Saint John River and several tributaries spilled onto nearby fields and roads.

Perth-Andover devastated by flood

Flooding in Perth-Andover, NB, 25 March 2012 (CP Photo)

Flood waters have receded in Perth-Andover (pop. 1800) leaving behind a mess of mud and ice chunks in this village along the St. John River.

Inspectors are surveying the damage and are determining which homes and businesses are safe.

Some of the 500 residents forced to evacuate last week are being allowed to return.

This isn’t the first time a flood has impacted Perth-Andover, but provincial officials estimate water levels in this flood were at least a metre higher than in the past.

The flood is estimated to have caused $25 million in damage.

 

Flooding in western New Brunswick

Floodwaters at Perth-Andover, NB, 23 March 2012 (GNB)

The record-breaking warmth and rapid snowmelt has contributed to flooding along the banks of the St. John River this weekend.

The community of Perth-Andover (pop. 1800) and Tobique First Nation have been hardest hit where ice jams and water have caused severe flooding with about 500 forced to evacuate.

New Brunswick Premier David Alward announced a recovery program for affected residents in Perth-Andover today when he toured the area.

Residents are asked tocall 1-888-298-8555 to report damage and register for disaster financial assistance.