Chris brushes eastern Newfoundland

Post-tropical storm Chris quickly moved across eastern Newfoundland late Thursday and early Friday with powerful winds, heavy rainfall and rough surf along the coast.

Gander recorded almost 80 mm of rain (almost a month’s worth), the southern Avalon Peninsula had high water swells of 6 to 8 metres above normal while Bonavista and Cape Pine recorded wind gusts above 100 km/h.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued its final bulletin for Chris early Friday as the storm sped off into the North Atlantic.


Chris heads for Avalon Peninsula


Chris near Newfoundland, 19:30 ADT (courtesy Earth Nullhouse Net)

Chris is now a post-tropical storm with sustained winds of 110 km/h and is expected to make landfall in eastern Newfoundland near Cape St. Mary’s tonight.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says strong winds combined with low pressure will create large waves and pounding surf giving the risk of coastal flooding along the southern Burin and Avalon Peninsulas.

Besides a wind warning, a rainfall warning has been issued with possible amounts of 50 mm or more and 20 mm an hour in the heaviest showers.

The remnants of Chris will drift away into the North Atlantic by early Friday morning.

Matthew finally weakens


Flooding after Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, SC, USA, 08 Oct 2016 (Getty Images)

The U.S. National Hurricane Center finally downgraded Matthew to a post-tropical cyclone today after pounding North and South Carolina with strong winds, heavy rain and record flooding before moving east out to sea.

Matthew made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina yesterday as a category 1 hurricane after hugging Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Hundreds had to be rescued from floodwaters in the Carolinas including one woman who was forced to cling to a tree overnight before emergency workers arrived.

The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade has claimed at least 20 deaths in the Southeastern United States and more than 900 in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.


Warm September expected in N.B.


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.

Colin brushes Atlantic Canada


Post-Tropical Storm Colin, 08 June 2015 (CTV/Twitter)

By the time Colin had arrived in Canadian waters earlier today, it had become a post-tropical storm – essentially a strong low pressure system.

Much of Florida had received heavy rain from Colin before the storm moved into the Atlantic Ocean and tracked northeastward.

Wind was not a factor for the Maritimes but heavy rain fell in eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland.

Greater Moncton received less than 20 mm of rain between remnants of Colin and another low pressure system which was crossing New Brunswick.

Colin was the third named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season – after Bonnie in late May and Alex in mid-January.

June 2015 – Cool and wet

Looking east at downtown Moncton during sunrise, 25 June 2015 (Dearing)

Looking east at downtown Moncton during sunrise, 25 June 2015 (Dearing)

After a warmer than average May in Southeast New Brunswick, hopes were high that June would follow suit but that was not the case.

Environment Canada reports the average monthly temperature was 1.5 C below normal in Greater Moncton with precipitation about 50 percent higher than usual.

Overnight lows were generally cool throughout the month and the maximum temperature barely climbed to 27 C.

Heavy rainfall from post-tropical storm Bill in the last third of the month caused flooding in the low lying areas of Sackville and Amherst.

JUNE 2015 ALMANAC at the Greater Moncton International Airport

Average HIGH. 19.5 C

Average LOW. 7.9 C

AVERAGE. 13.7 C (about 1.5 degrees BELOW average)

Extreme HIGH. 26.6 C (13 June)

Extreme LOW. 2.3 C (04 June)

Rainfall. 147.2 mm (about 65 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada from 30-year average 1981-2010)

Heavy rain causes flooding in Southeast N.B.

Flooding in Sackville, NB, 22 June 2015 (Twitter)

Flooding in Sackville, NB, 22 June 2015 (Twitter)

What was left of post-Tropical Storm Bill drenched much of the Maritimes especially near the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border.

More than 130 mm of rain has fallen in that area since yesterday with flooding in the Sackville area and also in Amherst where a nursing home had to be evacuated.

Environment Canada reports about 65 mm of rain in Greater Moncton by late this afternoon with more than 80 mm on Grand Mahan Island.

Halifax and Charlottetown have each received almost 60 mm of rain.

Remnants of Bill impact the Maritimes

Sunset over the Wentworth Valley, NS, 20 June 2015 (Dearing)

Sunset over the Wentworth Valley, NS, 20 June 2015 (Dearing)

Although a pink sky appeared last night at sunset, the rain has begun today in Southeast New Brunswick with a rainfall warning issued for the region.

Environment Canada says 15 mm of rain could fall today with another 10 mm possible tomorrow.

The remnants of post-Tropical Storm Bill is behind the moisture with about 25 mm of rain by midday in Woodstock and St. Stephen.

Gonzalo gives Newfoundland a fast punch

Police car wades through street flooding in St. John's, NL, 19 Oct 2014 (CP)

Police car wades through street flooding in St. John’s, NL, 19 Oct 2014 (CP)

Hurricane Gonzalo passed about 50 km south of Cape Race, Newfoundland as a Category 1 storm near dawn this morning.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre noted strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h were reported at Cape Race with higher gusts in the Grand Banks which created 5-12 metre waves along the Atlantic coast.

Flash flooding was reported across the Avalon Peninsula with 50-60 mm of rain falling in St. John’s over just a few hours.

The fast moving Gonzalo, which passed directly over Bermuda on Friday as a Category 4 storm, is now a post-tropical system heading toward the United Kingdom.

July 2014 – Amazing summer so far!

Alma, NB, 01 July 2014 (Dearing)

Alma, NB, 01 July 2014 (Dearing)

With warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, residents of Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick could not have asked for a better July.

Environment Canada says the average temperature during the month was 2.3 C above the thirty year average while rainfall was about 20 percent above normal.

The only spoiler was Arthur – a nasty post-tropical storm which pounded the province on 05 July with gusty winds at times stronger than hurricane force bringing down trees and power lines.

Thousands went without electricity for days in the Fredericton area.

JULY 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH. 26.9 C

Average LOW. 15.3 C

AVERAGE. 21.1 C (about 2.3 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH. 31.3 C (01 July)

Extreme LOW. 11.3 (05, 06 July)

Rainfall 112.6 mm (about 20 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada based on period 1981-2010)