Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 31 Mar 2019 (Dearing)
March seemed quite cold overall in Southeast New Brunswick especially given some frigid overnight lows during the first ten days of the month.
Daytime highs improved dramatically after that culminating with a maximum of 16.8°C on the 31st.
Only two days recorded temperatures with both highs and lows above freezing.
The month was also dry with less than half of the normal rainfall and snowfall received.
MARCH 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 2.4°C
Average LOW -7.4°C
AVERAGE -2.5°C (about 0.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 16.8°C (31 Mar)
Extreme LOW -18.7°C (08 Mar)
RAINFALL 26.4 mm (about 50 percent BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 35.6 cm (about 50 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Wintry weather will undoubtedly continue in New Brunswick for the next few weeks but meteorological winter (December, January and February) is officially over.
In Greater Moncton, winter proved to be slightly colder than normal (0.3 degrees cooler) although the extreme low was not as cold as previous years.
Precipitation was about average for the season with slightly above normal rainfall and slightly below normal snowfall.
The Weather Network has unveiled its spring 2019 forecast covering March, April and May – so what can New Brunswick expect?
It’s been a long, cold and stormy winter which began in mid-November but TWN believes after another cold wave in early March, a warmer pattern will develop later in the month.
Meteorologist Michael Carter says more consistent spring-like weather is possible by early April.
Both temperatures and precipitation are expected to be near normal for the season.
Carter adds flooding is a possibility given normal spring run-off combined with any rain or snow that falls.
But he thinks it won’t be as stormy this spring compared to past years.
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.
Flooding at Plumweseep Covered Bridge near Sussex, 25 Jan 2019 (Sussex and Area Events/Facebook)
The beginning of 2019 proved to be wild and crazy in New Brunswick.
Precipitation was well above normal for January as storm after storm brought rain, freezing rain, snow and ice pellets with rapidly fluctuating temperatures.
Ice and snow often blocked storm drains which created flooding during heavy rain and when the thermometer plunged, it all froze.
The average monthly temperature was actually about one degree above normal although it didn’t seem like it given the roller coaster of highs and lows.
JANUARY 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -2.5°C
Average LOW -13.7°C
AVERAGE -8.1°C (about 0.8 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 10.5°C (24 Jan)
Extreme LOW -21.4°C (14 Jan)
RAINFALL 48.9 mm (above 60 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 101.3 cm (about 30 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Radar image captured at 23hrs, 19 Jan 2019 (Bing maps)
A strong winter storm will track across the Maritimes Sunday bringing a mixed bsg of precipitation to Southeast New Brunswick.
Snow at times heavy will begin in the morning changing to ice pellets and freezing rain by noon and eventually to rain later in the afternoon.
Greater Moncton is expecting about 20 cm snow, 20 mm of rain and possibly several hours of ice accumulation.
Strong winds will develop giving reduced visibility in blowing snow with gusts reaching 80 km/h along the Fundy coast.
Conditions may not improve until Monday afternoon as the storm moves eastward.
Hoar frost on trees in west end Moncton, 14 Jan 2019 ( Dearing)
A good old fashioned January cold snap continues in New Brunswick with well below normal temperatures since last weekend.
Wind chill values have dropped to -30 giving the risk of frostbite on exposed skin.
After a frosty -21.4°C in Greater Moncton earlier this week, forecasters say a further tumble to -23°C is likely before a potent winter storm arrives on Sunday.
Environment Canada is tracking a system moving across the U.S. which is expected to bring at least 30 cm of snow, 50 mm of rain, a period of freezing rain and strong winds to the Maritimes.
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
Heavy snow falling in NE Moncton, 05 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
A low pressure system moved across the Maritimes heading to Newfoundland bringing snow to the west and rain to the east.
Greater Moncton received about 14 cm of snow by the time it stopped late this morning.
The temperature will plummet tonight with cold northwesterly winds.
Forecasters are watching the next weather system now making its way across the country with more snow expected on Wednesday.
About 12 cm snow fell in Moncton on New Year’s Day, 01 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
New Year’s Eve celebrations were just getting started in Greater Moncton when snow flurries began falling from the latest low pressure system moving through the region.
By the time the snow stopped late this afternoon about 12 cm had fallen in Southeast New Brunswick with higher amounts toward the north and east.
Rain had been expected but the temperature never climbed above freezing as forecast.
In the wake of the storm, strong northwesterly winds will usher in frigid air creating windchill values near minus 30 and a risk of frostbite.