Unusual mid-summer cool snap

Sunset at Parlee Beach, NB, 18 July 2017 (Dearing)

Late July is typically the warmest period of summer in Greater Moncton but a recent cool down has brought September-like days and a record overnight low. 

On 23 July, the temperature fell to 6.9 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport which broke a record low of 7.2 C from 1962. 

A frost advisory was posted in northwest New Brunswick with a chilly low of 2.4 C in Edmundston. 

The short term forecast calls for more seasonal highs in the mid-20’s C and lows near 13 C. 


Warmer weather ushers out cold

Brilliant pink sky over NE Moncton, 06 June 2017 (Dearing)

At least one New Brunswick location dropped to a new low on 06 June.

Environment Canada says Kouchibouguac National Park set a new cold record of -1.7 C which broke the old minimum of -1.1 C from 1958.

Greater Moncton managed to escape frost this week thanks to cloud cover although the thermometer fell to the freezing point tying a record low.

Following a brief period of very warm air, forecasters say temperatures will reach near seasonal values for the short term.

Near record cold in N.B.

A break in clouds over the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, 03 June 2017 (Dearing)

The last couple of days had near record lows in Greater Moncton with temperatures dropping to near the freezing point.

A low of 1.0 C at the airport on Monday was close to the 1947 record of 0.6 C while a low of 0.0 C on Tuesday tied the minimum from 1995.

Fortunately cloud cover prevented frost in most of New Brunswick but another risk is possible by early Wednesday.

Folklore suggests frost can be expected until the full moon in June which is this Friday the ninth.

Nor’easter replacing frigid air

Screenshot (76)_LIThe last week of winter in New Brunswick has felt more like January than March but that frigid air is about to be replaced by a powerful Nor’easter forming off the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from two low pressure systems.

Overnight temperatures plunged to -20.1 C in Greater Moncton on the weekend which is close to a record low and daytime highs remained well below freezing with dangerous wind chills as low as -35 at times.

Environment Canada says heavy snow and winds creating blowing snow will move into southwestern New Brunswick Tuesday afternoon and spread to the remainder of the province in the evening.

Snow will likely change to rain by early Wednesday with most areas of the province expected to receive up to 30 cm of snow.

Before the storm reaches the Maritimes, forecasters say the Nor’easter could drop between 30 and 50 cm of snow in the U.S. Northeast from Washington DC to New York to Boston.

April 2016 – Cool & Dry


Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 25 April 2016 (Dearing)

Spring sputtered in Southeast New Brunswick during April with cold overnight lows and daytime highs were all over the chart.

Precipitation was below normal with little snow in Greater Moncton and rainfall was about 20 percent below average.

Although the thermometer climbed into the 20’s on a couple days, lows were so chilly during the last week that records were challenged on several nights.

APRIL 2016 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH 9.5 C

Average LOW -3.0 C

AVERAGE 3.2 C (about 0.3 degrees BELOW normal)

Extreme HIGH 21.7 C (21 April)

Extreme LOW -11.5 C (4,6 April)

Rainfall 48 mm (about 20 percent BELOW normal)

Snowfall 2.4 cm (about 90 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Snow! No! Not at the end of April!


Dusting of snow sticks to cold surfaces in NE Moncton, 28 April 2016 (Dearing)

After receiving less than half a centimetre of snow this April in Greater Moncton, a dusting of snow fell just two days before month end.

Temperatures have been chilly this week in New Brunswick with a few record lows broken – Moncton was close at -5.5 C on 26 April.

The jet stream has taken a southern dip over Eastern Canada allowing cold Arctic air to sink south.

But forecasters say more seasonal weather is coming as we begin the month of May.

Record cold morning across NB

Winter just doesn’t seem to want to go away!

Environment Canada says numerous communities across New Brunswick set new record lows this morning with Edmundston bottoming out at -28.2 C.

Doaktown and Woodstock both dropped to -22 C.

Greater Moncton had a low of -13.5 C which broke the previous record low of -11.7 C from 1964.

California drought prompts water restrictions

Houseboats on lake near La Grange, California, USA (Getty)

Houseboats on lake near La Grange, California, USA (Getty)

A historic four-year drought in California has prompted water restrictions from the state government.

Cities and towns in America’s most populous state have been ordered to reduce their water usage by 25 percent.

Californians will be asked to reduce watering lawns, washing cars and even taking showers.

The action comes as the winter snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is at near record lows, which the state heavily relies on for its summer water supply.

February 2015 – Coldest and Snowiest Ever?

Northeast Moncton after the latest blizzard, 03 February 2015 (Dearing)

Northeast Moncton after the latest blizzard, 03 February 2015 (Dearing)

An unbelievable amount of snow fell during February in Greater Moncton shattering record after record.

When it started snowing, it almost didn’t know when to stop.

Almost 50 cm of snow fell on 2-3 February, nearly 60 cm on 15-16 February and 25 cm on 24-25 February.

Keep in mind the average snowfall for the entire month is 65 cm!

The cold was also relentless with fifteen overnight lows dipping to -20 C or lower and a new record low of -25.3 C set on 24 February.

Forecasters are suggesting cold weather will persist well into March thanks to an Arctic air mass that originates in Siberia.

FEBRUARY 2012 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH -8.2 C

Average LOW -19.0 C

AVERAGE -13.6 C (about 6 degrees BELOW normal)

Extreme HIGH 0.6 C (22 Feb)

Extreme LOW -25.3 C (24 Feb)

RAINFALL 3.2 mm (well BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL 168.6 cm (almost 250 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Arctic blast brings record cold

Clear but cold in Moncton, 24 February 2015 (Dearing)

Clear but cold in Moncton, 24 February 2015 (Dearing)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any colder this winter… well it did.

Environment Canada says this morning’s unofficial low of -25.3 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport was cold enough to break a record.

The previous low for this date was -23.9 C from 1972.

Record lows were also broken this morning in Bouctouche, Caraquet and Point Lepreau.