Warm spring-like sunshine could be felt on my western facing balcony this afternoon in northeast Moncton and for few precious minutes it almost felt like winter was over.
The thermometer climbed to 12.9 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport which just barely eclipsed the record high of 12.8 C from 1953.
Other record highs were set across the Maritimes including 13.8 C in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia and 10.4 C in Edmundston.
But further to the west, the temperature climbed to a balmy 17.6 C in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Plowing snow near St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 05 Feb 2018 (Maximov/AFP)
The first weekend of February was marked by freezing rain and periods of heavy snow in the Russian capital city.
Moscow has been buried with more than 60 cm of snow which has shattered previous records, caused massive power outages and led to a rare ‘snow day’ for school students on Monday.
Drivers were urged to stay home as the so-called “snowfall of the century” downed over 2,000 trees and even the Russian army was deployed to help dig out.
The Russian weather agency was forecasting a low of -17 C by early Tuesday and another 8 cm of snow could fall in the next few days.
Sunflowers flourishing during heat wave, Salisbury, NB, 24 Sept 2017 (Dearing)
Having a heat wave in late September is unusual for Southeast New Brunswick but even more so is that the highest temperature of 2017 has occurred in early autumn.
The thermometer soared to 31.1 C yesterday (26 September) at the Greater Moncton International Airport which breaks the previous maximum of 29.6 C from 2007 and records date back to 1881.
The previous high for the year had been 30.6 C recorded on 04 August.
At least 10 other New Brunswick communities set new record highs yesterday including Fredericton at 32.8 C, Woodstock at 32.3 C and Bouctouche at 31.8 C.
Environment Canada says temperatures will return to more seasonable values by the weekend with highs between 16 and 18 C.
Flowers are flourishing in the September heat, 16 Sept 2017 (Dearing)
September usually doesn’t disappoint in Southeast New Brunswick when it comes to warm weather and so far this month is no exception.
Environment Canada reports on 14 September, the thermometer climbed to 27.8 C in Greater Moncton which ties the record high from 2003.
St. Stephen was the hot spot in the province and all of Canada with a high of 29.2 C which eclipsed the old record from 1903.
As we approach the first day of autumn on 22 September, temperatures in Greater Moncton can still climb into the 30s Celsius with a record high of 32.8 C in 1965.
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.
Jones Lake, west end Moncton, 18 May 2017 (Dearing)
Summer-like air enveloped the Maritime Provinces with new record high temperatures set in all three provinces yesterday.
Environment Canada says more than a dozen communities in New Brunswick hit new maximums for the date including St. Stephen at 34.0 C (hot spot in Canada), Fredericton at 33.0 C and both Woodstock and Edmundston at 32.0 C.
While the thermometer reached a record-breaking 30.5 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport, the overall 18 May record for Moncton is 31.7 C from 1918.
In Nova Scotia, new records were set in Greenwood and Kejimkujik Park at 32.0 C while Summerside, Prince Edward Island warmed up to 26.3 C.
Snow in Saskatoon, SK, 05 Oct 2016 (Twitter)
A storm being dubbed Snowtober – Snow in October – has dropped as much as 40 cm of snow on parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Saskatoon received about 20 cm of snow which broke a 100-year-old record yesterday of 5.6 cm while Cypress Hills Park got 40 cm.
Forecasters say the snow cover may stick around for a few days with single digit highs in the long range outlook.
The normal daytime high in Saskatoon for early October is 14 C.
Tree in bud at Riverfront Park, Moncton, 17 April 2013 (Dearing File)
For the first time in 2016, the thermometer has climbed to 20°C or higher in Greater Moncton.
Environment Canada reports we reached 21.7°C yesterday and 20.5°C today.
The last time it was at least 20°C was on 12 October 2015.
Last spring, Greater Moncton surpassed the mark on 04 May and it was earlier in 2014 when it happened on 15 April.
In 2012, the high soared to a record 26.1°C on 22 March which was not only early to be that warm but it also became an all-time maximum for the month.
Snow getting scarce, Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 28 January 2016 (Dearing)
Without a doubt, December was much warmer than normal in Greater Moncton… but so was January and so was February.
Environment Canada has confirmed the three month period of meteorological winter is the warmest ever in the Moncton area since records were first kept in 1881.
Only 1958 comes even close to an average temperature of -3.7 C with the 30-year normal being -7.1 C and forecasters say a difference of 3.4 degrees is quite significant.
Precipitation was near normal with more rain and freezing rain than snow which was a far cry from the mounds of snow that piled up last winter.
A strong El Nino pattern and a lack of sea ice in the nearby Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence are major factors in the record mild winter.