Early blast of winter

Main Street East webcam, 17 Nov 2018 (City of Moncton)

Southeast New Brunswick received about 20 cm of snow from a Nor’easter giving the region its first taste of winter.

Rain or ice pellets did not mix in as forecast for Greater Moncton but the snow was wet and heavy.

Higher amounts of snow fell further north and lesser amounts along the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia where more rain fell.

Snowfall totals (in cm):

  • Kouchibouguac 28
  • Bouctouche 22
  • Greater Moncton 20
  • Miramichi 14
  • Fredericton 13
  • Charlottetown 9
  • Saint John 8
  • (Data courtesy Environment Canada)
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    Powerful winds pummel Maritimes

    Tree topples over following powerful winds, 04 Nov 2018 (NB Power)

    An intense low pressure system moving up from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Maritimes overnight.

    The powerful hurricane-force gusts knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 customers in New Brunswick during the height of the storm.

    Temperatures were very mild thanks to a southerly flow with highs exceeding 20°C in some areas including a new record of 21.7°C in Cheticamp.

    Rainfall amounts (mm):

    • Kejimkujik, NS  93
    • Alma, NB  85
    • Greater Moncton  69
    • Fredericton  64
    • Saint John  60
    • Summerside, PEI  58
    • Halifax Stanfield  45

    Wind gusts (km/h):

    • Bouctouche, NB  119
    • North Cape, PEI  117
    • Greater Moncton  110
    • North Mountain, NS  108
    • Grand Etang, NS  106
    • Fredericton  102
    • Saint John  100
    • Halifax Stanfield  100

    (Data courtesy Environment Canada)

    Nor’easter follows record cold

    Snow settles in NE Moncton before a changeover to rain, 28 Oct 2018 (Dearing)

    A frosty Saturday morning proved record breaking at the Greater Moncton International Airport when the thermometer plunged to -6.6°C which breaks the previous cold low from 1998 by 0.1°C.

    Frigid temperatures were also set in Edmundston at -12.2°C, Woodstock at -11.7°C and Saint John at -8.4°C with weather records going back to 1886.

    The Arctic cold was soon replaced by a low pressure system with some tropical moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Willa.

    The early season Nor’easter brought snow, ice pellets and eventually rain to the Maritimes along with gusty winds which uprooted trees in parts of New England.

    Michael partly to blame for rain

    Fall foliage in Centennial Park, Moncton, 13 Oct 2018 ( Dearing)

    Starting late Wednesday and lasting into Friday, a warm front and low pressure system eventually combined with moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Michael.

    As these two systems began to interact, a significant amount of rain fell over parts of the Maritimes.

    Rainfall summary in millimetres as of Saturday 5am ADT:

    • Doaktown: 47.2
    • Greater Moncton Airport: 39.4
    • Fredericton: 36.2
    • Saint John: 35.6
    • Grand Manan: 34.5
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport: 55.4
    • Yarmouth: 70.4
    • Kejimkujik: 47.7

    (Data courtesy Environment Canada)

    A good soaking!

    An intense low pressure system from the Great Lakes moved across New Brunswick Wednesday night and brought heavy rain especially along the Fundy Coast.

    Alma at the entrance of Fundy National Park recorded 121 mm which is more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

    While it was a deluge for some, it was definitely much needed precipitation.

    Here are more rainfall amounts:

    • Harvey, NB. 80 mm
    • Yarmouth, NS. 75 mm
    • Saint John, NB. 55 m
    • Halifax Airport, NS. 28 mm
    • Greater Moncton. 24 mm

    NB flood by numbers


    Flooding forces closure of Randolph Bridge on west side of Saint John, 05 May 2018 (Twitter/City of Saint John)

    Some residents are still recovering from the historic spring flooding along the southern St. John River and its tributaries.

    Flood levels were elevated between 27 April and 18 May affecting Fredericton, Saint John and areas in between.

    By the numbers (provided by Government of New Brunswick):

    • 12,000 – properties affected by flooding to some degree
    • 2,627 – residents who registered for disaster financial assistance
    • 1,871 – residents who asked for health and safety inspection of properties
    • 1,110 – households registered with the Canadian Red Cross
    • 4,000 – tonnes of debris from flood dumped at landfills

    St. John River flooding reaches historic levels


    Flooding forces closure of Randolph Bridge on west side of Saint John, 05 May 2018 (Twitter/City of Saint John)

    After steadily rising for more than a week, water levels along the southern portion of the St. John River have surpassed the historic flood in 1973.

    Environment Canada is forecasting more rain for Southern New Brunswick with up to 20 mm possible by Monday after 30 mm fell Friday and early Saturday.

    The Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have provided vessels to help with evacuations and Transport Canada has deployed surveillance aircraft.

    Almost 1,000 people have registered as evacuees with the Red Cross.

    Many roads have been closed by the flooding including the Trans Canada Highway between River Glade and Oromocto – the detour through Saint John adds one hour of travel time between Moncton and Fredericton.

    Flooding closes TCH


    Floodwaters from St. John River lapping at the Trans Canada Highway near Jemseg, NB, 03 May 2018 (Hay/Facebook)

    Floodwaters covering the road near Jemseg have forced the closure of the Trans Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton.

    The Emergency Management Organization says the road could be closed for several days until water levels recede.

    A long detour forces travellers to go through Saint John via Routes 1 and 7.

    EMO says the water continues to rise along the southern St. John River and may exceed levels last seen during the historic 1973 flood.

    St. John River continues rising

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    Areas of Saint John under voluntary evacuation, 01 May 2018 (City of Saint John)

    Flooding continues in Fredericton where water levels have increased again to a point where the benchmark of 2008 was reached.

    New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization is warning levels are rising along the southern region of the St. John River basin.

    Residents from Jemseg and Gagetown to Quispamsis and Saint John are being told to be on high alert and expect flooding if it has occurred in the past.

    Several neighbourhoods of Saint John are under a voluntary evacuation (see map above) due to flooding, road closures and rising waters along the river.

    Nor’easter number four!


    Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)

    It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.

    Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.

    A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.

    Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.

    Here are some other snowfall totals:

    • Kentville, NS  24 cm
    • Alma, NB  20 cm
    • Yarmouth, NS  18 cm
    • Sussex, NB  17 cm
    • Charlottetown, PEI  12 cm
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS  11 cm
    • Bathurst, NB  8 cm
    • Saint John, NB  6 cm