Ominous sky over Jones Lake, Moncton, 04 June 2019 (Dearing)
A slow moving low pressure system crossed the Maritime Provinces on Friday bringing heavy rain to the region.
Environment Canada had posted rainfall warnings for many areas with 40 to 60 mm in southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and up to 100 mm in northern Nova Scotia.
Here are some rainfall totals (in mm):
- Parrsboro, NS 123
- Greenwood, NS 81
- Kejumkujik NP, NS 72
- Saint John, NB 61
- Charlottetown, PEI 54
- Summerside, PEI 53
- Greater Moncton Airport, NB 52
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 41
- Fredericton, NB 30
- Yarmouth, NS 22
Flooding along the St. John River in Maugerville, 23 April 2019 (5th Canadian Division/Facebook)
For the second year in a row, floodwaters from the St. John River have forced the closure of the Trans Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton.
The New Brunswick Department of Transportation says drivers must detour at the Oromocto exit or at the River Glade exit and travel through Saint John.
The detour will add approximately 90 kilometres in each direction.
River Watch officials say water levels in Saint John are expected to reach last year’s historic marks by Friday and while now receding in Fredericton, the water will likely rise again by this weekend.
Floodwaters along the St. John River peaked in Fredericton today and are expected to peak in Saint John by Friday.
While the flooding is significant, River Watch officials in New Brunswick say levels are not expected to surpass last year’s historic numbers.
The provincial government has called in the Canadian Armed Forces from CFB Gagetown to help with soldiers assisting with sandbagging, evacuations and wellness checks.
Many roads especially in the Fredericton region have also been closed due to floodwaters and it could be days before some can reopen.
This has been a very snowy winter across northern New Brunswick with Edmundston and Bas-Caraquet recording 114 cm of snow on the ground as of today (06 March).
Some unofficial reports have indicated a snow depth of more than 160 cm in some mountainous areas.
Southern New Brunswick also has plenty of snow but often it has been mixed with rain, freezing rain or ice pellets which have lowered accumulations.
Greater Moncton now sits at 53 cm (the most so far this season) and snowbanks are getting high enough to cause visibility issues at some intersections.
Plenty of snow near Caraquet, NB (Village Historique Acadian/IG)
Cat enters snowbound backyard in NW Moncton, 04 March 2019 (T. Clow)
A low pressure system approached the Maritimes from the northeastern United States late Sunday night.
Snow began in New Brunswick early Monday and intensified throughout the day before tapering off to freezing drizzle by evening.
About 24 cm fell in Greater Moncton which was the second heaviest snowfall of the season after the storm on 13 February.
The system also brought snow to western and central Newfoundland later on Monday with freezing rain to the Avalon Peninsula.
Snowfall amounts (cm) as of 1AM Tuesday from Environment Canada:
- Sydney: 26
- Saint John Airport: 26
- Greater Moncton Airport: 24
- Deer Lake: 23
- Fredericton: 21
- Miramichi: 21
- Charlottetown: 19
- Greenwood: 19
- Halifax Stanfield Airport: 17
- Bathurst: 14
- Gander: 14
- Yarmouth: 12
Creek Road near Sussex, NB is washed out by flooding, 25 Jan 2019 (SussexArea/Facebook)
It’s been quite a week for stormy weather in New Brunswick.
The latest system brought heavy rain and a period of freezing rain to the province.
Ice-clogged storm drains caused the water to backup turning streets into rivers in areas such as downtown Moncton.
Municipalities were urging residents to help public works crews by trying to clear drains near their homes.
Mild temperatures contributed to snowmelt and the added rush of water was enough to washout some roads and bridges.
Strong winds along the coast also gusted to more than 100 km/h.
Rainfall amounts (mm):
- Mechanic Settlement 68
- Miramichi 61
- Sussex area 55
- Kouchibouguac 44
- Fredericton 34
- Saint John 25
- Moncton 13
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
St. George Gorge, Magaguadavic River, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Warm, moist air with southerly winds pushed temperatures into record high territory across the Maritimes on Saturday.
Greater Moncton reached a high of 12.8 C which was actually a bit shy of the 1973 record of 14.4 C.
New record highs for 22 December:
- Greenwood, NS 16.8 C
- St. Stephen, NB 14.7 C
- Saint John, NB 14.1 C
- Fredericton, NB 13.0 C
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 13.6 C
- Alma. NB 12.9 C
- Kouchibouguac, NB 12.9 C
- St. Peters, PEI 12.2 C
The historic Algonquin Resort after a rainstorm, St. Andrews, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Although it has felt like winter for weeks now, the solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 6:23pm AST Friday.
Oddly enough the weather now feels more like spring with a high of 10.1 C on Friday and 12.8 C today in Greater Moncton thanks to southerly winds and heavy rain from an intense low pressure system.
But the warmth will be short-lived as winds change direction to northwesterly behind the system and temperatures will fall below freezing on Sunday.
Rainfall amounts as of 22 December at 12pm AST:
- Mechanic Settlement 92 mm
- St. Andrews 79 mm
- Grand Manan 73 mm
- Alma 60 mm
- Fredericton 51 mm
- Saint John Airport 42 mm
- Miramichi 31 cm
- Greater Moncton about 20 mm
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):
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Bouctouche 22
- Greater Moncton 20
- Miramichi 14
- Fredericton 13
- Charlottetown 9
- Saint John 8