Rain, freezing rain cause flooding

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
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1-2-3 New Year Punch

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:

Snowfall (cm)

  • Miramichi  up to 55
  • Caraquet  up to 44
  • Bathurst  28
  • Kouchibouguac  28
  • Shediac  27
  • Alma  26
  • Greater Moncton  21
  • Fredericton  15
  • Saint John  5

Rainfall  (mm)

  • Grand Manan  30
  • Saint John  25
  • Alma  19
  • St. Stephen  13
  • Fredericton  5
  • Greater Moncton  5

Record highs in Maritimes

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

Winter arrives with a deluge

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

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)
  • 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

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    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