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.
A CN Rail freight train has no problem plowing through more than 100 cm of snow in Salisbury, New Brunswick this week following back to back to back winter storms.
Snow this morning near Salisbury, NB, 08 Nov 2012 (courtesy Facebook)
Parts of New Brunswick saw snow for the first time this season today after a Nor’easter barrelled up the Eastern Seaboard.
Greater Moncton had wind and rain but escaped the snow although the white stuff was reported in areas to the south and west including Hillsborough and Salisbury.
Snow also fell in Fredericton but later changed to rain and some schools in western New Brunswick even had a snow day.
Location of forest fire, 08 May 2012 (Google maps)
A forest fire near Salisbury was contained by air and ground crews on Tuesday.
The Department of Natural Resources says the fire began around 2pm and spread in a wooded area off River Glade Road.
DNR crews and local fire crews from Salisbury and Petitcodiac fought the blaze which grew to about 10 hectares in size.
Although the blaze did not threaten any homes, some reports say it did destroy a barn.
No word yet on a cause but this spring has been dry and all of New Brunswick is currently under a “no burn” order.