December 2018 – Cold & dry

Sun glistening on the ice of Shediac Bay, 30 Dec 2018 (Dearing)

December turned out to be another cold month in Greater Moncton continuing a trend which began in October.

An early Arctic air mass kept daytime highs below freezing for a lengthy ten day stretch.

The month did prove to be less stormier than November with below normal rainfall and snowfall.

While Southeast New Brunswick had a snow cover for a few weeks prior to Christmas, it had mostly disappeared by 25 December.

DECEMBER 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH -1.6°C

Average LOW -10.2°C

AVERAGE -5.9°C (about 1.1 degrees BELOW normal)

Extreme HIGH 12.8°C (22 Dec)

Extreme LOW -16.5°C (09 Dec)

RAINFALL 46.8 mm (slightly BELOW normal)

SNOWFALL 34.7 cm (about 40 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Not quite beach weather yet!

Parlee Beach, NB, 12 April 2014 (Dearing)

Parlee Beach, NB, 12 April 2014 (Dearing)

To help celebrate the arrival of spring, I decided to take a drive to the beach yesterday.

Well, I realized that it’s not exactly beach weather just yet!

Parlee Beach in Shediac was still partially ice covered and Shediac Bay was still mostly frozen over but breaking up quickly.

It was a very different story in 2012, when above normal spring temperatures had been sending sun seekers to the beach since the end of March.