Stormy Saturday in Maritimes

Ominous sky over Moncton, 10 Aug 2019 (B. Smith-Peterson/Facebook)

A line of strong thunderstorms moved across New Brunswick, western Prince Edward Island and eastern Nova Scotia on Saturday bringing heavy downpours, hail and strong winds.

Greater Moncton was under a severe thunderstorm warning for a few hours with hail about 1 cm in diameter being reported outside the city.

Heavy rain also caused flash flooding in downtown Shediac with social media posts showing vehicles making their way through water clogged streets.

Temperatures also plunged from the low 20s to the mid-teens as the storms passed.

Although the rain is needed, concert goers might disagree with the first show being staged on Magnetic Hill today in four years.

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

Winter storm 2 of 3

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Traffic on a snowy West Main Street, Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)

The second of three winter storms in less than a week has delivered another dumping of snow but this time it was more evenly distributed throughout the Maritimes.

The snow was heavy and wet especially in Southeast New Brunswick.

Snow totals courtesy of Environment Canada as of 8:30am Saturday, 10 March:

  • Caraquet, 29 cm
  • Shediac, 27 cm
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport, 23 cm
  • Bathurst, 20 cm
  • Miramichi, 17 cm
  • Saint John, 17 cm
  • Truro, 17 cm
  • Greater Moncton, 16 cm
  • Summerside, 16 cm
  • Greenwood, 15 cm
  • Charlottetown, 12 cm
  • Halifax Downtown, 9 cm
  • CFB Gagetown, 7 cm

Strong winds were also a factor with peak gusts in km/h:

  • Grand Etang, Cape Breton, 154
  • East Point, PEI, 82
  • Caraquet, 78

Snow barely brushes Greater Moncton

A low pressure system passed south of New Brunswick on Thursday and brought snow to the northern part of the province.

The same storm also delivered snow to eastern Quebec including Quebec City and Saguenay late Wednesday.

Greater Moncton was left relatively unscathed with about 6 cm of snow and freezing rain just in time to make the evening commute rather slippery.

Updated summary of snowfall as of 8:00 A.M. Friday:

  • Edmundston  20 cm
  • Bathurst  19 cm
  • Miramichi  17 cm
  • Kouchibouguac  15 cm
  • Charlo  10 cm
  • Bouctouche  8 cm
  • Shediac  8 cm

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

NB ice storm cleanup continues

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Power pole and lines dangling in NW Moncton, 25 Jan 2017 (Facebook)


Some residents of New Brunswick have been without power for more than 24 hours after the worst ice storm in recent memory.

NB Power has about 250 crews on the ground and more from neighbouring Nova Scotia trying to restore electricity in what officials are calling a “huge weather event”.

By the end of today, the power utility believes 80 percent of customers in Greater Moncton and Sussex will be back on the grid while 60 percent in Shediac, Sackville and Miramichi should be restored.

Warming centres have opened in several communities where residents can seek shelter and charge their electronic devices.

Fortunately temperatures are not very cold and should not fall below freezing until early Friday.

Wintry day in the Southeast

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NB Highway Camera, Shediac, NB, 17 Nov 2015

One of the coldest days yet this fall in Southeast New Brunswick began with accumulating snow on the outskirts of Greater Moncton and ended in a clear, frosty night falling to -4°C before midnight.

About 5 cm of snow fell this morning in the Shediac area and snow plows hit the roads for the first time this season.

Nova Scotia’s Cumberland and Colchester counties also had several centimetres of snow with slippery roads blamed for a vehicle rollover near Springhill.

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.

No April Fool’s – a nasty ice storm!

Courtesy TWN, 01 April 2014

Courtesy TWN, 01 April 2014

Students in Southeast New Brunswick enjoyed another day off today as a stubborn low pressure system stalled over the region bringing strong winds, snow, rain, freezing rain and ice pellets.

The storm has knocked down power lines and poles thanks to falling branches and trees.

Many have been without power in the Shediac and Bouctouche areas since Sunday night and warming centres have opened for those needing refuge.

I lost power in my northeast Moncton neighbourhood for almost three hours last night and the drive home was slow due to traffic light outages which often led to chaos at intersections.

Bye bye summer!

Aboiteau Wharf at Cap-Pele, NB, 21 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Wharf at Cap-Pele, NB, 21 Sept 2013 (Dearing)

It was only fitting that I spent the last full day of astronomical summer 2013 at the beach!

Parlee Beach in Shediac and the beach at Aboiteau Wharf in Cap-Pele were my destinations.

The weather was amazing – a light breeze under a sunny sky with a temperature in the low 20’s C.

The overall summer in Greater Moncton was wetter than normal but with above average temperatures according to Environment Canada.

August 2013 – Warm and dry

Parlee Beach, Shediac, NB, 11 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

Parlee Beach, Shediac, NB, 11 August 2013 (Dearing photo)

August 2013 didn’t prove to be too warm in Greater Moncton – with the exception of a couple days that reached 30°C – but there were plenty of mild days and evenings which was enough to push the average temperature above normal for the month.

Compared to June and July, August wasn’t plagued with thunderstorms and torrential downpours and only had a couple of really wet days which led to below normal precipitation for the month.

AUGUST 2013 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH 24.7°C

Average LOW 12.7°C

AVERAGE 18.6°C (about 0.7 degrees above normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)

Extreme HIGH 30.5°C (22 Aug)

Extreme LOW 7.5°C (25 Aug)

Rainfall 57.8 mm (about 27 percent below normal for the 30-year-average 1971-2000)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)