Cape Breton drenched again

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A stream overflows in north end Sydney, NS, 11 May 2017 (Cape Breton Post)

Parts of Cape Breton Island were flooded by a deluge of rain barely six months ago – Thanksgiving weekend – and this week it’s happening again.

The ground is saturated with water after more than 160 mm of rain since the weekend and some Sydney residents are dealing with flooded basements.

Rain and snow melt from the Cape Breton highlands is being blamed for washouts along sections of the Cabot Trail and its side roads.

Road crews are working overtime making repairs before the busy tourism season begins in a few weeks.

Snow buries central Newfoundland

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Snow nearly buries two-storey homes in Gander, NL, 04 April 2017 (Twitter)


Residents of Gander might be asking, what have we done to deserve this Mother Nature?

Snow has finally stopped falling central Newfoundland after an exceptional stretch of blizzards which have brought a record 135 cm in just six days.

Drivers were being urged to stay off highways in the region as the plows struggled and often got stuck keeping up with the heavy snow.

Schools were closed for a third day and many businesses and government offices were shuttered.

Meteorologists say Gander now has 241 cm of snow on the ground which is an all-time record beating 174 cm from 2004.

Rain and milder temperatures are in the forecast which raises concerns about rapid snow melt and possible flooding by next week.

Great snow melt underway

Snow melting in Riverview, 24 Feb 2017 (Dearing)

Mild temperatures have been melting lots of snow in Southeast New Brunswick this week.

Greater Moncton now has about 50 cm on the ground compared to more than 110 cm only a week ago.

The daytime high climbed to 11.5 C at the airport on Friday but a private weather station recorded a maximum of 14.6 C at Jones Lake.

Environment Canada is forecasting the warmth to continue for the next few days with a sudden cold snap expected to arrive later in the week.

Dirty, ugly snowbanks linger in NB

A huge, dirty pile of snow at Moncton Coliseum, 21 May 2015 (Dearing)

A huge, dirty pile of snow at Moncton Coliseum, 21 May 2015 (Dearing)

We are now entering late May and ugly piles of snow still remain in Greater Moncton.

April lacked heat in New Brunswick and after a near record breaking seasonal snowfall, the numerous piles of white have been slow to melt.

For that reason, forecasters say it was the most ideal spring in recent memory and major flooding problems were avoided.

April 2014 – Disappointing start to spring

Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)

Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)

Many might be surprised to learn that the average temperature in Greater Moncton in April 2014 was actually slightly above normal which seems odd given the chilly, wet and overall dreary weather.

A lack of sunshine, a lingering snow cover (which didn’t disappear until 18 April) and damp conditions slowed the arrival of spring and felt like a continuation of the severe winter we just had.

Above normal rainfall, a rapid snow melt and ice break up in rivers led to historic flooding in the Sussex region, swept away a covered bridge and washed out roads – many of which are still partially or fully closed weeks later.

APRIL 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 8.3 C

Average LOW -0.8 C

AVERAGE 3.7 C (0.2 degrees ABOVE the thirty-year average, 1981-2010)

Extreme HIGH 19.9 C (15 Apr)

Extreme LOW -7.1 C (17 Apr)

Rainfall 96.4 mm (30 percent ABOVE normal)

Snowfall 14.4 cm (50 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)