Snow falls in Gander, NL (GNL Highway Cameras)
When it snows in June it might as well be January which gives us a new month called Juneuary!
It may now be summer but an icy rain changed to snow in central Newfoundland and the Cape Breton Highlands today.
Gander set a new record with 2 cm of snow and Environment Canada said it has never snowed on 26 June before.
Thanks to a chilly rain, Greater Moncton reached a daytime high of only 11.0 C yesterday which was colder than the average overnight low of 12 C.
Average temperatures in Southeast New Brunswick have been running about three degrees below normal this month.
Dorchester Beach, NB, 17 June 2018 (Dearing)
Spring had its inevitable ups and downs in Southeast New Brunswick but overall the average temperature was close to normal for March, April and May.
March was very stormy with a parade of Nor’easters which led to the highest snow depth of the winter in Greater Moncton by the end of the month.
April was slightly colder than normal with chilly nights until mid-month and the last measurable snow fell on the 21st.
May had slightly above normal temperatures overall thanks to 14 days with daytime highs of 20 C or more but nights remained cold with single digit lows.
So far this June, the mean temperature is running three degrees below average with a hard frost on the 4th which was the coldest minimum since 16 April.
METEOROLOGICAL SPRING at the Greater Moncton International Airport
Average -1.7 C (1.2 degrees ABOVE normal)
Snowfall: well above normal, Rainfall: well below normal
Average 3.2 C (0.3 degrees BELOW normal)
Snowfall: below normal, Rainfall: above normal
Average 10.3 C (0.3 degrees ABOVE normal)
Rainfall: below normal, Snowfall: nil
Frost covers a maple leaf (Twitter)
New Brunswick and most of Nova Scotia are under a frost advisory for tonight and tomorrow night.
Cold air, light winds and few clouds will allow temperatures to fall near the freezing point and patchy frost is expected.
The average last frost date in spring for Greater Moncton is 23 May.
Farmers are already suffering from tremendous losses in the region with crops such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries and apples being hit by a recent hard frost with a low of -4 C in some areas.
June has gotten off to cold start with snow flurries reported in Charlottetown this week and accumulating snow in the highlands of Cape Breton and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Highway camera image courtesy NL Government
While not uncommon, the end of May is still late – and record breaking – for a significant snowfall of 36 cm in Gander.
A low pressure system brought strong winds and rain which turned to snow over northeast Newfoundland when the temperature fell to the freezing point.
Burgeo recorded a peak wind gust of 95 km/h as did Bonavista which also picked up 40 mm of rain.
Snowfall totals as of 3:30pm NDT:
- Gander 36 cm
- Lewisporte 26 cm
- Badger 16 cm
- Twillingate 11 cm
While a snowflake or two is common in early May in New Brunswick, accumulating snow is rare in the latter part of the month.
A cold front pushed through the province today and with a change in wind direction from south to north, precipitation changed from rain to snow and the thermometer plummeted.
Bathurst and Miramichi both reported snow today and in some areas it began to stick to the ground while thunderstorms rolled through further south.
In Greater Moncton, the temperature drop was dramatic with a high of 16 C at 11am and by 4pm it was only 5 C.
Meantime, parts of central Newfoundland are under a snowfall warning with 15 to 30 cm in the forecast.
Tree is budding at Fairview Knoll Park, NE Moncton, 28 April 2018 (Dearing)
Spring was mostly absent during the first two-thirds of April in Greater Moncton with daytime highs often barely above freezing and overnight lows which were much colder than normal.
Suddenly spring arrived during the last third of the month when temperatures jumped to 20 C and higher by day and above freezing by night.
While more rain fell during April compared to average, snowfall was scant which led to below normal precipitation overall.
The seasonal snow cover finally melted by mid-month but it had disappeared twice (late January and early March) since mid-December.
APRIL 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 8.1 C
Average LOW -1.8 C
AVERAGE 3.2 C (about 0.3 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 21.2 C (24 April)
Extreme LOW -9.6 C (16 April)
RAINFALL 73.4 mm (slightly ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 8.4 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Light dusting of snow in NE Moncton, 20 April 2018 (Dearing)
Could this finally be the last snow of the season?
About 5 cm of snow was recorded at the Greater Moncton International Airport yesterday although it only stuck to grassy surfaces, vehicles and rooftops and didn’t settle on pavement.
Another dusting of snow fell this morning in Greater Moncton but again didn’t stick to paved surfaces.
Coincidentally, several centimetres of snow fell on 20 April last year too.
Forecasters say a warming trend is coming with temperatures finally getting into the double digits this week.
Top photo is from 09 April, Bottom photo is from 19 April, NE Moncton (Dearing)
The snow has finally vanished from the front lawn of my home in northeast Moncton!
The top photo shows a lot of snow on 09 April while the last of it melted by 19 April in the bottom photo.
Despite below normal temperatures which struggled to reach 10 C, the snow disappeared in just 10 days.
A tree falls onto an SUV in an ice storm, East York, Toronto, ON, 15 April 2018 (R. Johnston/Toronto Star)
A slow moving low pressure system brought a wintry mix of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain and strong winds to Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec over the weekend.
Icy conditions led to more than 1,600 highway crashes, numerous power outages from falling trees and downed lines, cancelled flights, transit delays and school closures.
Officials were forced to close the CN Tower due to falling ice from the structure.
Here are some totals from the spring storm as of 16 April at 2pm EDT:
- Toronto Pearson Airport – 18 hours of ice pellets, 6 hours of freezing rain, 12 cm ice pellets.
- Toronto Billy Bishop Airport – Peak wind gust of 96km/h
- London – 14 hours of freezing rain with ice pellets
- Windsor – 6 hours of freezing rain
- Hamilton – 11 hours of ice pellets, 6 hours of freezing rain and ice pellets, 8 hours of freezing rain
- Ottawa – 9 hours of freezing rain Sunday, 6 hours of freezing rain Monday, wind gusts to 70 km/h
- Montreal – 9 hours of freezing rain Saturday, 4 hours of freezing rain Sunday, 3 hours freezing rain Monday
- Quebec City – 5 hours of freezing rain Monday
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Heavy snow in Corner Brook, NL, 09 April 2018 (Smallwood/Twitter)
After delivering a punch to eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, a low pressure system rapidly intensified over Newfoundland with strong winds and heavy snow creating blizzard conditions.
Snowfall was heaviest in western Newfoundland while the eastern island received freezing rain, ice pellets and rain.
Snowfall totals as of 9am NDT, 10 April:
- St. Anthony 42 cm
- Corner Brook 37 cm
- Deer Lake 27 cm
- Gander 18 cm
- Cape Race 32 mm
- St. John’s 24 mm
Peak wind gusts:
- Bonavista 126 km/h
- St. Anthony 120 km/h
- Gander 119 km/h
- St. John’s 115 km/h