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
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)
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
Courtesy NS Department of Transportation
An intense low pressure system off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia brushed the eastern portion of the province and Cape Breton Island with heavy snow.
New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were spared from this storm.
The eastern part of Cape Breton was the hardest hit with almost 35 cm of snow recorded in the Sydney area.
Here are snowfall totals as of 9am ADT, 09 April (in cm):
- Sydney 34.6
- Cheticamp 22
- Halifax Stanfield Airport 23.4
- Dartmouth 14
- Bedford 10
Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)
It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.
Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.
A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.
Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.
Here are some other snowfall totals:
- Kentville, NS 24 cm
- Alma, NB 20 cm
- Yarmouth, NS 18 cm
- Sussex, NB 17 cm
- Charlottetown, PEI 12 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 11 cm
- Bathurst, NB 8 cm
- Saint John, NB 6 cm
A snowbound U.S. Capitol building, Washington DC, 21 March 2018 (Twitter)
The fourth snowstorm this March struck the American Northeast during the first full day of spring with its biggest fury in a stretch from Washington, DC to New York City.
About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow fell in the American capital which was the heaviest this winter and the latest March storm since 1964.
New York City’s Central Park recorded almost 20 cm which pushed the seasonal total above 75 cm for the fifth straight winter.
The Nor’easter didn’t pack much of a punch for Boston – less than 5 cm – but it is heading toward the Maritimes.
Snow covered highway near Okehampton, Devon, UK, 19 March 2018 (Keene/PA)
A blast of cold Siberian air – dubbed “Beast from the East 2.0” – has invaded the United Kingdom bringing heavy snow and icy conditions for the second time this month.
More than 10 cm snow fell in southwest England where a 100 km stretch of the A30 Highway was shut down forcing travellers to seek emergency shelter at a school in Okehampton.
Devon and Cornwall Police warned drivers to stay off the highways until snowplows cleared them and hundreds of schools were closed today.
Forecasters are watching for another wintry cold snap which could affect the UK during Easter weekend.
Wet, heavy snow in NE Moncton, 14 March 2018 (Dearing)
The third Nor’easter in a week to strike Southeast New Brunswick packed less punch than the other two despite predictions it would be the strongest.
Temperatures remained near freezing in Greater Moncton during the snowfall which made it extremely heavy and wet and strong winds gusted to 85 km/h.
The western and northeastern parts of the province were hardest hit from this storm.
Snowfall totals as of 9pm ADT, 14 March:
- Miramichi 46 cm
- Bathurst 40 cm
- Fredericton 38 cm
- Saint John 27 cm
- Greater Moncton 16 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport 12 cm
- Charlottetown 5 cm
Peak wind gusts:
- Grand Etang 146 km/h
- Lunenburg 104 km/h
- Sydney 85 km/h
- Halifax Stanfield 83 km/h