Heavy snow in Cartwright, Labrador, NL, 21 May 2017 (Twitter)
The Victoria Day long weekend is considered the unofficial start to summer in most of Canada but not Newfoundland and Labrador this year.
More than 50 cm of snow fell in southeastern Labrador and between 20 and 30 cm was recorded in western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula.
Campers in Gros Morne National Park had fires one evening and then woke up to white the next morning.
St. John’s also picked up about 4 cm of snow which was the snowiest May long weekend since 1991.
Walking trail in Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 18 March 2017 (Dearing)
Winter just wouldn’t let go of its grip on Southeast New Brunswick during March.
Overnight lows were extremely cold especially during the first half of the month.
Daytime highs were often very chilly and barely climbed above freezing even during the last week.
Oddly enough, the maximum temperature in February was actually warmer than all of March.
Precipitation was below normal overall but snow did fall on 22 of 31 days.
MARCH 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 0.3 C
Average LOW -9.0 C
AVERAGE -4.4 C (about 1.5 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 9.7 C (01 March)
Extreme LOW -20.1 C (11 March)
RAINFALL 17.6 mm (about 65 percent BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 53.1 cm (about 20 percent BELOW normal)
(courtesy Environment Canada)
Multi-vehicle pileup on interstate highway, Middletown, CT, USA, 07 Jan 2017 (Twitter)
A powerful winter storm moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought snowy and icy conditions from Alabama to Maine with more than 30 cm in parts of Virginia.
The low pressure system arrived in the Maritimes this evening with Nova Scotia expected to feel the brunt with up to 40 cm of snow expected.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Greater Moncton, Sussex, Saint John and Fundy National Park with 15-25 cm of snow and strong winds creating blowing snow by Sunday afternoon.
Northern New Brunswick is only expecting a few flurries to slight amounts of snow.
Not exactly a White Christmas in Truro, NS, 25 Dec 2016 (Dearing)
While most of New Brunswick was covered in snow on 25 December, many parts of Nova Scotia including Truro had a Green Christmas Day.
While there were a couple of snow squalls during the day which produced a trace or so, it was mostly sunny with a strong, cold wind in central Nova Scotia.
As a child growing up in this area, having a White Christmas was always a toss up with some years being snowy while other years were rainy.
More white is on the way as a Colorado Low approaches from the American Midwest and Central Canada with a mixed bag of precipitation expected.
Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)
As of yesterday, 03 April, Environment Canada recorded about 80 cm of snow on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.
Without a doubt that is a lot of snow for early April and early spring but incredibly not a record.
It was also very snowy during the same period in 1967 – 47 years ago! – when 84 cm of snow was lying on the ground.
However, the melting has already begun and the forecast is calling for near normal or slightly above normal temperatures for the next week.
The above picture shows the mountain of snow piled outside my home in NE Moncton and every week I will post an updated shot until it has all melted away.
Winter is coming to an end in the Northern Hemisphere – meteorological winter that is, which includes the months of December, January and February.
The three month period has proven to be quite a rollercoaster ride in Southeast New Brunswick.
A series of wintry weather systems including a lengthy ice storm in late December followed by a prolonged January thaw and a very snowy February has led to an interesting season so far.