Flooding destroys roads, bridges across southern N.B.



Kay Road is washed out by flooding in McKees Mills, Kent County, NB, 14 Jan 2018 (91.9 The Bend/Facebook)

Heavy rain and fast melting snow from the weekend storm swelled rivers and streams throughout Southern New Brunswick.

Floodwaters swept away culverts and damaged bridges including the historic covered Bell Bridge which crews say is beyond repair and will be torn down.

Washouts and severe erosion forced the Department of Transportation to close dozens of roads and reduce others to one lane.

Residents have been urged to report storm damage to the provincial Emergency Measures Organization and contact their insurance companies for losses.


Much needed rain arrives

Heavy downpour during thunderstorm in NE Moncton, 11 Aug 2017 (Dearing)

A thunderstorm rolled through Greater Moncton on Friday afternoon and it was a welcome sight when two periods of downpours brought much needed rain.

A fire ban had been in place across Southern New Brunswick but more rain today lowered the fire hazard and burning is now allowed from 8pm to 8am.

The last significant rainfall in Greater Moncton was 8.2 mm on 21 July and prior to that it was 21.2 mm on 24 June.

Agriculture Canada has declared that much of Prince Edward Island is experiencing a drought with little rain since early June.

Welcome summer 2016!

SolsticeSummer officially arrived at 7:34pm ADT in New Brunswick.

At 15 hours, 46 minutes, 3 seconds, this was the longest day of the year in Greater Moncton and starting tomorrow the days will begin to shorten again.

Warm weather arrived just in time for the summer solstice with a high of 29.0 C yesterday and 27.1 C today.

Environment Canada is forecasting warmer than normal temperatures in Southern New Brunswick during late June and early July.

Spring has not sprung yet…


A winter wonderland again after a Nor’easter, NE Moncton, 22 March 2016 (Dearing)

Whatever had started sprouting out of the ground is now covered by 23 cm of snow which fell in Greater Moncton yesterday.

Snow totals of 20 to 30 cm were common across Southern New Brunswick from this spring Nor’easter while the Acadian Peninsula felt the brunt with nearly 50 cm.

Lesser amounts ranging from 5 to 15 cm of snow fell over most of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Meantime, forecasters are watching a Colorado Low which will move into the Maritimes late Thursday/early Friday and bring a mixed bag of wintry precipitation.

Significant rainfall possible for N.B.

Beautiful pink sky at sunset in NE Moncton, 28 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Beautiful pink sky at sunset in NE Moncton, 28 Sept 2015 (Dearing)

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Southern New Brunswick over the potential for significant rainfall starting mid-week.

A slow moving cold front will approach the Maritimes Tuesday night and could draw in tropical moisture from a system off the Eastern Seaboard.

Rain would begin by Wednesday afternoon with heavy downpours possible by early Thursday.

Forecasters say there is still uncertainty but long range models suggest 100 mm or more for the event.

Blizzard heading for the Maritimes

650x366_01260002_hd31A major weather system will impact New Brunswick on Tuesday according to Environment Canada.

Snow is forecast to begin early Tuesday morning in Southern New Brunswick and spread northward through the day.

The system will bring strong winds creating blowing and drifting snow.

Generally 15 to 30 centimetres of snow can be expected for most of the province with local totals possibly exceeding that amount.

More rain in store for Southern New Brunswick

590x393_12151951_queBelieve it or not it’s happening again!

More rain is on the way for Southern New Brunswick after record rainfall amounts only last week saw Greater Moncton recording more than 150 mm.

A low pressure system is heading northeastward from the Gulf of Maine and will bring rain to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Southern New Brunswick with freezing rain and snow to central and northern parts of the province.

Fortunately for already soaked parts of the region, forecasters say much less rain will fall in this storm.

UPDATE – In Greater Moncton, the system brought 34 mm of rain, 6 cm snow and nearly 5 hours of freezing rain from 17-19 December.

TWN unveils summer 2014 forecast

TWN summer 2014The Weather Network has unveiled details about a season the most Canadians are especially looking forward to this year – summer.

TWN believes temperatures in Southern New Brunswick will be normal to slightly above normal for the months of June, July and August.

Precipitation is expected to be normal to slightly below normal throughout the region.

TWN adds that El Niño is developing in the Pacific Ocean which will likely mean fewer total storms affecting Atlantic Canada this fall and upcoming winter with an average risk of tropical systems impacting the region.

Southern N.B. inundated by floodwaters

RV dealership under floodwaters near Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

RV dealership under floodwaters near Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

Gateway Mall in Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

Gateway Mall in Sussex, 16 April 2014 (Facebook)

A combination of heavy rain and melting snow forced many rivers and creeks to spill their banks across Southern New Brunswick today and the run-off often couldn’t be absorbed by the still partially frozen ground.

Many streets in Greater Moncton, especially in low lying or marshy areas, were forced to close or partially close due to floodwaters.

The Sussex area was especially hard hit after an ice jam in the nearby Kennebecasis River and the fast flowing Trout Creek forced water into the downtown area and nearby subdivisions in Sussex Corner.

Some residents had to be rescued by boat today after water surrounded their homes.

The flooding comes amid a dramatic temperature drop caused by a strong cold front which brought down the temperature in Greater Moncton from 15 C at 5-am to only 1 C by 1-pm.

Great snow melt begins


Snow cover NE Moncton, 10 March 2012 (Dearing photo)

After having a consistent snow cover in Greater Moncton since 01 February, warmer temperatures in recent days have led to the beginning of what I call “The Great Snow Melt” – an annual March weather event.

Despite a rather chilly weekend, snow continued to melt thanks to strong sunshine on Saturday and above freezing temperatures on Sunday.

Environment Canada data shows 4 cm of snow on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport as of Sunday at 9-am. 

Temperatures are forecast to climb to 10 C or higher today across Southern New Brunswick.