Giraffe in the snow, Sneeuberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 08 Sept 2018 (Facebook)
An intense cold front has gripped South Africa bringing snowfall to southwestern parts of the country.
Temperatures fell below freezing in the Cape Provinces.
More than 10 cm snow forced the closure of roads through some mountain passes in Eastern Cape when trucks got stranded.
Meantime, as much as 100 mm rain drenched the southern coast.
Keep in mind it is still winter in the Southern Hemisphere with spring officially arriving on 23 September.
It may have been the warmest summer in the Maritimes in almost a century but some parts of the region woke up to below freezing temperatures and frost this morning!
That means some areas had a growing season which barely lasted 100 days since the last spring frost for many was 04 June.
Greater Moncton was definitely chilly with an early morning low of 3.0°C which was close to the record low of 1.1°C from 1956.
Here are some of the nippy overnight lows:
- Edmundston, NB -2.0°C
- Woodstock, NB -0.8°C
- Red Pines, NB -0.7°C
- Fredericton, NB 0.1°C
- Upper Stewiacke, NS -0.4°C
- Maple Plains, PEI 1.4°C
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
Flooding forces closure of Randolph Bridge on west side of Saint John, 05 May 2018 (Twitter/City of Saint John)
Some residents are still recovering from the historic spring flooding along the southern St. John River and its tributaries.
Flood levels were elevated between 27 April and 18 May affecting Fredericton, Saint John and areas in between.
By the numbers (provided by Government of New Brunswick):
- 12,000 – properties affected by flooding to some degree
- 2,627 – residents who registered for disaster financial assistance
- 1,871 – residents who asked for health and safety inspection of properties
- 1,110 – households registered with the Canadian Red Cross
- 4,000 – tonnes of debris from flood dumped at landfills
Spring has sputtered in New Brunswick – it was nowhere to be found in March, finally appeared in late April and although May has had a few warm days, the month is still running slightly below normal in Greater Moncton.
So what about summer?
In its seasonal forecast, the Weather Network believes a cool June should give way to more consistent warm weather during July and August.
A humid summer is expected which may result in warmer than normal temperatures at night – overnight lows average about 12 C.
While periods of dry weather are expected, heavy showers and thunderstorms should bring rain totals to near normal for the season.
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
Frost covers a maple leaf (Twitter)
When the temperature dropped to -0.3 C early this morning, frost could be found in Greater Moncton.
The coldest low in New Brunswick was -5.9 C at Edmundston!
Thanks to cool, dry air with no cloud cover, Environment Canada has issued another frost advisory for tonight.
But keep in mind it’s not that unusual based on the 30-year average (1981-2010).
The average last spring frost date is 23 May in Greater Moncton and the first fall frost is 2 October for a growing season of 131 days.
Flooding in Grand Forks, BC, 11 May 2018 (Regional District of Kootenay Boundary)
A combination of heavy rain, warm temperatures and rapid snowmelt from the mountains has created major flooding in Interior British Columbia.
About 4,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes mainly in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.
At the confluence of two rivers – the Granby and the Kettle – the city of Grand Forks has been hardest hit where firefighters have rescued dozens by boat.
The province has issued evacuation orders or alerts in six other regional districts and eight First Nations.
Officials say this spring’s flooding is worse than the devastating floods of 1948.
Tree falls near school bus in Mississauga, Ontario, 04 May 2018 (Twitter/Peel Regional Police)
A rapidly deepening low pressure system created strong winds gusting to hurricane-strength across Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec on Friday knocking down trees and power lines causing massive outages.
Three people were killed by fallen trees and a school bus filled with children in Mississauga had a near miss.
Toronto Pearson Airport had a maximum wind gust of 119 km/h while Montreal Trudeau Airport recorded 117 km/h – both are the windiest days ever in May.
Winds were also powerful on Saturday in Greater Moncton with a wind gust of 100 km/h – the strongest since January.
Dandelions growing in NE Moncton, 02 May 2018 (Dearing)
Dandelions have made their return to Southeast New Brunswick a little later than usual thanks to a cold spring.
The yellow plants or weeds were spotted today when the temperature climbed to 24.5 C in Greater Moncton – the warmest high so far this year.
The hotspot in New Brunswick was St. Stephen at 29 C and Fredericton was not far behind at 28 C.
But a cold front is pushing through the province which will bring rain and dramatically lower temperatures overnight with single digit highs expected tomorrow.