Aftermath of a historic blizzard, St. John’s, NL, 18 Jan 2020 (Bob Hallett/Twitter)
Eastern Newfoundland has been paralyzed by a blizzard which meteorologists are calling a weather bomb with historic snow and howling winds.
A state of emergency continued Saturday in St. John’s where a new all-time daily snowfall record was set on Friday.
The provincial capital received an astonishing 76.2 cm on 17 January which buried vehicles and left huge snowdrifts making even walking difficult.
The previous daily record was 68.4 cm from 05 April 1999 with records dating to 1942.
Other communities in the Avalon Peninsula recorded more than 90 cm of snow.
Wind gusts exceeded hurricane-force in many areas with a peak of 171 km/h at Fortune Bay.
The Newfoundland premier has asked the federal government to bring in the army for help in the cleanup effort.
Heavy snow in St. John’s, NL, 06 Jan 2020 (Twitter/@kelseyhowlett93)
Just days into the new year, a low pressure system has brought mostly snow to Atlantic Canada especially near the ocean.
For most of Nova Scotia, it was winter’s first major snowfall with up to 15 cm at Halifax Stanfield Airport and nearly 40 cm in Sydney.
The storm grazed Greater Moncton with only 3 cm of snow.
After leaving the Maritimes, the system brought 42 cm snow to St. John’s, Newfoundland and 30 cm to the Burin Peninsula with a peak wind gust of 106 km/h in Bonavista.
Meantime, forecasters say another low pressure system is coming midweek.
A weak low pressure system moved across Nova Scotia just in time to bring heavy snow during the Friday night commute in the Halifax region.
About 4 cm of snow fell in the city with 8-15 cm in other parts of the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Annapolis Valley.
The snow was heavier across northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island with more than 20 cm recorded in some areas.
Southeast New Brunswick was barely affected by this system with only a trace of snow in Greater Moncton.
Meantime, another system which missed the Maritimes hit the Avalon Peninsula where St. John’s was digging out yesterday from 25-30 cm snow.
A fast-moving cold front passed through the Maritimes today on its way to Newfoundland.
Powerful winds developed as a result which knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of customers across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
The Greater Moncton International Airport recorded a gust of almost 90 km/h late this morning with Cape Breton Island reporting winds of more than 100 km/h.
Many locations across Newfoundland had hurricane-force gusts including Bonavista at 126 km/h, Wreckhouse at 107 km/h and St. John’s at 104 km/h.
The cold front also affected Southern Quebec yesterday with gusts of more than 80 km/h in Montreal and Quebec City.
July was a warm month not only in Greater Moncton and New Brunswick but also throughout most of Canada – except for the Far North.
Montreal shattered its monthly record with a mean temperature of 24.1 C – three degrees above normal – and sadly dozens died from not having air conditioning.
Halifax and Toronto were both almost two degrees above normal while Vancouver and Calgary were each more than one degree higher than average.
Even normally cool St. John’s, Newfoundland was 1.6 degrees warmer in July with 15 days reaching daytime highs of 25 C or more.
Only in the Arctic were temperatures lower with Iqaluit, Nunavut nearly one degree below average and Resolute was off by 2.5 degrees – its coldest July since 1964.
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.
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
Trans Canada Highway in Gander, NL, 28 Feb 2018 (NL Transportation & Works)
A late winter storm missed the Maritimes and took aim at Newfoundland instead delivering heavy snow to much of the island on Tuesday.
Schools were closed and many businesses and government offices shut down.
Drivers were urged to avoid the Trans Canada Highway in western Newfoundland as road conditions worsened.
Snow totals as of 11:30 am NT, 28 February:
- Gander 31 cm
- Deer Lake 26 cm
- St. John’s 24 cm
- Stephenville 19 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Heavy snow falling in northeast Moncton, 09 Dec 2017 (Dearing)
A classic snowstorm brought heavy, moisture-laden snow to much of New Brunswick this weekend.
Environment Canada says the heaviest amounts fell in northeast areas of the province with 27 cm at Bathurst and 24 cm at Miscou Island.
Greater Moncton received 15 cm which was exactly what was being forecasted for Southeast New Brunswick.
The same system brought rain and warm temperatures to eastern mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and the island of Newfoundland with a high of 18 C in St. John’s.
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.