Record highs in the Maritimes


Jones Lake, west end Moncton, 18 May 2017 (Dearing)

Summer-like air enveloped the Maritime Provinces with new record high temperatures set in all three provinces yesterday.

Environment Canada says more than a dozen communities in New Brunswick hit new maximums for the date including St. Stephen at 34.0 C (hot spot in Canada), Fredericton at 33.0 C and both Woodstock and Edmundston at 32.0 C.

While the thermometer reached a record-breaking 30.5 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport, the overall 18 May record for Moncton is 31.7 C from 1918.

In Nova Scotia, new records were set in Greenwood and Kejimkujik Park at 32.0 C while Summerside, Prince Edward Island warmed up to 26.3 C.

Brief heat wave coming


Warm weather in Ontario heading to the Maritimes, 17 May 2017 (TWN)

A high pressure system is pushing warm, southerly air into the Maritimes with highs approaching 30 C tomorrow in New Brunswick.

Environment Canada says humidex values could climb to 39 which has led to a Level 1 Heat Alert for Fredericton and St. Stephen.

The provincial health department issues this alert when anyone vulnerable to the heat may be affected.

Greater Moncton could break a record on Thursday if the temperature reaches the forecast high of 28 C.

Nor’easter nails Maritimes


Snow plow clearing streets in Moncton, 10 Feb 2017 (Twitter/CityofMoncton)

The latest Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard with lots of energy as it headed for the Maritimes.

The winter storm brought heavy snow and strong northeast winds to the region.

Snowfall totals as of midday:

St. Stephen: 38 cm

Greater Moncton: 24 cm

Charlottetown: 24 cm

Fredericton: 23 cm

Saint John: 19 cm

Kentville: 19 cm

Yarmouth: 17 cm

Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm

Highest tides of 2016


16 Nov 2016, Courtesy Jeff Boudreau/Facebook

Several factors including this week’s supermoon and a low pressure system over New Brunswick have led to the highest tides of 2016 in the Bay of Fundy.

Two surfers rode the tidal bore up the Petitcodiac River to take advantage of the high tide.

Environment Canada says the tide was on average between 30 and 50 cm above the predicted level by early afternoon.

A storm surge had been in place in Charlotte County with some minor flooding reported along the waterfront in St. Stephen.

Good Friday will be bad for travel


Melting snow in west end Moncton, 24 March 2016 (Dearing)

With a Colorado Low heading to New Brunswick tomorrow bringing a mixed bag of precipitation, travel could be tricky as the Easter long weekend begins.

Environment Canada has issued snowfall and freezing rain warnings for most of the province except the south from an area including Greater Moncton to Saint John and St. Stephen.

The storm originated over the American Rockies in Colorado where more than 30 cm of snow fell before it swept across the Great Plains along with Ontario and Quebec.

NB Power says it is ready for the storm with staff on standby and 60 contractor crews spread over key areas of the province in the event of outages.

Remnants of Bill impact the Maritimes

Sunset over the Wentworth Valley, NS, 20 June 2015 (Dearing)

Sunset over the Wentworth Valley, NS, 20 June 2015 (Dearing)

Although a pink sky appeared last night at sunset, the rain has begun today in Southeast New Brunswick with a rainfall warning issued for the region.

Environment Canada says 15 mm of rain could fall today with another 10 mm possible tomorrow.

The remnants of post-Tropical Storm Bill is behind the moisture with about 25 mm of rain by midday in Woodstock and St. Stephen.

Let the great melt begin!

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)

A huge mountain of snow next to the VIA Rail station, Moncton, NB, 04 March 2015 (Dearing)

Greater Moncton enjoyed its warmest high temperature today (11 March) since Christmas Day.

Environment Canada says the thermometer climbed to 8.8 C and the last time it was that warm was 25 December when the high reached a record-breaking 15.6 C!

With 119 cm of snow still on the ground, more days like this will be needed to melt the deep snow cover.

The warm spot in New Brunswick today was St. Stephen where it reached 11.4 C.

Aftermath of Arthur

Courtesy TWN

Courtesy TWN

Arthur packed quite a punch across the Maritimes yesterday with strong, gusty winds along the Bay of Fundy, across southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

Environment Canada is also reporting impressive rainfall amounts with a whopping 143 mm at St. Stephen – more than a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours!

Meantime, rain was light across Prince Edward Island, eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

Greater Moncton seems to have been spared the worst of Arthur with a peak wind gust of 67 km/h and about 36 mm of rain.

Here’s the heat!

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 28 June 2014 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 28 June 2014 (Dearing)

Ask and you shall receive!

After just wondering where the heat was this month, warm weather finally arrived today after two days of heavy rain.

Many locations in New Brunswick soared above 30 C for the first time since last summer.

The hot spot was St. Stephen at 31.4 C.

Greater Moncton hit 29 C but Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures above 30 C for the next couple days.

Some New Brunswickers still without power

Power crews working in St. George, NB, 28 Dec 2013 (NB Power)

Power crews working in St. George, NB, 28 Dec 2013 (NB Power)

Power crews have been working around the clock since an ice storm impacted New Brunswick almost a week ago.

The hardest hit areas have been St. Stephen and Rothesay  – both experienced almost two straight days of freezing rain and ice pellets.

As of late Sunday morning, some 10,000 power customers in the province were still in the dark and the Red Cross still has so-called warming centres open in schools and community halls to help residents.

Some believe the extended outages could have been prevented if trees had been properly trimmed around power lines but crews say that work often comes with local resistance.