Temperatures sunk early Monday across the Maritimes with some New Brunswick locations shattering records by almost five degrees dating back to the 1880’s.
The bitter cold precedes another storm system which could bring up to 25 cm of snow to southern New Brunswick, most of Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia.
While it plunged to -14.7°C in Greater Moncton, the 1936 record still stands at -16.7°C.
Here are some of the new record lows set in the region on 19 November:
- Bathurst, NB -22.5°C
- Woodstock, NB -21.4°C
- Miramichi, NB -20.2°C
- Kouchibouguac, NB -20.0°C
- Summerside, PE -15.7°C
- Charlottetown, PE -15.2°C
Tree topples over following powerful winds, 04 Nov 2018 (NB Power)
An intense low pressure system moving up from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Maritimes overnight.
The powerful hurricane-force gusts knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 customers in New Brunswick during the height of the storm.
Temperatures were very mild thanks to a southerly flow with highs exceeding 20°C in some areas including a new record of 21.7°C in Cheticamp.
Rainfall amounts (mm):
- Kejimkujik, NS 93
- Alma, NB 85
- Greater Moncton 69
- Fredericton 64
- Saint John 60
- Summerside, PEI 58
- Halifax Stanfield 45
Wind gusts (km/h):
- Bouctouche, NB 119
- North Cape, PEI 117
- Greater Moncton 110
- North Mountain, NS 108
- Grand Etang, NS 106
- Fredericton 102
- Saint John 100
- Halifax Stanfield 100
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
We are now several weeks into the growing season and temperatures are dropping to dangerously cold lows.
Farmers are concerned about damage to crops after a cool air mass and clear skies led to a frigid low of -4 C in parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia overnight.
Greater Moncton dropped to -3.2 C early today which broke the old record of -2.2 C from 1903 and records go back to 1881.
The following new record lows were set on 04 June:
- Kouchibouguac National Park, NB -3.8 C (records since 1924)
- Grand Manan, NB -2.2 C (records since 1883)
- Port Hawkesbury, NS -2.6 C (records since 1875)
- Ingonish, NS -2.2 C (records since 1950)
- Summerside, PEI -1.9 C (records since 1898)
- Charlottetown, PEI -1.0 C (records since 1872)
Traffic on a snowy West Main Street, Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)
The second of three winter storms in less than a week has delivered another dumping of snow but this time it was more evenly distributed throughout the Maritimes.
The snow was heavy and wet especially in Southeast New Brunswick.
Snow totals courtesy of Environment Canada as of 8:30am Saturday, 10 March:
- Caraquet, 29 cm
- Shediac, 27 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, 23 cm
- Bathurst, 20 cm
- Miramichi, 17 cm
- Saint John, 17 cm
- Truro, 17 cm
- Greater Moncton, 16 cm
- Summerside, 16 cm
- Greenwood, 15 cm
- Charlottetown, 12 cm
- Halifax Downtown, 9 cm
- CFB Gagetown, 7 cm
Strong winds were also a factor with peak gusts in km/h:
- Grand Etang, Cape Breton, 154
- East Point, PEI, 82
- Caraquet, 78
Before a cold front swept through the Maritimes, all-time record January highs were set across the region yesterday including 16.7 C at Greater Moncton International Airport.
New Brunswick’s all-time January high was set in Sussex at 17.3 C, narrowly beating the previous provincial record of 17.2 C in Moncton from 08 January 1930.
Nova Scotia’s all-time January record was set yesterday in Greenwood at 19.0 C followed closely by Cheticamp at 18.9 C while on Prince Edward Island, Summerside hit a new monthly high of 13.8 C and St. Peters reached a provincial high of 17.8 C.
Environment Canada says while the latest storm delivered almost 28 mm of rain in Moncton, more than a month’s worth fell in Mechanic Settlement at 128 mm and Bouctouche at 98 mm.
The peak wind gust was clocked in Saint John at 96 km/h.
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.
Downtown Moncton is quiet during blizzard, 16 Feb 2014 (Dearing)
A second winter storm in as many days has blasted New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia with heavy snow and strong winds creating poor visibility.
Police were asking residents to stay home and motorists were being urged to use extreme caution on the roads if they had to venture out.
As I drove to work this morning on Wheeler Boulevard in Moncton, my vehicle became stuck in snow as several vehicles were left stranded ahead of me.
Fortunately, two off-duty paramedics pushed me out shortly after a plow had gone by to clear at least one lane of traffic.
Snow totals and peak wind gusts courtesy Environment Canada:
Greater Moncton Airport 37 cm/ 91 kmh
Bathurst 41 cm/ 74 kmh
Saint John 27 cm/ 82 kmh
Charlottetown 16 cm/ 80 kmh
Summerside 23 cm/ 93 kmh
Blizzard conditions in downtown Moncton, 22 Jan 2013 (Dearing)
The sixth winter storm of the 2013-14 season produced high winds, snow and widespread blowing snow for Southeast New Brunswick.
Greater Moncton received 15 cm of snow from the Nor’easter with a peak wind gust of 82 km/h.
Similar amounts of snow fell along the Fundy coast with far lesser amounts inland.
Nova Scotia took more of a beating from this storm as 24 cm of snow fell in Halifax and about 30 cm in Yarmouth and Sydney along with wind gusts between 70 and 100 km/h.
Prince Edward Island was also hard hit with more than 37 cm of snow in Charlottetown but only 12 cm in Summerside.