It felt more like mid-spring than late winter across Southern Ontario today.
A mild air mass combined with strengthening February sunshine to set new record highs in the region.
Environment Canada reports April-like maximums for 28 February:
- Sarnia, 16.8 C, old record 15.1 C from 2016
- Toronto Pearson Airport, 16.2 C, old record 14.0 C from 2016
- Windsor, 16.1 C, old record 13.6 C from 2017
- London, 15.1 C, old record 14.2 C from 2016
- Kitchener-Waterloo, 15.0 C, old record 12.4 C from 2016
The beaches of Varadero, Cuba, 15 February 2018 (Dearing)
Let’s face it, winter in Southeast New Brunswick has been a volatile roller coaster ride with wildly fluctuating temperatures and unusual amounts of mixed precipitation.
I wanted an escape, so a two-week vacation getaway to Cuba was in order.
From 06-20 February, the island’s most popular beach destination of Varadero enjoyed daytime highs in the upper 20s C with glorious sunshine and just a few passing clouds.
Winter is the dry season in Cuba and precipitation was light except for a lengthy downpour of rain during just one early morning.
Varadero has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and millions of international visitors – mostly Canadians – flock there every year.
Cherry blossoms in Vancouver,BC,15 April 2017 (CityofVancouver/Twitter)
Canada’s so-called Left Coast may have the mildest winters in the country but along with that comes a lot of cloudy skies and precipitation mostly falling as rain.
After a colder and snowier than usual winter, Vancouver experienced a gloomy March with the least amount of sunshine since records began in 1951 and it rained 28 out of 31 days.
So it’s no wonder, the sight of beautiful pink and white cherry blossoms is causing traffic troubles with so many drivers and pedestrians stopping to admire them.
The peak bloom is a bit later than normal this year thanks to dismal weather causing the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival to reschedule some events.
Pansies are flourishing in NE Moncton, 25 June 2016 (Dearing)
The summer season has gotten off to a great start in Southeast New Brunswick with a fabulous first weekend filled with sunshine and warm temperatures.
Greater Moncton climbed to 27.5 C on Saturday and even warmer today at 29.0 C – just shy of the warmest 2016 high of 29.5 C from 31 May.
Kouchibouguac was the hotspot in the province at 33.2 C.
Even with this round of warm weather, June overall is still running about 1 C below normal compared to the 30-year average with only a few days left to go.
Snow has almost completely melted in NE Moncton, 02 February 2015 (Dearing)
Southwesterly winds and some sunshine helped push the temperature to 11.0 C in Greater Moncton yesterday – just shy of the record high of 12.2 C from 1951.
That means it was the warmest daytime high since 27 November.
The mild weather allowed the snow cover to nearly disappear.
Environment Canada is forecasting another shot of warmth later this week.
Ogilvie Brook, Irishtown Park, Moncton, NB, 29 March 2015 (Dearing)
This was a beautiful March day to go for a walk in the warm spring sunshine.
The daytime high in Greater Moncton may have been a cool 2.7 C today but it was still enough to melt some snow with about 80 cm still lying on the ground.
A storm system passed just south of New Brunswick yesterday and barely delivered a snowflake to the province.
It was a different story in Nova Scotia where Halifax received 20 cm of snow which may have played a role in the “hard landing” of an Air Canada plane at Stanfield Airport early this morning.
Caribbean Sea view from Oasis Palm, Cancun, Mexico, 20 January 2015 (Dearing)
Enjoying a break from the cold in New Brunswick, I’m basking in the warm sunshine of Mexico’s Caribbean Riviera in Cancun.
The sky has been mostly sunny since my arrival on 16 January and daytime temperatures have been consistently in the high 20s Celsius.
A bit of rain has fallen but clouds generally give way to sunshine before too much falls – after all this is the dry season in the region.
Alma, NB, 01 July 2014 (Dearing)
With warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, residents of Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick could not have asked for a better July.
Environment Canada says the average temperature during the month was 2.3 C above the thirty year average while rainfall was about 20 percent above normal.
The only spoiler was Arthur – a nasty post-tropical storm which pounded the province on 05 July with gusty winds at times stronger than hurricane force bringing down trees and power lines.
Thousands went without electricity for days in the Fredericton area.
JULY 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH. 26.9 C
Average LOW. 15.3 C
AVERAGE. 21.1 C (about 2.3 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH. 31.3 C (01 July)
Extreme LOW. 11.3 (05, 06 July)
Rainfall 112.6 mm (about 20 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada based on period 1981-2010)
Hardy daffodils growing in downtown Moncton, 09 May 2014 (Dearing)
Southeast New Brunswick has been suffering from a lack of sunshine this spring and we can’t seem to get two warm, sunny days in a row.
For example, the temperature in Greater Moncton climbed to a balmy high of 20.3°C on Sunday (with little sun I might add) but yesterday we only managed to reach a bone-chilling 7.0°C.
The sun did shine today and my postman greeted me by saying “I think this is the second sunny day this year!”.
Sadly, he’s not exaggerating that much.
As for tomorrow… more cloud than sun is in the forecast but at least it will be mild.
Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele, NB, 29 Sept 2013 (Dearing)
Although it was the last weekend of September and fall is officially here, it turned out to be a great weekend for the beach in Southeast New Brunswick.
I visited Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele today with friends and it was absolutely glorious – sunshine with barely a cloud in the sky and a temperature near 24°C!
It could easily have been any day in July – unfortunately it wasn’t – but here’s hoping for more warm, sunny autumn days!