The last day of March proved to be the warmest day in Greater Moncton since 03 November when the thermometer hit 17.1 C.
The daytime high reached a balmy 16.8 C and the New Brunswick hot spot was 19 C in Sussex which brought residents outdoors to walk, run, hike and play.
The maximum was actually close to the record for the date which was 17.5 C from 2006.
But a passing cold front will drop the temperature considerably overnight as rain changes to snow and Monday’s high struggles to reach slightly above freezing.
Flooding at Plumweseep Covered Bridge near Sussex, 25 Jan 2019 (Sussex and Area Events/Facebook)
The beginning of 2019 proved to be wild and crazy in New Brunswick.
Precipitation was well above normal for January as storm after storm brought rain, freezing rain, snow and ice pellets with rapidly fluctuating temperatures.
Ice and snow often blocked storm drains which created flooding during heavy rain and when the thermometer plunged, it all froze.
The average monthly temperature was actually about one degree above normal although it didn’t seem like it given the roller coaster of highs and lows.
JANUARY 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -2.5°C
Average LOW -13.7°C
AVERAGE -8.1°C (about 0.8 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 10.5°C (24 Jan)
Extreme LOW -21.4°C (14 Jan)
RAINFALL 48.9 mm (above 60 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 101.3 cm (about 30 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
View from the Sussex Bluffs, Sussex Corner, NB, 14 Oct 2018 (Dearing)
October 2018 proved to be very different from October 2017 in Southeast New Brunswick.
While it was warm and dry last year in Greater Moncton (the second warmest October since 1881), it was the opposite this year – cool and wet.
Temperatures were below normal with only one day reaching 20°C and a hard frost arrived by mid-month.
Only seven days were dry with three major rainfall events and snow fell on three days – briefly settling on the ground twice.
OCTOBER 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 10.5°C
Average LOW 2.2°C
AVERAGE 6.4°C (about 1.2 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 19.6°C (04 Oct)
Extreme LOW -6.6°C (27 Oct)
RAINFALL 150 mm (estimate; about 40 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 6.2 cm (well ABOVE the normal of 1.2 cm)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)
It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.
Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.
A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.
Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.
Here are some other snowfall totals:
- Kentville, NS 24 cm
- Alma, NB 20 cm
- Yarmouth, NS 18 cm
- Sussex, NB 17 cm
- Charlottetown, PEI 12 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 11 cm
- Bathurst, NB 8 cm
- Saint John, NB 6 cm
The Petitcodiac River in Moncton looking toward Dieppe, 28 January 2018 (Dearing)
The first month of 2018 proved to be quite a roller coaster ride in Southeast New Brunswick.
Bitter cold to begin January was briefly erased by a fast-moving ‘bomb cyclone’ until another Arctic blast sunk the low to -22.3 C with a bitter wind chill of -36.
A record thaw saw the thermometer climb to 16.7 C in Greater Moncton – the highest ever in January – and a new all-time provincial high of 17.3 C in Sussex.
Precipitation was above average overall with near normal snowfall – 25 cm was the heaviest snow event on 30-31 – and about twice as much rainfall.
JANUARY 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -2.0 C
Average LOW -12.6 C
AVERAGE -7.4 C (1.5 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 16.7 C (13 Jan, new all-time monthly high)
Extreme LOW -22.3 C (07 Jan)
RAINFALL 53.3 mm (almost 50 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 77.2 cm (NEAR normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
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.
Power pole and lines dangling in NW Moncton, 25 Jan 2017 (Facebook)
Some residents of New Brunswick have been without power for more than 24 hours after the worst ice storm in recent memory.
NB Power has about 250 crews on the ground and more from neighbouring Nova Scotia trying to restore electricity in what officials are calling a “huge weather event”.
By the end of today, the power utility believes 80 percent of customers in Greater Moncton and Sussex will be back on the grid while 60 percent in Shediac, Sackville and Miramichi should be restored.
Warming centres have opened in several communities where residents can seek shelter and charge their electronic devices.
Fortunately temperatures are not very cold and should not fall below freezing until early Friday.
Multi-vehicle pileup on interstate highway, Middletown, CT, USA, 07 Jan 2017 (Twitter)
A powerful winter storm moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought snowy and icy conditions from Alabama to Maine with more than 30 cm in parts of Virginia.
The low pressure system arrived in the Maritimes this evening with Nova Scotia expected to feel the brunt with up to 40 cm of snow expected.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Greater Moncton, Sussex, Saint John and Fundy National Park with 15-25 cm of snow and strong winds creating blowing snow by Sunday afternoon.
Northern New Brunswick is only expecting a few flurries to slight amounts of snow.
Flooding along Route 148 near Fredericton, 01 Oct 2015 (Global/Facebook)
A moisture-laden storm soaked New Brunswick in a swath from the southwest to the northeast with more than 200 mm of rain in some communities.
Environment Canada says Greater Moncton got off relatively easy at just over 100 mm of precipitation in only 24 hours.
The hardest hit region for flash flooding and road washouts appeared to be a triangle roughly between Fredericton and Saint John and Sussex.
RCMP say one man died in the Sussex area in an accident while trying to protect his home, a group of six duck hunters needed help after their boat sank in Grand Lake and numerous vehicle collisions were reported due to hydroplaning and road washouts.
This is what Moncton family found when they opened their door today, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)
Yet another blizzard has battered the Maritimes with heavy snow and blowing snow throughout the region.
Greater Moncton received 44 cm of snow which is on top of the 93 cm already on the ground.
Prince Edward Island had at least 50 cm and Cape Breton Island was also hard hit by the storm with Sydney getting walloped with almost 60 cm.
Portions of the Trans Canada Highway had to be shut down, the Confederation Bridge was closed, flights were cancelled and Champlain Place Mall didn’t open for two days in a row.
Officials at Poley Mountain Ski Resort near Sussex reported 75 cm of fresh powder today which will likely mean an extended season on the slopes.