Snowflakes falling in NE Moncton, 14 May 2019 (Dearing)
Sprinter is a portmanteau of spring and winter which aptly describes the recent weather in Southeast New Brunswick.
Already mid-May, Environment Canada indicates Greater Moncton is running about three degrees below normal for the month.
Snow mixed in with rain last night and 0.6 cm was recorded at the airport.
Today’s daytime high was 5.3°C and the forecast shows little change for tomorrow.
The Victoria Day long weekend is expected to bring some sunshine but temperatures will remain below seasonable.
The United Kingdom has been getting its fair share of fine weather this spring and the Easter weekend was no exception.
London’s Heathrow Airport climbed to a record breaking 24.6°C.
Temperatures are finally starting to climb into the double digits here in Southeast New Brunswick but when will it reach the 20°C benchmark?
Since 2014 (see above chart), the average date in Greater Moncton has ranged from mid-April to early May although in 2012 it was in late March.
In other words, it could reach 20°C very soon.
However, Environment Canada’s five-day forecast shows a cool down coming and a high no greater than 14°C expected.
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 31 Mar 2019 (Dearing)
March seemed quite cold overall in Southeast New Brunswick especially given some frigid overnight lows during the first ten days of the month.
Daytime highs improved dramatically after that culminating with a maximum of 16.8°C on the 31st.
However, only two days recorded temperatures with both highs and lows above freezing.
The month was also very dry with less than half of the normal rainfall and snowfall received.
MARCH 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 2.4°C
Average LOW -7.4°C
AVERAGE -2.5°C (about 0.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 16.8°C (31 Mar)
Extreme LOW -18.7°C (08 Mar)
RAINFALL 26.4 mm (about 50 percent BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 35.6 cm (about 50 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
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.
A warm air mass has surged into Western Canada this week bringing record temperatures to the region and also to the North.
Many communities from Yukon to Nunavut were well above freezing and into the double digits breaking March records.
Yohin Lake hit a record high of 18.8°C Monday and spiked to 20.2°C Tuesday marking the first time in March the thermometer has climbed above 20°C in Northwest Territories.
Daytime highs in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley hit the mid 20’s while Alberta residents enjoyed maximums in the high teens.
The Weather Network has unveiled its spring 2019 forecast covering March, April and May – so what can New Brunswick expect?
It’s been a long, cold and stormy winter which began in mid-November but TWN believes after another cold wave in early March, a warmer pattern will develop later in the month.
Meteorologist Michael Carter says more consistent spring-like weather is possible by early April.
Both temperatures and precipitation are expected to be near normal for the season.
Carter adds flooding is a possibility given normal spring run-off combined with any rain or snow that falls.
But he thinks it won’t be as stormy this spring compared to past years.
Victoria, BC, 12 Feb 2019 (Royal BC Museum Inner Harbour Webcam)
Wintry weather doesn’t visit the coast of British Columbia very often but it certainly causes disruption when it arrives.
Following back to back snow days, Vancouver has picked up almost 25 cm of snow with higher amounts in the Fraser Valley and Victoria has recorded more than 40 cm.
An Arctic outflow pushing temperatures below freezing combined with low pressure off Vancouver Island is creating snowy rather than more typical rainy conditions.
Traffic and transit services were snarled, schools were cancelled and scattered power outages kept crews busy in the region.
Aftermath of ice storm in NE Moncton, 08 Feb 2019 (Dearing)
Southern New Brunswick received several hours of freezing rain Friday morning – enough to make highways and other surfaces extremely icy.
Schools were cancelled, many businesses delayed opening until midday, pedestrians were forced to walk like penguins and even salt trucks slid off the road in Nova Scotia.
Ice coated my own steps to the point where I had to slide down them and crawl to my car which was a few metres away.
Greater Moncton only received about 10 mm of rain but the water eventually froze when a cold front followed the ice storm and temperatures plummeted by early Saturday.
Winds were also strong behind the system gusting at times up to 90 km/h.
Environment Canada is forecasting colder than normal weather but mostly clear skies over the next few days.
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)