Record lows in Maritimes

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)

Winter storm 2 of 3


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

White Christmas across Canada


Barely white on Christmas morning in Truro, NS, 25 December 2017 (Dearing)

Technically in Truro, Nova Scotia, it wasn’t a White Christmas with snow falling later in the morning which changed to freezing rain, ice pellets and eventually rain.

But by late afternoon, winds gusted to almost 100 km/h which knocked down trees and power lines leaving thousands in the dark on Christmas Day.

In Greater Moncton, snow and blowing snow were factors on December 25 with about 20 cm accumulating – the heaviest snowfall so far this season.

Across Canada, Vancouver had a trace of white for Christmas while Victoria had 3 cm of snow.

Calgary is still digging out from a 30 cm snowfall a few days ago, Winnipeg had its coldest Christmas in 20 years plunging to -30 C and Toronto picked up 10 cm during the day.

Snow here and there


A ridge of clouds as the sun rises over northern Nova Scotia near Truro, 15 Dec 2017 (Dearing)

A ridge of clouds as the sun rose over northern Nova Scotia was an awesome sight to behold during a trip from Moncton to Halifax on Friday.

Although Greater Moncton lost most of its snow cover due to rain a few days ago, Truro picked up some snow early Friday (5-10 cm) but Halifax was snow-free.

The Nova Scotia capital did pick up a few centimetres early Saturday but Truro and Moncton didn’t.

But the entire Maritimes is under an Arctic air mass which has brought cold wind chills to -25 and daytime highs well below freezing.

Rainfall warning for Christmas across N.B.

nb_eIt seems hard to believe but the entire province of New Brunswick is under a rainfall warning on this Christmas Day 2014.

Even a meteorologist at Environment Canada called it unusual and noted how he never saw that before on 25 December.

The soaking low pressure system has also brought record breaking high temperatures as well.

Greater Moncton reached 15.6 C which broke the old record of 13.3 C from 1996.

The hot spot in Canada today was CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia at 18.5 C.

Pansies were found growing where I spent the day in Truro.

Atlantic storm slams Nova Scotia

Flooding in Great Village, NS, 22 Sept 2014 (Twitter)

Flooding in Great Village, NS, 22 Sept 2014 (Twitter)

A strong Atlantic storm which moved across the Maritimes yesterday hit Nova Scotia the hardest with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain causing localized flooding.

In Great Village near Truro, a river spilled its banks after 50 mm of rain fell in just a few hours flooding homes and businesses.

Many trees and branches came down on Cape Breton Island after winds exceeded 120 km/h.

Greater Moncton felt the storm too with almost 40 mm of rain and a peak wind gust of 63 km/h.

Maritimes digs out from monster blizzard

Blizzard aftermath in Moncton, 27 March 2014 (Twitter)

Blizzard aftermath in Moncton, 27 March 2014 (Twitter)

Schools were closed for a second straight day in Greater Moncton after a massive blizzard brought heavy snow and strong, gusty winds which created poor visibility and whiteout conditions.

The Confederation Bridge was closed almost all day due to the winds and Cobequid Pass was shut down overnight due to blowing and drifting snow.

The spring blizzard of ’14 delivered some impressive numbers both in terms of snowfall and peak wind gusts:

Charlottetown, PEI. 53 cm/ 93 km/h

Greenwood, NS. 42 cm/ 102 km/h

Greater Moncton Airport. 41 cm/ 98 km/h

Digby, NS. 34 cm/ 111 km/h

Truro, NS. 28 cm/ 102 km/h

Saint John, NB. 28 cm/ 111 km/h

Halifax Stanfield Airport. 21 cm/ 100 km/h

Severe thunderstorms rumble across NB

Ominous clouds near Amherst, NS, 21 June 2013 (Dearing)

Ominous clouds near Amherst, NS, 21 June 2013 (Dearing)

A series of severe thunderstorms rolled across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia yesterday.

I encountered one as I was driving from Truro to Moncton last evening.

Big, ominous clouds could be seen as I approached Amherst on the Trans Canada Highway.

Then a sudden downpour occurred near Sackville and for a few seconds visibility was down to zero with many vehicles choosing to pull over to the side of the road until the heavy rain subsided.

Rainy end to summer

Courtesy The Weather Network

The warm, dry summer of 2012 in Greater Moncton is ending on a wet note.

Environment Canada is forecasting about 30 mm of rain for Southeast New Brunswick although some areas including Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island could receive up to 60 mm.

A slow-moving low pressure system is to blame for the wet weather but the temperatures will be warm with highs in the low 20’s C for Saturday.

The precipitation is definitely not needed in water-logged areas like Truro, NS which has already picked up more than 200 mm of rain so far this month.

Flooding in Truro

Flooding on Robie Street, Truro, NS, 10 September 2012 (Courtesy Facebook)

My hometown of Truro, NS has been inundated with floodwaters today thanks to heavy rain and a high tide which spilled the banks of the Salmon and North Rivers.

More than 100 mm of rain fellĀ in the Truro area in just an 18 hour period.

Floodwaters breached two dikes which forced the high school, Cobequid Educational Centre, and the Stanfield’s plant to evacuate.

Numerous roads were closed and some were even washed out.

Residents of a low-lying mobile home park in neighbouring Bible Hill also had to be evacuated.

More rain is expected to fall as Hurricane Leslie brushes eastern Nova Scotia on its way to Newfoundland.