Halifax Public Gardens main entrance, 08 Jan 2020 (Storyful/Accuweather)
Just days after the first major snowstorm of the season hit Nova Scotia, another low pressure system intensified as it tracked south of the province on Wednesday.
The eastern mainland and Cape Breton Island received lots of snow – more than 60 cm fell in some areas.
Southeast New Brunswick got off relatively easy with about 10 cm recorded in Greater Moncton.
Here are some snowfall totals (in cm) from 09 January at 5pm AST:
- Pictou area – 63
- Truro – 42
- Ingonish Beach – 38
- Halifax Stanfield Airport – 30
- Dartmouth – 28
- Sydney – 27
- Charlottetown, PE – 23
- Kentville – 20
- Yarmouth – 15
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Light snow falls on Boxing Day, Truro, NS, 26 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
Despite a relatively snow-free December, Greater Moncton still managed to have a White Christmas this year after all – but just barely.
Environment Canada reports 2 cm of snow on the ground at the airport Christmas morning which fits its official definition.
Other parts of southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia did not have snow including in Truro where I spent the holiday.
Meteorologists say odds of a White Christmas have decreased in recent years.
Here are the odds for select Canadian cities (1994-2017 versus 1955-2017):
- Moncton – 65% / 73%
- Fredericton – 50% / 76%
- Saint John – 45% / 60%
- Charlottetown – 55% / 78%
- Halifax – 40% / 54%
- Montreal – 70% / 76%
- Toronto – 45% / 52%
- Winnipeg – 100% / 98%
- Calgary – 60% / 59%
- Vancouver – 10% / 10%
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
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.
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.
It 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.
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.
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
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.