Flooding in northern France

A street lamp and a tree are seen on the flooded banks of the River Seine in Paris

Flooding along the River Seine in Paris, France, 27 Jan 2018 (Reuters)

According to France’s meteorological agency, rain in December and January has led to the third wettest period ever in Paris which is why the River Seine and other tributaries in northern France have spilled their banks.

The river is expected to peak on Sunday at 6 metres – normally it measures 2 metres – slightly below the exceptional flooding in 2016 and the disastrous flood of 1910.

Some riverside restaurants have been submerged and roads and parks have been closed due to high water levels.

All boat traffic on the Seine has been halted including tourist cruises, some Metro stations are shuttered and the Louvre has shut down the museum’s lower level as a precaution.


Fierce fall storm hits Eastern Canada

An intense low pressure system which absorbed the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe unleashed its fury on Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes after racing through the Northeastern United States.

Environment Canada reports more than 100 mm of rain (a month’s worth) fell in Ottawa turning some streets into rivers in the National Capital (2017 is now its wettest year ever) and neighbouring Gatineau.

Strong winds gusted to 93 km/h at Ile d’Orleans with rainfall amounts of up to 90 mm across Southern Quebec.

Western New Brunswick felt the brunt of this storm in the Maritimes while Greater Moncton recorded 25 mm of rain and a peak wind gust of 69 km/h.

Dry July in Southeast N.B.

Grass turning brown in NE Moncton, 26 July 2017 (Dearing)

Lawns are turning brown and gardens are thirsty in Southeast New Brunswick given the light amount of precipitation recorded so far this month.

Environment Canada says 29.8 mm of rain has fallen this July in Greater Moncton compared to an average of 92.1 mm – just under one-third of normal.

No significant rainfall is expected before the end of the month.

By contrast, parts of neighbouring Nova Scotia have been much wetter than normal with 135 mm to date at Halifax Stanfield Airport.

May 2017 – Wet and cloudy

Trailing arbutus or Mayflower growing in Irishtown Nature Park, 20 May 2017 (Dearing)

May in Southeast New Brunswick certainly lived up to its unpredictable nature as a transitional month between winter and summer.

Overall temperatures were above normal in Greater Moncton but oddly enough some of the coolest days were in the last third of the month.

Many days were cloudy and rainfall was heavy with only seven days without at least a trace of precipitation.

By the final week, trees were in full leaf or blossom and perennials were in full bloom.

MAY 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 16.1 C

Average LOW  5.1 C

AVERAGE 10.8 C (about 0.8 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH 30.5 C (18 May)

Extreme LOW -0.4 C (13 May)

RAINFALL 163.5 mm (about 40 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Where’s the heat?


Low pressure system impacts Atlantic Canada this week, 14 June 2016 (TWN)

Cloudy, cool, drizzle, showers and repeat.

If it was April we wouldn’t think twice but it’s mid-June and heat is currently absent in Southeast New Brunswick.

The daytime high in Greater Moncton was 12.2 C yesterday and the high today will struggle to reach 10 C.

Keep in mind, the average high for this time of year is 22 C and the low is 10 C.

A pesky low pressure system has no place to go thanks to a blocking high over Greenland so forecasters say cloudy, wet conditions will persist this week.

Taste of winter

Salisbury flood

Stranded vehicle in floodwaters covering MacWilliam Road in Salisbury, NB, 23 Nov 2015 (D. Hamer/Facebook)

It was a wet and wintry day in much of the Maritimes today.

After bringing 100 mm to parts of Nova Scotia and 70 mm to Southeast New Brunswick, cold air has filtered in behind the storm system.

Greater Moncton received 2 cm of snow but it only accumulated on grassy areas and not roadways.

More snow than rain fell in Northern New Brunswick with 22 cm reported in Balmoral near Campbellton.

October 2014 – Warm and relatively wet

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

October 2014 definitely proved to be warmer than normal in Greater Moncton with the monthly temperature about 2.1°C above the 30-year average.

Generally speaking the month was mostly dry except for three rain events on 08 Oct, 17 Oct and an extended wet period thanks to a slow moving Nor’easter from 22-26 October.

The temperature fell below freezing only once at -1.1°C on 21 Oct which produced a light freeze but not a killing frost and not a single snowflake was recorded during the month.

OCTOBER 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 14.4°C

Average LOW 5.0°C

AVERAGE 9.7°C (about 2.1°C ABOVE the 30-year average)

Extreme HIGH 23.7°C (15 Oct)

Extreme LOW -1.1°C (21 Oct)

Rainfall 117.0 mm (slightly ABOVE the 30-year average)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

August 2014 – Cool and Unsettled

Irishtown Park, Moncton, NB (Dearing)

Irishtown Park, Moncton, NB, 31 August 2014 (Dearing)

After a warm and sunny July in Southeast New Brunswick, August was a definite disappointment with cool and unsettled conditions for a large part of the month.

Daytime highs were warm and above normal at the beginning and near the end of August but there was an extended period with cool, cloudy days and mild nights.

Although it often seemed wet, there were only three noteworthy rain events and overall precipitation was just slightly above average.

AUGUST 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH. 23.7°C

Average LOW. 12.5°C

AVERAGE. 18.1°C (slightly BELOW average)

Extreme HIGH. 29.2°C (26 Aug)

Extreme LOW. 5.3°C (30 Aug)

Rainfall. 84.0 mm (slightly ABOVE average)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Wildfire rages in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley

Smith Creek wildfire near West Kelowna, B.C. (Facebook)

Smith Creek wildfire near West Kelowna, BC, 20 July 2014 (Facebook)

The so-called Smith Creek wildfire is roughly half contained according to British Columbia fire officials and thousands have been allowed to return to their homes in West Kelowna.

About 300 residents remain evacuated since their homes are deemed to be closest to the fire.

The Smith Creek wildfire is roughly 260 hectares in size and officials say blazes inside the perimeter will keep burning and will be visible for several weeks.

Forecasters say recent wet weather will end and hot, dry conditions are expected to return later this week.

June 2014 – Wet and surprisingly warm

Aboiteau Beach, NB, 08 June 2014 (Dearing)

Aboiteau Beach, NB, 08 June 2014 (Dearing)

After several months with below normal temperatures in Greater Moncton, the thermometer finally rebounded in June.

However, the month proved to be extremely variable with some days barely reaching the teens and other days in the high twenties.

Rainfall was abundant with four major rain events: 06 June, 14-15, 18 and 26.

JUNE 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 21.9°C

Average LOW 9.5°C

AVERAGE 15.7°C (0.5 degrees ABOVE normal)

Extreme HIGH 31.0°C (30 June)

Extreme LOW 2.9°C (01 June)

Rainfall 153.0 mm (about 60 percent ABOVE normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)