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April: Started Very Wet; Ended Very Dry

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The first two weeks of April were rather damp.  In fact, all but about 10mm of the total rain for both Halifax and Sydney (who were both wetter than normal for the month) occurred in the first two weeks.  Since the first two weeks were not as wet in New Brunswick and PEI, the overall month ended very dry, with burn restrictions over all of New Brunswick.

Snowfall was below normal for most areas.  However, Halifax had several snowfalls, and ended up with more than double the normal monthly total.  In fact Halifax had the same amount of snow in April as it did in March.

Although the last half of the month was very dry, it was also very cool.  Consequently, every one of the communities ended up with the April mean temperature being slightly below normal overall.

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As we head into May, the pattern has changed:  with passing rain systems  or showery weather; with milder temperatures in the forecast for the first 2 weeks.  The 40 model ensemble for temperatures and precipitation illustrates this change.

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The monthly forecast for May does suggest near or slightly above normal temperatures, perhaps partly due to warmer than normal seas surfact temperatures (we had much less sea ice than normal, and lobster fisheries in the Gulf opened on schedule).

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Certainly this change will make the grass grow… sharpen your blades and enjoy the greens :-)



About Jim Abraham

Jim has spent about 40 years in the weather business. He has been an operational forecaster from Halifax to Whitehorse. Jim started the Canadian Hurricane Centre, and has flown into a couple of these storms. As a senior executive within Environment Canada, Jim has managed weather research, weather services, and weather/water/climate observing programs. Retired from Environment Canada, Jim is the Atlantic Director for the Canadian Climate Forum, the president of the Halifax chapter of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society, a partner in Climaction Services, and a part-time meteorologist on CBC radio. He is still participating in national and international activities related to weather preparedness. Having witnessed unprecedented advances in the science and technology of meteorology. Jim hopes that this blog will also be educational; enabling users to better understand weather-related phenomena, better interpret available information, and ultimately better able to make decisions to protect themselves, their family and their property. Jim welcomes any questions and suggestions.


The views and opinions expressed in this content are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of haligonia.ca.


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