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Summer rainfall records set in several N.B. communities

By Brad Perry Sep 6, 2023 | 7:30 AM

A number of New Brunswick communities set summer rainfall records this year, according to Environment Canada.

Meteorologist Jill Maepea said in some cases, the totals are two or three times higher than the typical three-month average.

“Meteorological summer — June, July and August — is probably some of the more impressive numbers that we’ve seen,” Maepea said in an interview.

The Saint John region recorded 762 millimetres of rain, shattering the record of 551 millimetres during the same period in 1981.

Unofficially, Maepea said it was likely the wettest three-month period the Saint John region has ever seen on record.

Records were also broken in Fredericton and Bathurst, while Moncton saw its second wettest summer on record with 415 millimetres of rain.

The month of August saw 236 millimetres of rain fall in Saint John, which was the second soggiest August ever recorded in the city.

Moncton saw above-average rainfall at 134 millimetres but the weather agency said the August record was well above 200 millimetres.

Maepea said this summer’s high rainfall totals were thanks to a blocking weather pattern that seemed to be relentless.

“We had this southwesterly moist warm flow that brought this tropical air into our region for pretty much all of summer,” she said.

“We saw a few breaks, but we also didn’t really see any hot dry periods, so you could also tell just the type of summer it was based on that moist southwesterly flow.”


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