Life with Connor the Weatherman

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featuring Connor Mockett

Connor Mockett

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to another week of Life with Connor the Weatherman. After not having a column in the last paper, I do have a few things to talk about this time in regards to the weather here in New Brunswick, and the weather at home in Eastern Ontario. I also have a couple of life updates.

Let me get started with the weather here in Moncton, New Brunswick. We’ve been on a fluctuating roller coaster it seems for the past couple of weeks. There have been many beautiful days between 5 and 10 degrees, enough that it melted our 40cm snowpack in only a couple days about two and a half weeks ago. We had completely bare ground, the grass was out and the ground was beginning to thaw. Then, shortly after that snowpack melted, it got a little bit cold. It was comfortably below 0 degrees for a couple days, freezing the ground again, and then a system started to move through. That system shot our temperature way up, around 13 degrees, and in came the rain. I went to work the next morning in pouring rain and 11 degrees, and came out of work at the end of the day to my car covered in ice pellets and icicles because it was -7 outside. That was the same system as the flash freeze in Ontario.

Then, it warmed up again only a day or two after. Bare ground again, ground starting to thaw, the whole shebang. Then, a few days go by with sun and clear skies. It warms up once again to above 10 degrees, and in comes the rain. It pours rain for multiple hours, and then a transition to ice pellets happens for a couple of hours, so much so that the pouring of the ice pellets pelting my window (pun intended) woke me up from my nap I was having while I had a cold. After those ice pellets, the transition to snow happened. It came down so fast and hard that it only took about 2-3 hours to have about 7-10cm on the ground that had been warmed up and was wet, so you can imagine how much actually would’ve fallen if the ground was frozen and not wet. That snow continued for about 8-12 more hours, and ended up giving Moncton about 20-25cm of wet snow, plastered to the ice pellets underneath it. That driveway cleanup was completely terrible.

As for back in Ontario, you guys have had anything but a normal end to your winter and beginning of spring. Temperatures have soared there on numerous occasions. Multiple instances of record breaking warmth, and aside from that flash freeze, there have been pretty much no cold days or nights, really. It’s bad that this is happening, mostly because of climate change, but I’m sure most people really have enjoyed the temperatures and the sunshine that’s been pretty regularly happening. There really aren’t any spring snowstorms of significance on the horizon, either. Early spring like this typically also means early summer temperatures, so we’ll see when those start to show up on the weather models.

For me personally, I’ve got a couple things to talk about. Not only do I have my job with Sobeys in Moncton, I also now am an employee of FedEx Canada as a delivery driver! Super convenient job being able to pick which days I want to work each week, with any hours I want (max of 40 hours). With Sobeys unable to offer me more than 20-24 hours, I needed something else, so we’ll see how being a delivery driver goes.

Also for me (and a few others): I am expecting to formally announce my 2024 Chasecation to the US Tornado Alley this May from May 15th to June 1st shortly on both Twitter (X) and Facebook. Look for that announcement graphic to be done in the coming days. I’m super excited!

That will do it for this week’s Life with Connor the Weatherman column. I hope you enjoyed reading it and I will see you all in a couple of weeks!

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