Did you get caught in one of those wild thunderstorms last Friday evening?  I did.  I was on my way to Truro at about 7:30pm when one very intense storm cell decided to tag along.  I can say that I have never experienced such relentlessly torrential rain.  The sound in the rain pounding the roof of the vehicle was almost deafening.  Water was pooling on the roads and the driving was as bad as it could in the June. I was grateful to be a passenger; I was able to admire the frequent lightning that lit up the evening sky.  I know that many of you experienced similar conditions so I thought I would share some of the rainfall totals with you.  The measured rainfall at the -far too few observation stations- doesn’t come close to reflecting the deluge I experienced.  That’s a good reminder that weather elements like rain, snow and wind are measured at specific locations and the numbers don’t always represent what you might have experienced where you are!  That is especially true for relatively small pockets of convective weather like thundershowers.  A thundershower can easily dump 50 mm of rain between rain gauges!

Here’s what ended up in local rain gauges on Friday:

New Brunswick:

Edmundston:            5 mm

Bathurst:                    5 mm

Miramichi:                 5 mm

Fredericton:             18 mm

Moncton:                 38 mm

Saint John:               42 mm


Nova Scotia:

Cheticamp:              10 mm

Digby:                       10 mm

Sydney:                    18 mm

Truro:                       23 mm

Halifax:                     35 mm

Greenwood:            46 mm

Liverpool:                 56 mm

Yarmouth:                70 mm



Charlottetown:       35 mm

Summerside:          30 mm


 You might find this interesting: 

An average cloud weighs 10,000 kg; an average storm cloud weighs 47 million kg!


Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day