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Data and maps from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these […] Read more

Forecast: Cold air expected to slowly moderate

Issued February 15, 2019: Covering the period from February 20 to 27

With an early deadline because of the Louis Riel Day long weekend, this issue’s forecast is more like a general weather outlook for the next week or two. So far, over the last couple of weeks, the weather models have had an increasingly difficult time predicting the forecast. This usually means one of two things: […] Read more

Average, normal or median temperature?

There's really no such thing as a 'normal' high

Maybe it’s the cold weather, or just that I’m getting a little tired of winter, but a couple of my weather-related pet peeves have raised their ugly heads once again and I feel it’s my responsibility to address them. No, it’s not the argument about wind chill, I already tried to tackle that topic; this […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Markets steady amid cold Alberta weather

Excessively cold temperatures in Alberta may be causing headaches for both feed grain buyers and sellers, but prices remain relatively steady for what’s moving. The cold weather hasn’t really led to a significant increase in demand, but “it’s definitely made the farmer grumpy,” said Brandon Motz of CorNine Commodities in Lacombe, Alta. “In general, the […] Read more

Forecast: Some signs of warmer weather ahead

Issued February 11, 2019: Covering the period from February 13 to 20

After a cold and unsettled couple of weeks it looks like more tranquil late-winter weather will move in during this forecast period. For those of you looking for a quick warm-up, you’ll have to wait a little longer. It looks more and more like we’ll see a long, slow warm-up as we work our way […] Read more

Mixed forecasts ahead to end winter

Manitoba on average had below-average temperatures and precipitation for the first half

January 2019 has come and gone so we are now well over halfway through winter — at least across the Prairies. As I’ve noted in the past, official or climatological “winter” encompasses the three months of December, January and February. For our part of the world it would have to be a really warm and […] Read more

Editorial: Weathering winter

It’s always amusing when places that don’t usually expect it get a taste of what to us is a typical winter. That was fully evident earlier this month when large swaths of the U.S. were hit hard by cold. Suddenly U.S. schools and universities were closed and private businesses, including many in agriculture, were calling […] Read more

Forecast: Arctic air continues to dominate

Issued February 4, 2019: Covering the period from February 6 to 13

Last week’s forecast wasn’t as far off as it seemed. The cold air was a little colder than forecast, a little more snow fell across central regions last Saturday, and the southern low tracked a little farther north than forecast on Sunday, bringing a fairly good dump of fluffy snow. For this forecast period, it […] Read more

Canadian Pacific

Three crew die in CP grain train derailment

Toronto | Reuters — Three crew members died on Monday when a Canadian Pacific Railway grain train derailed in British Columbia, a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) spokesman said. The accident occurred when a train carrying 40 to 60 grain hopper cars derailed near Field, B.C., the TSB spokesman said. TSB is investigating the cause of […] Read more

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Understanding wind chill and the polar vortex

Cold air now has a near-continuous path southward… and we’re right in that path

We are currently experiencing some of the coldest temperatures in our region since the winter of 2014, and, depending on just how cold it gets during the first part of this week, we may have to go all the way back to the winter of 2007 since we’ve been in a similar deep-freeze. February 2007 […] Read more

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