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Warmer weather spreads eastward

Temperatures warmed up somewhat at the eastern end of the Prairies Thursday, as highs reached +8 C in Manitoba’s northern Interlake and on the west side of Lake Manitoba and +5 C around Weyburn and Estevan, and climbed to +11 C around Swift Current and +15 C around Medicine Hat and Brooks. Highs at WeatherFarm […] Read more

Forecast: Plenty of chances for precipitation

Issued March 20, 2017 – Covering the period from March 22 to March 29, 2017

Once again, the overall forecasted weather pattern played out pretty well, but as always, the devil is in the details. The area of low pressure forecast to track through northern Manitoba last Thursday and Friday ended up taking a more southerly route, bringing significant March rains to a good part of southern Manitoba. Last weekend’s […] Read more



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Manitoba to axe limits on hog barns

UPDATED, March 20 — Manitoba’s restrictions on hog barn and manure storage construction are set to be shelved by way of an omnibus “red tape reduction” bill. Provincial Finance Minister Cameron Friesen on Thursday introduced Bill 24 for first reading. Among its 15 proposed amendments to various pieces of legislation, the bill would repeal two […] Read more

Huge blizzard batters over half of Manitoba

March and April storms aren’t all that unusual, but this storm system’s size was

I wonder what the topic should be for this week’s article? Maybe, just maybe, we should take a look at the massive blizzard that struck and paralyzed over three-quarters of Manitoba last week. What looked initially in the weather models to be a modest storm turned out to be a record-breaking storm that impacted all […] Read more



Cool, dry canola keeps best when left alone

For farmers who plan to keep canola in bins through the hottest months of the year, a new Prairie study suggests that to manage bin temperature, less handling is better. Having set out to study how best to manage higher-moisture canola over the spring and summer, a team from the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) […] Read more

Western Manitoba opens doors for stranded travellers

Communities in western Manitoba found themselves sheltering travellers Mar. 6-7 as the 
storm raged and highways closed

Life ground to a halt in much of western Manitoba Mar. 6-7, as heavy snow, winds and whiteout conditions closed highways, leaving many travellers stranded and some needing rescue. Brandon spent 31 hours with visibility below 400 metres. The same area saw up to 41 centimetres of snow, sustained winds of 71 kilometres an hour […] Read more



Forecast: Slowly moving back toward spring

Issued March 13, 2017 – Covering the period from March 15 to March 22, 2017

Well, I did not do the best job with last week’s forecast. The winter storm ended up being much stronger than expected and when that happens, the system kind of takes control over the overall weather pattern, rewriting the forecast. The one thing that did occur as expected was the cold arctic high- pressure system […] Read more


Feed market awaits influx of spring-threshed grains

CNS Canada — As spring slowly approaches, western Canadian feed dealers are warily eyeing the amount of grain that may be left over on Prairie fields. “There’s a bit of concern about how much spring-threshed grain we may see here in the next few weeks,” said Allan Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. “That’s […] Read more


Top five regional weather stories of 2016

Last fall’s heat wave was amazing in its duration — and by how much it broke records

Before we dive into this week’s topic I think I need to change my weather outlook for March. Currently, the medium-range weather models show cooler weather sticking around until at least the third week of March. Even if we see a dramatic warmup during the last week of the month, it will not be enough […] Read more


flooded field drainage - FIW

Pull the plug or turn off the tap?

A holistic approach to drainage and flooding issues will help us do both

The bathtub is almost full. It will begin to overflow momentarily, unless I do something right away. Do I pull the plug or turn off the tap? And maybe, just maybe, I could do a little of both to solve my impending dilemma. After sitting in on a series of meetings in the southwest corner […] Read more




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