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Cooler spell prevails over Prairies

Much of the Prairies outside the Peace region kept relatively cool Thursday, as highs hit -6 C around Red Deer, Portage la Prairie, North Battleford, Winkler, Strathmore, Humboldt and Vegreville, -4 C around Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Weyburn, Dauphin, Melfort and Hanna, -2 C around Edmonton, Winnipeg and Virden, 0 C around Medicine Hat, Brooks, Canmore […] Read more

Forecast: Nice early-spring weather to continue

Issued March 12, 2018: Covering the period from March 14 to March 21, 2018

Last week’s forecast played out fairly close to what weather models predicted, with a few minor exceptions. Western regions saw a little more cloud and occasional light snow last Wednesday and Thursday, while temperatures to start the week were a little cooler than forecast, thanks to a weak backdoor cold front that moved in from […] Read more

Spring, the snowiest time of the year

Winnipeg, over its last 140 Marches, has seen 12 single-day snows of 20 cm or more

From a meteorological perspective, winter has come to an end and spring is here. Winter is classified as the three-month period from December to February, and across parts of southern and central Manitoba this past winter turned out to be one of the driest winters on record. Looking at the three main reporting centres, Dauphin […] Read more

Argentina’s soybean season ‘dead’

Buenos Aires | Reuters — Hope has withered for any recovery in Argentine soy yields hit by a four-month drought that shows no signs of abating, farmers and analysts said Monday, prompting China to step in to fill the gap in soymeal exports from the world’s No. 1 supplier. The dryness that has blighted the […] Read more

Late-season snowstorm brings Prairies moisture

CNS Canada — After a winter spent waiting for snow, farmers across the southern Prairies were happy when the forecast was right and Western Canada received a late winter snowstorm. “We’ve heard moisture’s coming before and it doesn’t show up or it goes around us. So when it started snowing and it started adding up […] Read more

Forecast: Quiet early-spring weather

Issued March 5, 2018: Covering the period from March 7 to March 14, 2018

We saw a little bit of everything last week with spring-like temperatures late in the week followed by a complex storm system that brought a return to winter-like conditions to begin this week. For this forecast period, it looks like quiet weather will move back in after a very unsettled start to the week. Weak […] Read more


CN apologizes as farm groups, Ottawa press on rail service

Canada’s largest railway has taken the unusual step of apologizing for its pace of grain delivery in recent weeks and pledging “immediate steps” to improve its grain handle. After parting ways with its CEO Luc Jobin on Monday, Canadian National Railway (CN), through interim CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest, said Wednesday it “apologize(s) for not meeting the […] Read more

Cool, later-spring forecast for Prairies

More moisture is in the forecast too, but it needs to be timely to help crops

Western Canadian farmers can expect a cool, later-than-normal spring, according to a forecast from DTN Progressive Farmer and WeatherFarm. While that means a later start to spring seeding and the risk of a late-spring frost, the silver lining is it will help conserve the limited moisture coming from a smaller-than-normal snowpack. Although Western Canada is […] Read more

Dry weather expected to continue into March

Absent any major snowfall soon, a warmer-than-average March is increasingly likely

After a month of back-and-forth temperatures in January that eventually worked out to above-average monthly temperatures, February turned out to be… well, just darned cold. The nice warm temperatures that moved in over the last five days of the month were not enough to overcome the persistent cold weather that dominated the majority of the […] Read more

Forecast: Some nice late-winter weather

Issued February 26, 2018: Covering the period from February 28 to March 7

Over the last week or so, the general weather pattern across much of central and northern North America has undergone a major shift. The polar vortex has broken down as expected, the western ridge of high pressure has weakened and moved farther off the coast, and the long-wave trough of low pressure over eastern regions […] Read more

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