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Forecast: Cold with only slight chances of snow

Covering the period from January 15 to January 22, 2019

Well, last week’s forecast played out not too badly. We saw an Alberta clipper come through late last Wednesday and into Thursday and it ended up dropping a bit more snow than originally expected. While the cold air moved in over the weekend, as forecast, it ended up being pretty much right at the temperatures

While September did bring some warmth, it also brought record amounts of rain.

Looking back at 2019’s weather stories

From a Manitoba perspective, inverted rainfall patterns loomed largest in 2019

We usually begin the year with a look back at some of the big stories from the previous year and my articles usually follow this trend, so I asked myself: should I change it up this year? The answer: no. I think these looks back are kind of fun and they allow us to remember

Forecast: Colder and more active weather pattern developing

Covering the period from January 8 to January 15, 2019

It has been awhile since I last wrote a forecast. Back in the middle of December the medium- to long-range weather models were calling for milder weather during the second half of December and it turned out they were right. So now the big question is, what are these weather models calling for over the

Year in review: How did 2019’s weather measure up?

The short answer is that the year just past was cooler and drier than average

As we pass the end of another calendar year, it is time to take a look back at the past year’s weather to see how everything added up. Before I zoom into Manitoba, let’s take a quick look at the global picture. November’s global temperature numbers have just been released and three of the five

Holiday weather records in Manitoba

Winnipeg’s coldest holiday temperatures all date back to the 19th century

Last time we took a look at Christmas weather records from across the Prairies, but for this issue I thought we would zoom in on Manitoba and expand our look to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I first looked at this topic back in 2009, and then again a few years ago, so

Forecast: Milder weather with a chance for snow

Covering the period from December 16 to December 25, 2019

As is fairly typical when we are in a pattern dominated by arctic high pressure, the timing of the system for last week’s forecast was off by a little bit. We definitely saw high pressure and cold air build in during the first half of last week’s forecast, but the Pacific low came in a

Where will the best Christmas weather be on the Prairies?

Where’s your ‘perfect’ Christmas most likely to be found? We’ve got the data

Every few years I like to revisit the topic of the “perfect” Christmas holiday weather. As I went through a couple of the older articles that I’ve written on this topic, I found a rather interesting coincidence. Each year we’ve looked at this topic, December has started off warm and dry with little snow cover

Forecast: Typical mid-December weather

Covering the period from December 9 to December 18, 2019

Last week’s forecast got the big weather picture not too badly, but it was off on the timing. The cold air took a little longer than forecast to move in and ended up being a little colder than expected. As often is the case, when the general movement of weather systems slows down, we often

Cool, wet fall, warm, wet winter?

The computer models predict near- to above-average temperatures in December

As fall comes to an end across the Prairies some locations have already seen winter come and stay, while other regions are still waiting for winter snowpack to develop. Once again it is bad timing for writing the monthly weather summary as there are still a couple of days left in November. Normally, I can

Forecast: Quiet weather pattern redevelops

Covering the period from December 4 to December 13, 2019

Once again, the weather models did a pretty good job with the medium-range forecast. They predicted last weekend’s storm system that kept most of the precipitation south of our region. For this forecast period, it looks like the overall weather pattern across central North America will quiet down a little bit, with no big storm