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How we dodged a weather bullet

Did anyone really want a huge dump of snow just before the spring melt gets underway?

For a while last week, it was looking like our worst spring fears were going to come true as two large and fairly powerful Colorado lows were predicted to hit southern Manitoba. If you follow any of the forecast models, were listening to CBC or read the Prairie weather discussion, then you too might have […] Read more

Forecast: Manitoba’s spring melt slowly begins

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

As we begin to transition from winter to spring it’s not unusual for the accuracy of the forecasts to take a bit of a hit. We saw that in the last forecast as the weekend storm system that looked to stay well south of us took a much more northerly track, bringing measurable snow to […] Read more

Forecast: Above-average temperatures ahead?

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

Well, it looks like we’re paying for the nice warm December as cold winter-like temperatures dominated our region for most of the last forecast period. Over the last month or so, the weather models have been pointing toward a break in the cold weather sometime around the middle of March, and while it does look […] Read more

Bitterly cold February weather

Manitoba got off easy this month compared to Saskatchewan and especially Alberta

The cold weather that we saw move in during the second half of January just didn’t want to budge in February, which means that February 2019 can be summed up with just one word: cold. February was a bitterly cold month, not just in Manitoba, but literally right across the Prairies. The month began cold, […] Read more

Forecast: Storm track staying to our south

Issued February 25, 2019: Covering the period from February 27 to March 6

For those of you hoping to read that spring and melting temperatures are just around the corner, you’d better stop right here. It seems midwinter temperatures are going to dominate this forecast period, but with what appears to be plenty of sunshine, so it doesn’t look like it will be too bad. Last issue’s weather […] 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

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

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