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Forecast: Seasonably warm start, then snow?

Issued October 16, 2017: Covering the period from October 18 to October 25

Last week’s forecast played out fairly close to what the weather models predicted. While it did miss out on the Saturday morning snowfall that hit parts of south-central regions, it did catch the weekend cool-down and the warm-up that started this week. For this forecast period, it looks like mild weather will continue to dominate […] Read more

Arguably the best time of the year

Some might suggest early last November was a late Indian summer, but was it really?

Almost every year around this time the weather discussion turns to the topic of “Indian summer.” Whether this term is politically correct or not, and I know I have discussed this topic in the past, I think that revisiting this topic every couple of years is useful to help break down some of the misconceptions […] Read more

Forecast: Mild conditions expected to dominate

Issued October 9, 2017: Covering the period from October 11 to October 18

The first half of last week’s forecast played out as expected. Fortunately, the second half didn’t materialize, thanks to a northward shift in the overall pattern. Spring and fall tend to be the toughest times to forecast the weather as the atmosphere begins its transition between summer and winter weather patterns, and we saw this […] Read more

Another growing season comes to an end

A dry summer generally left workable soils, even after September’s wet second half

Another month has come and gone and it’s time to look back at our weather so far this fall. To start off, we saw the end of the growing season across most regions last week, as temperatures fell just below freezing last Thursday morning. I know at my place the thermometer measured an overnight low […] Read more

Forecast: Big change in the weather coming next week?

Issued October 3, 2017: Covering the period from October 4 to October 11

Last week’s forecast played out pretty close to what weather models predicted. The biggest differences were the widespread light frost on Thursday morning and the showers/light rain last Sunday afternoon over eastern regions. This forecast period will begin with seasonably cool conditions as a weak high pressure builds in from the west behind a departing […] Read more

Unharvested soybeans on a cold winter morning.

Fall frosts and the frost-free season

The number on your thermometer may not accurately reflect what’s happening on the ground

Every year around this time the weather discussion starts to centre around the first fall frost. Some years, when we see an early-fall frost, the topic is at the forefront of conversations. This year, with only a couple of locations experiencing a fall frost as of Sept. 25, there hasn’t been much discussion. The first […] Read more

Forecast: Mild and dry weather returns

Issued September 25, 2017: Covering the period from September 27 to October 4

Over the last week or so we saw our first period of unsettled wet weather in a long time. The forecasted system brought some late-season thunderstorms to several regions late last Friday. We then saw another area of light rainfall move through on Sunday. This second system was forecast to stay well to our south, […] Read more

Forecast: Expect more unsettled but mild weather

Issued September 18, 2017: Covering the period from September 20 to 27

The first part of last week’s forecast played out fairly close to what the weather models predicted. The main area of low pressure and the associated rainfall moved through our region late last Friday. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your perspective, the main rainfall stayed to our south and east, with most areas seeing between […] Read more

A summer of average temperatures

Manitoba also saw a low number of significantly heavy rain events this summer

As we hit the second full week of September there has been another Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland; this time it was hurricane Irma. Irma made landfall near Marco Island, Florida early on Sept. 10. While the damage inflicted by Irma looks to be significant, the storm will not bring the torrential […] Read more

Forecast: Continued warm, but wetter

Issued September 11, 2017: Covering the period from September 13 to 20

The weather models were surprisingly accurate over the last week or two, thanks in part to a fairly persistent ridge of high pressure. For this forecast period it looks like we will see a shift in our overall weather pattern. The question is whether this will be a temporary shift or a more permanent one. […] Read more