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A detailed look at Prairie heat and rainfall

It has been hot and dry across much of the region, but there’s variation within that trend

There have been more and more news stories coming out about the hot and dry conditions across the Prairies so far this summer, especially across Alberta and Saskatchewan. I figured we should take a little time to look at what has been happening weather-wise across the agricultural Prairies to see just what’s been going on. […] Read more

Forecast: Slow warming trend expected

Issued August 4, 2017: Covering the period from August 9 to August 18

Last week’s forecast quickly fell apart, at least from the point of view of temperature, as the upper low that brought some much-needed rain to western regions also altered the upper-level flow. The upper low combined with the building ridge of high pressure over extreme western North America shifted our flow from west-northwesterly to more […] Read more

Forecast: Models confident in high pressure

Issued July 31, 2017 – Covering the period from August 2 to August 9, 2017

With the exception of a few timing issues, last week’s forecast was pretty decent as high pressure dominated the picture, bringing with it the warmest weather of the summer. This forecast period looks to begin with a little break from the hot, muggy weather, though that break may be short lived as it appears likely […] Read more

Forecast: High pressure set to dominate for the next few days

Issued July 24, 2017 – Covering the period from July 26 to August 2, 2017

So far this summer forecasting the weather has been tough, to say the least. We’ve basically been in a battle between a ridge of high pressure to our southwest and an active storm track to our north. Every time the weather models predict that the ridge of high pressure will win out, a storm system […] Read more

Forecast: A potential heat wave, again

Last week’s forecast began with a much-stronger-than-anticipated area of low pressure that brought some welcome rains to a good portion of southern and central Manitoba. The rest of the forecast played out fairly well, but once again, the forecast heat didn’t really materialize as the western ridge of high pressure is continually knocked down every […] Read more

Forecast: Hot weather expected to move in

Issued July 3, 2017 – Covering the period from July 5 to July 12, 2017

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but once again our weather was hijacked by an upper-level low. This one sat over northern Manitoba late last week, then dropped to the southeast early last weekend. This looks to be the last of these pesky upper lows as all of the weather models point toward […] Read more

Forecast: Summer looks to move back in

Issued June 26, 2017 – Covering the period from June 28 to July 5, 2017

Well, once again our weather was hijacked by not one, but two upper lows. The first one brought the cool and cloudy conditions late last week. That low then pulled off to the east as expected, but another upper low was captured in the northwest flow behind the first upper low and we saw a […] Read more

Forecast: Upper low shifts weather pattern

Issued June 19, 2017 – Covering the period from June 21 to June 28, 2017

We have definitely undergone a major shift in our weather pattern thanks to last week’s large and slow-moving upper low. This upper low formed as originally forecast and actually followed the forecasted track. What it didn’t follow was the timeline. The low moved into northwestern Ontario as expected last Friday, but then stuck around until […] Read more