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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

Forecast: A break from dry and hot may be en route

Issued June 12, 2017 – Covering the period from June 14 to June 21, 2017

I’m not sure what’s up with the weather over the last month or so, but whatever is happening, the weather models are sure having a tough time figuring it out! For those of you who monitor the weather models, you know what I am talking about. One day the medium-range forecast is calling for sunshine […] Read more

Forecast: A couple of chances for precipitation

Issued June 5, 2017 – Covering the period from June 7 to June 14, 2017

Last week’s forecast didn’t quite play out as expected, but it was able to capture the overall pattern. The big surprise was just how warm it was able to get, even though the pattern wasn’t exactly set up to produce record-breaking heat. This forecast period will begin with an area of low pressure tracking through […] Read more

Forecast: Quiet early-summer weather expected

Issued May 29, 2017 – Covering the period from May 31 to June 7, 2017

Once again an upper low took control of our weather, bringing the forecasted clouds and showers over the weekend. The slow movement of the low resulted in the clouds and showers sticking around longer than forecasted, and brought temperatures that were colder than expected. For this forecast, the weather is looking much quieter, with no […] Read more

Severe summer weather and tornadoes, Part 1

The skies offer some telltale signs that a severe storm may be en route

So far in our look at severe summer weather, and in particular thunderstorms, we have looked at how thunderstorms form, how they can grow into severe thunderstorms, and finally, how hail is produced. Next up on the severe thunderstorm list is tornadoes! Before we begin our look at tornadoes, though, I think we have to […] Read more

Forecast: Another slow-moving storm system

Issued May 22, 2017 – Covering the period from May 24 to May 31, 2017

Well, once again, both the weather models and I struggled with the forecast. Thanks to a huge area of low pressure, the holiday long weekend turned out to be much cloudier and wetter than originally expected, unless you live in extreme western Manitoba. The low that put the damper on the long weekend was an […] Read more

Forecast: Pleasant spring weather ahead

Issued May 15, 2017 – Covering the period from May 17 to May 24, 2017

The introductions to my forecasts are beginning to sound a bit like a broken record: Last week’s forecast didn’t turn out exactly as predicted… The first part of last week’s forecast played out pretty well. We did end up in a rather cool northwesterly flow in the upper atmosphere, while a strong upper low to […] Read more

Back to thunderstorm school — lesson two

Thunderstorms are often associated with a hot day, but that’s not the only ingredient required for them to form

It seems that Mother Nature is letting winter have one last hurrah, but that doesn’t mean that thunderstorm season is too far off. So for this issue we’ll continue our annual look at what is arguably one of the most fascinating weather phenomena we see in our part of the world. I always like to […] Read more

Forecast: Warm weather returning with a vengeance?

Issued May 1, 2017 – Covering the period from May 3 to May 10, 2017

Last week’s storm system was a bust, as it slid farther east than expected and therefore, for the most part, only impacted the extreme southeastern portion of our province. The wraparound cloud did keep areas east of the Red River Valley on the cloudy side until last Friday, while western regions received mostly sunshine. By […] Read more