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Issued: Monday, January 5, 2009 Covering: January 7 –January 14

The weather page is prepared by Daniel Bezte. Dan has a BA Honours degree in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He has taught climate and weather classes at the U of W, and is a guest climate expert on CJOB’s morning show with Larry Updike. Daniel runs a computerized weather station on his 10 acres near Birds Hill Park, which he plans to develop into a small vegetable and fruit hobby farm.

Daniel welcomes questions and comments at [email protected]

After a fairly cold and, in some places, snowy holiday season, it looks like the weather will settle down a little bit over the next five to 10 days. The parade of Alberta clippers will slow down as the upper-level flow shifts a little bit, becoming more northwesterly.

Usually you would expect a northwesterly flow to mean even colder temperatures, but that does not look like it will be the case. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we will see a big warm-up either, at least not in the immediate future.

Clear skies and rather seasonable winter temperatures should dominate the weather for much of this week. The next storm system is expected to push by to our south on Friday, bringing a slight chance for some snow to southwestern regions. We will likely receive a reinforcing shot of cold air over the weekend as high pressure builds southward behind the low.

The next system we will have to watch out for is an area of low pressure forecast to slide southward out of northern B. C. late Sunday and through the day on Monday. This system could bring some measurable snow to most areas of agricultural Manitoba, along with some moderation in temperatures.

Behind this system the models show another ridge of arctic high pressure building in, bringing what will hopefully be one of the last in a series of cold snaps. Sunny, cold weather looks to dominate the forecast for much of next week. If you are looking for some warm weather, the models hint at much milder weather moving in the following weekend. Let’s hope they are right.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs: -22 to -6C. Lows: -33 to -16C.

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.

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