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The hottest Manitoba summers

For the Winnipeg area, 1983 still reigns as the hottest July-August stretch of all

Several years ago, I took the time to analyze summer temperatures to see when the hottest summer occurred. With the summerlike heat we are beginning to see, I thought it would be interesting to take another look at that data. Surprisingly, trying to find and pull out heat waves that have hit southern and central

Heat waves emphasize need for retooled climate research

A major heat wave and drought has sent world grain prices skyrocketing for a second of three summers suggesting it is time to address supply through repurposed climate research. Tackling high food prices among the leading G20 nations has so far bent on fixing demand issues, including grain trading, export bans and the role of

Overnight low of 41 C – yikes!

With the weather being fairly quiet across much of agricultural Manitoba over the last two or three weeks, I thought this would be a good time to take a look around and see what has been happening weatherwise around the world. First stop is right in our own backyard. While the weather has been fairly

Riding the edge of a heat wave

Last week’s forecast played out pretty much as expected, with the exception of a little more cloud and slightly cooler temperatures on Sunday and Monday, but after the dry weather and all the heat last week I think it was actually appreciated! It looks like the heat will be back on for most of this

A July heat wave is possible

Summer weather definitely arrived last week with plenty of heat, humidity and even a few thunderstorms. It looks like this pattern will continue for much of this forecast period. Fortunately, it looks like we may miss the extreme heat the U.S. is experiencing during this forecast period, but it still looks like it will be

Should we expect a record-setting July?

Another month has come and gone. Those of you who felt June 2012 was actually a little warmer than average, were pretty much right — at least for most areas. The results of my June number crunching are below. June started off warm across most of southern and central Manitoba, with temperatures climbing near and

Pressure ridge may bring July heat wave

The weather models have been bouncing around over the last week, but over the last couple of days they seem to be coming into agreement on the forecast — and that forecast is for good old summer weather. The models show the upper ridge of high pressure, which brought plenty of sunshine and warming temperatures

Short heat wave to come to an end

As forecasted last week, a ridge of high pressure developed over our region during the first half of this week, bringing sunny skies and warm summer temperatures. This ridge of high pressure looks like it will begin to break down starting on Thursday, and we’ll begin a slow transition into cool temperatures. After a really

Link builds between weather extremes and warming

Extreme rainfall, heat waves and increased pollen-induced allergies are to be expected as climate change unfolds

Reuters / Extreme weather events over the past decade have increased and were “very likely” caused by man-made global warming, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change said March 25. Scientists at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Research used physics, statistical analysis and computer simulations to link extreme rainfall and heat waves to global

How ice loss influences the jet stream

I’ve spent a fair bit of time discussing the record warm weather we experienced in March over the last few weeks. We’ve looked at just what led to this remarkable weather and we discussed just how intense it really was. The fact that we saw temperatures that were between three and four standard deviations above