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A snowy owl fixes the photographer with a steely gaze.

How a retrograding upper low is keeping us cool

Cut-off lows tend to bring prolonged periods of unsettled weather

We all knew it was probably going to happen, after having one of the earliest and nicest starts to spring on record — snow and cold air moved in, reminding us it is still early spring across the Prairies. Weather models had been having trouble with the medium-range forecasts for the last several weeks, with

With spring, comes mud – just ask the owner of this dog. It takes almost as much heat to melt snow as it does to bring water to its boiling point.

When does spring usually begin?

Every year with a late spring had significant snow cover going into April

Still working on finishing up the look at this past winter and, in particular, whether it was the shortest winter on record. As I worked on defining just what constitutes ‘winter,’ I came across a previous article I wrote about when spring usually arrives. So, I figured I would revive that article and begin our


Months of dry weather have left lots of dugouts low and in need of freshwater. Ryan Young of Middleton Ventures widened and deepened Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson's dugout near Altamont April 10 before the recent snow. (Young is Dawson's son-in-law)

KAP welcomes snow, Churchill and $21 canola

Manitoba farmers welcome much-needed moisture via snowfall last week

Manitoba farmers welcomed the precipitation much of agro-Manitoba received April 12 and 13, even if most of it was snow. “The moisture is certainly appreciated…” Keystone Agriculture Producers’ (KAP) president Bill Campbell said during the general farm organization’s online advisory council meeting April 15. However, in an interview later Campbell stressed more timely rains will

Weather: Potential for early-spring heat

Forecast covering the period from April 7 to April 14

My last forecast turned out to be surprisingly accurate considering all the uncertainty behind it. We did see the late-March storm system that brought snow to central and northern regions, but only a dusting across most southern regions. Cold weather slid in behind this system, but as forecasted, mild weather returned by the end of

Northbound moisture-laden air combined with southbound arctic air can create some impressive snowfall events during springtime in Manitoba.

Visualizing wind and early-spring storms

Winnipeg’s two largest April snowstorms of the past 140 years came relatively recently

Still working on a review of the winter and how it ranked compared to other winters. You would think accessing climate data would get easier with time, but in fact it is harder. Combine that with report-card week, and I just did not have time to finish it. I should be able to complete this


Little snow remained on fields near Brandon by mid-March.

Warm, dry March – and April and May?

Extended forecasts are always a bit tricky, but many models seem to be lining up

After one of the coldest Februarys in a long time, most of us were hoping for a really nice March, and for most regions Mother Nature did not disappoint. In fact, across the eastern Prairies, March ended up as much above average as February was below average. Let us dig into the weather stats and

CBOT May 2021 wheat with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat down on forecasts for Plains moisture

CBOT soybeans and corn both end higher

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell to a one-month low on Thursday, pressured by forecasts for welcome moisture in the southern U.S. Plains crop belt that should boost wheat production prospects, traders said. But soybean and corn futures ended higher, supported by South American supply worries and soaring global vegetable oil prices. Chicago

Once the snow cover is off the fields, Manitoba’s odds of seeing above-average 
temperatures go up significantly.

Cold February, warm March?

Last month’s cold air brought little in the way of precipitation for Manitoba

Before jumping into the review of February’s weather and the latest medium- to long-range forecasts, I figured I should update you on the new weather station. Have you ever checked something out and then realized you totally missed something? Well, this is exactly what happened with me and my new weather station. I did more


Texas ranchers scrambled to keep animals alive during freak storm

Texas ranchers scrambled to keep animals alive during freak storm

From power generation to diesel fuel and frozen ponds, icy blast underlined lack of winterization

Reuters – Texas ranchers worked overtime to haul water and hay to cattle to keep them alive during a freak winter storm, but some cows succumbed to unusual icy temperatures that also killed chickens, idled meat plants and threatened crops. The deaths of baby cows in the top U.S. cattle state and struggles to care

Forecast: Milder, with a slight chance of snow

Covering the period from February 17 to March 3

The first part of last issue’s forecast played out fairly close to what the weather models were predicting, but by the second half, the weather and the weather models were not exactly agreeing with each other, as milder-than-expected air moved into our region, pushing temperatures to around the freezing mark. For this forecast period, the