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Cold spring weather expected for Prairies

MarketsFarm — Temperatures in the Prairie provinces are expected to be colder than average this spring. “There’s no indication that temperatures will be above normal,” said Bruce Burnett, director of markets and weather for MarketsFarm in Winnipeg. Low temperatures will likely cause issues for seeding in areas of the Prairies that have received late-spring snowstorms.

Forecast: Storm track setting up to our north

Covering the period from March 4 to March 11

Last issue’s forecast did an OK job. It captured the overall pattern, but was a little off regarding temperatures and overpredicted the amount of snow with a weak area of low pressure. This forecast period looks like it will be an interesting one. Weather models show the main storm track setting up across the central


Forecast: Winter’s not done yet

Covering the period from February 5 to February 12

It’s starting to sound like a broken record, but once again, the weather models have done a decent job with the short- to medium-term forecasts. It can be tough to get the temperatures bang on when we are dealing with clouds with the occasional clear patch. Also, with the stagnant flow, the weather models were

Variable Prairie weather makes for uncertain spring ahead

If nothing else, a rainy harvest season helped replenish topsoil moisture

MarketsFarm — Late-season rains wreaked havoc on the 2019 harvest season but were helpful in restoring topsoil moisture to key growing regions in the Prairies. Since snow coverage has been variable across the Prairies so far in 2020, however, the growing season may get off to a rocky start. “If we take a look at

(The CanSIPS) precipitation forecast calls for near-average amounts with maybe a slight lean toward above average in March.

Does this winter have a cold and snowy second act?

Daniel Bezte’s gut goes up against the almanacs and the weather models

OK, I heard you loud and clear: Instead of continuing our look at the top weather stories of 2019, you want to know what the latest and greatest weather outlooks are for the next couple of months. I must admit, I usually start off each month with the monthly look back and the view ahead,


Forecast: Cold with only slight chances of snow

Covering the period from January 15 to January 22

Well, last week’s forecast played out not too badly. We saw an Alberta clipper come through late last Wednesday and into Thursday and it ended up dropping a bit more snow than originally expected. While the cold air moved in over the weekend, as forecast, it ended up being pretty much right at the temperatures

While September did bring some warmth, it also brought record amounts of rain.

Looking back at 2019’s weather stories

From a Manitoba perspective, inverted rainfall patterns loomed largest in 2019

We usually begin the year with a look back at some of the big stories from the previous year and my articles usually follow this trend, so I asked myself: should I change it up this year? The answer: no. I think these looks back are kind of fun and they allow us to remember

Forecast: Colder and more active weather pattern developing

Covering the period from January 8 to January 15

It has been awhile since I last wrote a forecast. Back in the middle of December the medium- to long-range weather models were calling for milder weather during the second half of December and it turned out they were right. So now the big question is, what are these weather models calling for over the


Holiday weather records in Manitoba

Winnipeg’s coldest holiday temperatures all date back to the 19th century

Last time we took a look at Christmas weather records from across the Prairies, but for this issue I thought we would zoom in on Manitoba and expand our look to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I first looked at this topic back in 2009, and then again a few years ago, so

Where will the best Christmas weather be on the Prairies?

Where’s your ‘perfect’ Christmas most likely to be found? We’ve got the data

Every few years I like to revisit the topic of the “perfect” Christmas holiday weather. As I went through a couple of the older articles that I’ve written on this topic, I found a rather interesting coincidence. Each year we’ve looked at this topic, December has started off warm and dry with little snow cover