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The federal Agriculture Department is touting new extreme weather tracking tools.

AAFC unveils extreme weather tracker

The online tool could be handy when planting and cropping decisions are at hand

Agriculture Canada has unveiled a new online weather watching tool that will enable farmers to better track extreme weather conditions during the agricultural growing season. Called ‘Extreme Weather Indices,’ the tool was developed in collaboration with Environment Canada’s weather service and should help farmers plan their planting and harvesting operations. Like weather forecasts, the indices

Bad weather forecasts? Blame the leaky bucket

Spring and fall are always the most difficult seasons to forecast weather in as things change quickly

I think I need to begin this article with an apology for the fairly dismal forecasts that I’ve been making this past couple of weeks. It is at times like this that I really appreciate the fact that I don’t have to create a forecast every day — especially at this time of the year!

Our first look at the fall and winter forecasts

Our atmosphere remains warmer than average, raising the odds for warmer temperatures ahead

I’ve received several emails asking when we’ll be doing our in-depth review of this summer’s weather. For those of you who are interested, you will have to wait for one more issue. As part of my seasonal review, I also take some time to look ahead to see what the long-range forecasts call for next

Forecast: Cool with a chance of snow

Issued February 27, 2017 – Covering the period from March 1 to March 8, 2017

After an extreme warm period, it looks like we are back into more winter-like conditions for this forecast period. This continues the pattern we have seen since early December, of alternating periods of warm and cold weather. This time, though, it does not look like we will see any extremely cold weather move in. For

Forecast: Warming trend to follow cooler spell

Issued January 30, 2017 – Covering the period from February 1 to February 8, 2017

Last week’s forecast played out fairly well based on the series of events, but the timing was off by a couple of days. The warm weather moved in over the weekend as expected, but the warmest weather stayed to our west, with numerous records for heat broken in Saskatchewan. This forecast period will start off

Forecast: Stormy pattern trying to develop

Issued November 28, 2016 – Covering the period from November 30 to December 7, 2016

Once again the weather models got the general pattern correct, but as usual, the weather is in the details. Last week’s weather models showed another Colorado low developing and tracking south of us during the first half of the week. Fast-forward a few days and now that same Colorado low is expected to spin out

Forecast: So much for a dry hot summer

Issued July 11, 2016 – Covering the period from July 13 to July 20, 2016

This week’s weather forecast begins with a huge area of low pressure centred over the middle of North America. All I can say is, so much for a summer heat wave! All of the weather models are currently pointing towards a continuation of warm and wet weather. This is the same area of low pressure

Are we looking at a warm, dry spring?

The snow cover so far across Western Canada won’t take as much sunlight to melt

The biggest weather news of the week, at least according to my local news sources, was AccuWeather’s spring weather prediction. So I figured maybe I should join in and take a look at what the different forecasters have called for this spring. After all, meteorological spring is only a couple of weeks away (March-April-May). In

A slight chance of thunderstorms

Issued: Monday, July 6, 2015 – Covering: July 8 – July 15, 2015

Last week’s forecast played out pretty much as expected, with an area of low pressure pushing through a cold front, which brought a fairly wide outbreak of thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. Cooler temperatures moved in to start this week, which brought some relief from the warm and humid conditions. A typical slack and muddled

The old weather pattern returns

Issued: Monday, June 29, 2015 – Covering: July 2 – July 8, 2015

Our overall weather pattern seems to have slipped back into the same general pattern that prevailed for much of the winter and spring. That pattern had a persistent ridge of high pressure over western North America and a trough of low pressure over eastern regions. We were stuck between these two main features and our