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Forecast: Plenty of clouds and unsettled weather

Issued March 19, 2018: Covering the period from March 21 to March 28, 2018

The general placements of the main weather features were handled well by the weather models during the last forecast period, but as usual, the devil was in the details. A persistent flow of dry air from the departing high last week allowed overnight temperatures to become fairly cool. This, combined with the fresh snowpack, helped […] Read more

Forecast: Nice early-spring weather to continue

Issued March 12, 2018: Covering the period from March 14 to March 21, 2018

Last week’s forecast played out fairly close to what weather models predicted, with a few minor exceptions. Western regions saw a little more cloud and occasional light snow last Wednesday and Thursday, while temperatures to start the week were a little cooler than forecast, thanks to a weak backdoor cold front that moved in from […] Read more

Forecast: Quiet early-spring weather

Issued March 5, 2018: Covering the period from March 7 to March 14, 2018

We saw a little bit of everything last week with spring-like temperatures late in the week followed by a complex storm system that brought a return to winter-like conditions to begin this week. For this forecast period, it looks like quiet weather will move back in after a very unsettled start to the week. Weak […] Read more

Forecast: Some nice late-winter weather

Issued February 26, 2018: Covering the period from February 28 to March 7

Over the last week or so, the general weather pattern across much of central and northern North America has undergone a major shift. The polar vortex has broken down as expected, the western ridge of high pressure has weakened and moved farther off the coast, and the long-wave trough of low pressure over eastern regions […] Read more

Springcasting and other interesting websites

Data on lilacs’ flowering and budding over time are being put to work in the U.S.

With about a month and a half left in our rather uneventful extended winter season (November to March) it’s becoming difficult to come up with new and interesting things to write about. Remember, feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions or ideas you may have about anything weather related. That said, I […] Read more

Forecast: Some signs point to milder weather ahead

Issued February 12, 2018: Covering the period from February 14 to February 21

With the polar vortex still firmly in place, our weather forecasts have been predictable, and once again last week we saw the weather play out darned close to what the weather models had predicted. Arctic air dominated right through the weekend and some areas even saw a little light snow Sunday as the forecast weak […] Read more

Forecast: Will warm weather return next week?

Issued February 5, 2018: Covering the period from February 7 to February 14

The arctic vortex deepened and took up position just north of Hudson Bay as expected last week, which resulted in a return to cold temperatures across all of Manitoba. The only part of the forecast that was a little off was the occasional dusting of snow that preceded each new area of high pressure that […] Read more

Forecast: We’re heading back into the deep freeze

Issued January 29, 2018: Covering the period from January 31 to February 7

Last week’s forecast played out pretty close to what the weather models had predicted. Most areas did see some snow last Friday and early Saturday, with snowfall totals ranging from a dusting up to about seven cm. Colder air moved in behind the low as expected Sunday and Monday, before a brief warm-up on Tuesday […] Read more

Forecast: Nice winter weather expected

Issued January 22, 2018: Covering the period from January 24 to January 31

The first half of last week’s forecast was pretty good as mild Pacific air flooded in from the west and northwest, bringing near-record to record highs across much of southern and central Manitoba. The forecast area of low pressure that was expected to track through the Dakotas last Monday ended up tracking much farther south. […] Read more

Forecast: Milder weather, with a chance of snow

Issued January 15, 2018: Covering the period from January 17 to January 24

Once again, the weather models have done a fairly good job of predicting the big picture, but just like in the last forecast period, they struggled with the details. We saw this last weekend as the weather models totally missed out on a weak system moving through ahead of the next arctic high. This system […] Read more