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Sea surface temperature anomalies over the Pacific Ocean in degrees Celsius for the week centred on Oct. 13, 2021. (

Another La Nina winter predicted

Polar vortex to chill Prairies, more snow further east, AccuWeather says

Data compiled by a U.S. federal weather forecasting agency show La Nina conditions have developed over the central Pacific Ocean and are likely to linger through February. And La Nina, in turn, is expected to produce hard cold snaps over the Prairies, above-normal precipitation over southern British Columbia and relatively mild temperatures with more snow

A sunflower crop north of St. Adolphe, Man. on Sept. 19, 2021. (Dave Bedard photo)

Rains make sunny days for sunflower crops

MarketsFarm — Despite drought conditions throughout southern Manitoba decimating crops during the summer, late rain showers in some areas are improving harvests of one crop in particular. Precipitation in August helped improve the sunflower seed harvest in areas of Manitoba, with the province reporting on Oct. 13 average yields of more than 2,000 lbs. per

Weather: Battle between fall and winter begins

Forecast covering the period from Oct. 20 to Oct. 27

Don’t remember the last time I have seen the forecast and the actual weather play out nearly perfectly for three weeks in a row, but that is exactly what has happened over the last three weeks. Confidence in hitting four weeks in a row is not that high, though, as the weather models are starting

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White House not ruling out a U.S. carbon tax

Option 'not off the table' despite Manchin comment

Washington | Reuters –– The White House on Tuesday said it has not ruled out a carbon tax as a possible option for fighting climate change, even though U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a critical holdout in the closely divided Senate, said he was not discussing the topic in talks about U.S. spending and infrastructure bills.

The snow seen here on this field of soybeans fell on Oct. 18, 2018 in Manitoba's Interlake.

When should we expect winter to start?

But first, can we all agree it’s not really winter without snow on the ground?

It seems like every year around this time I start getting a lot of questions about when we should expect the first snowfall, or when I expect winter will begin. Even with all the warm weather we have been experiencing lately, this year is no different. In fact, the general murmurings I have been overhearing

An eastward-facing view from the north edge of the crossing at Mile 98.14 of CN’s Ashcroft subdivision, where BCWS suspected the Lytton fire began. (TSB photo)

No evidence trains sparked Lytton fire, TSB says

Transportation Safety Board now stepping out of ongoing fire probe

There’s no proof the fire that largely destroyed a British Columbia village, damaged a key rail bridge and led to cuts in rail speed limits in high-risk areas was sparked by train traffic, the federal Transportation Safety Board says. The TSB on Thursday said its investigation, launched in early July, “has not revealed any evidence

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Hay-starved Prairies fertile ground for online scammers

At least $64,000 lost in Alberta alone, RCMP says

High demand, scarce supplies and rising prices for hay and other feeds due to this summer’s drought on the Prairies have made a market for online scammers, RCMP warn. The urgency driving such transactions may cause ranchers, farmers and farm workers to make purchases “without taking time to properly verify or research production sources,” Alberta

Weather: Stormy start, then a return to warm?

Forecast covering the period from Oct. 13 to Oct. 20

Like they say, all good things must come to an end. This saying only works if you have been enjoying this summer-in-October weather. If you are hoping for significant rainfall, then you just might be happy by the time you are reading this. For the second time in a row, the forecast played out very

Manitoba’s precipitation over September ranged from just trace amounts in the Dauphin region to a little over 20 mm around Brandon.

Let’s remember a very warm, dry September

Of the Prairie provinces, Manitoba had the warmest September compared to average

I don’t know about you, but September seemed to just fly by this year. Also, thinking back on the month, yes, the weather was pretty nice, but it didn’t seem as warm as what the final numbers came in at. Maybe it was due to the fact that, while it was a warm month, we

A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers at Rio Pardo in Brazil’s Rondonia state on Sept. 15, 2019. (File photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

Brazil’s JBS bought 301,000 cattle from ‘irregular’ farms in Amazon, audit finds

Prosecutors 'negotiating improvements' with companies

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Nearly a third of the cattle bought by JBS SA in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para came from ranches with “irregularities” such as illegal deforestation, prosecutors found in a 2020 audit of the world’s largest meatpacker released on Thursday. In a presentation, federal prosecutors said they were “negotiating improvements”

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