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Forecast: Watch for warming trend late in this period

Forecast issued April 30, 2021, covering the period from May 5 to 12, 2021

Well, the last forecast period was definitely a temperature roller coaster, or maybe temperature yo-yo might be a better description: 20 C one day, then struggling to make it to +5 C the next. That’s spring for you! Overall, last issue’s forecast was pretty good, but as usual, the timing of systems drifted the further

Thunderstorms require a significant difference in temperature between two areas, such as when a front cuts through a region.

Thoughts on thunderstorms and a warm March

Just having a very hot day doesn’t create the conditions for a storm

The phrase “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” is never so true than during the spring across the Prairies and so far, this spring is living up to the saying. As we get ready for May, thoughts begin to switch from snowstorms and cold snaps to heatwaves and thunderstorms. So for this

File photo of Ontario cropland from the air. (IMNATURE/iStock/Getty Images)

Federal NDP introduces soil health bill

Proposal calls for a National Soil Health Advocate

The federal New Democrats propose to set up a plan they say could help build up Canadian agriculture from the ground down. The NDP’s agriculture critic, British Columbia MP Alistair MacGregor, on Monday introduced a private member’s bill in the Commons to create a national soil health strategy for Canada. The strategy as proposed in

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, orange, green lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn mixed on continued liquidation, tight supply

Soybeans slide on profit-taking; wheat up as U.S. dryness expands

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures ended mixed on Thursday as traders took profits following a strong run-up in the market, while global supply concerns offered support. Soybeans slipped as soyoil stepped back from recent highs, while wheat ticked higher as dryness expands across the U.S. Great Plains. The most-active corn futures on the

Weather: Spring, summer battle it out

Forecast covering the period from April 28 to May 5

After an extremely bad forecast a couple of issues ago, my last forecast did surprisingly well. For this forecast it looks like the temperature rollercoaster will continue, but as we move further into spring the warm spells will be getting warmer and the cold snaps a little less cold. This forecast period will begin with

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Federal budget plays to mixed reviews from ag groups

Funding for green initiatives, carbon pricing rebate plan hailed

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) says it is “pleased” the 2021 federal budget included some of the recommendations it had made. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s first budget, released April 19, included significant spending to help producers transition to a greener economy and cited agriculture as a foundational pillar of Canada’s future. “CFA will be

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

Weather: A cooler pattern settling in

Forecast covering the period from April 21 to April 28

If you’re going to fail, then fail spectacularly. That’s what happened with the last forecast. Thanks to the retrograding upper low that impacted our region for most of the week of April 12-16, the forecast fell apart as the atmosphere underwent a shift to a much cooler pattern. The question is, just how long will

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

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