Issued: Monday, January 12, 2009 Covering: January 14 –January 21

The weather page is prepared by Daniel Bezte. Dan has a BA Honours degree in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He has taught climate and weather classes at the U of W, and is a guest climate expert on CJOB’s morning show with Larry Updike. Daniel runs a computerized weather station on his 10 acres near Birds Hill Park, which he plans to develop into a small vegetable and fruit hobby farm.

Daniel welcomes questions and comments at [email protected]

With last week’s forecast coming out pretty close to what was expected, let’s hope that this week’s forecast turns out just as good.

The only problem with last week’s forecast was a small westward shift in the track of the Alberta clipper that passed by us late last Sunday. This shift resulted in only western regions seeing any snow from this system. Another nearly identical system should push through western regions late on Tuesday or early Wednesday, bringing a little more light snow.

Behind this system we will receive what will hopefully be the final in a long series of arctic high-pressure systems. This high will bring sunny skies and cold temperatures during the second half of the week. This high is forecast to push rapidly southeastward as an upper-level ridge to our west strengthens. This will cause our winds to switch to a southerly direction by Friday and temperatures will begin to moderate.

Western areas will see the warm air arrive first, while eastern regions will be delayed by a day or two as the warm air struggles against the cold air still in place to our northeast. By Sunday pretty much all of agricultural Manitoba should be in the warm air, with highs in some places possibly making it above 0C.

This mild and dry weather pattern looks like it will continue for at least seven to 10 days, with temperatures running near or at the high end of the usual temperature range for this time of year.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs: -22 to -5C. Lows: -33 to -15C.

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.

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