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What’s your perfect Christmas weather?

A white Christmas on the Prairies is a good bet

Every few years I like to revisit the topic of “perfect Christmas holiday weather.” As we head into this holiday season, with some areas worried about whether it will be a white or brown Christmas, I think it’s appropriate we revisit it again this year. As I went through the last couple of times I

Forecast: Trending back toward warm weather

Covering the period from December 16 to December 23

Last issue’s forecast wasn’t that great, which shouldn’t be too surprising, as every time the atmosphere undergoes a switch in patterns, things tend to be rather unpredictable. While the details of the forecast were off, the general pattern was on the mark, with the end of the extremely mild weather and the beginning of more

About half the time when it snows in the Winnipeg area, the event produces less than two cm of snow.

A look at snowfall days and snowfall events

Probabilities have a storm with over 30 cm of snow hitting Winnipeg about once every 10 years

A couple of articles ago I wrote about when we should normally expect winter to begin. With most areas seeing very little snow so far this year, I thought now might be a good time to look at snowfall probabilities. Just how much snow can we typically expect with each snowfall? Is the little snow

New greening programs planned for ag alongside carbon tax hike

Carbon price to hit $170 per tonne by 2030

A new federal climate plan which further cranks up taxes on carbon emissions also includes pledges of new programs to help sink more carbon into farmland. The government on Friday released the sequel to its 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change — a “strengthened” climate plan, titled A Healthy Environment and a

Forecast: Expect a shift in weather pattern

Covering the period from December 9 to December 16

It wasn’t surprising that the weather models did such a good job predicting last week’s early-winter heat wave. The models had been consistently showing this happening for a while and they are usually correct when it comes to large weather features like this. For this forecast period, it looks like the weather pattern is going


Forecast: Mild early-winter weather continues

Covering the period from December 2 to December 9

Once again, the weather models did a fairly good job forecasting the general weather pattern across our region over the last week. Whenever we are dealing with weak weather systems it can be tough to get the timing right, but in those instances, being off by 12 to 24 hours when there are only light

Warm, dry weather expected into December

Computer modelling suggests precipitation closer to average levels in January

What a difference a month can make. If you remember back to October, it was a cold and snowy, yet dry month. Temperatures across southern and central Manitoba averaged from 2.5 to 3.5 C below the long-term average, with precipitation also coming in well below average. Jump ahead 30 days and we have gone from

A couple sits on an empty beach at Boryeong in South Korea on Oct. 31, 2020. NOAA and NASA have deemed October 2020 to be the fourth-warmest October on record.

Weather school: How do jet streams form?

Jet streams form where we have sharp, or quick, changes in air temperatures

Before we get back into weather school, I feel I need to touch on a couple of weather topics. First, global temperatures for October are in, and this October came in as the fourth warmest on record, according to both NOAA and NASA, the third warmest by the European Copernicus Climate Change Service, and the


AgriStability proposal could have hidden cost, Pedersen warns

Manitoba's ag minister warns Bibeau's plan may hurt crop insurance, AgriInvest funding

Ottawa’s proposal for an improved AgriStability program could give farmers short-term gain for long-term pain, Manitoba’s agriculture minister Blaine Pedersen warns. At the online federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting on Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau proposed dropping AgriStability’s maximum reference margin, and increasing the compensation rate from 70 to 80 per cent retroactively this

Seasonal forecast calls for more snow

MarketsFarm — Most of Canada should see above-normal snowfall over the next three months, according to updated seasonal forecasts released Monday from Environment Canada. Weather maps show a 40 to 60 per cent probability of more precipitation than normal across much of the country from December through February, with the heaviest accumulations expected in Quebec.

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