It is Thursday. Our day to enjoy and celebrate another tasty Manitoba product. We call this Savour Manitoba. Today, Cornell Creme -- a made in Manitoba ice cream by Lisa and William Dyck of Anola. Cornell Dairy is North of Steinbach between Beausejour and Anola. The farm was named after William's dad, Cornelius who continues help out. They milk 120 cows every day, twice a day, 365 days a year or almost 98,000 litres per month. And when Lisa joined us this morning, she talked about the "need" for another ice cream in Manitoba.
Cornell Creme is available at select food stores and restaurants across Manitoba including Main Bread and Butter Stbh, and Rural Roots Food Cooperative Boissevain
If you have a suggestion for another Savour Manitoba guest, email us!
April 17, 2014
The minus temperatures, for highs at least, won't be making an appearance this period as a significant warm-up is still in the works. Above normal temperatures are anticipated heading into the early part of next week. Low pressure system and associated warm front will affect us late tomorrow into Saturday, bringing a threat of rain and maybe some snow. A strong system may affect us mid to late next week.
Today is going to be the warmest day of the week. Mainly sun is in the forecast along with a light north wind and a high of +2. It'll be partly cloudy tonight with a low of -6. Clouds increase tomorrow as a low pressure system approaches. Precipitation should hold off through the afternoon. Expect a rather strong southeast wind, at times, with the high reaching 6 degrees.
Rain spreads into the region tomorrow evening and the potential is there for some snow or freezing rain overnight as the low gets down to zero. Roads may become slick tomorrow night into Saturday morning. Precipitation tapers off Saturday morning as the best forcing moves off. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud, a light wind, and a high of 11. There is a chance of showers.
Double digit highs will be the story for the rest of the period. Easter Sunday will be partly cloudy with a high of 14. A weak wave moves through Sunday night into Monday and may bring some shower activity to the region but not much more. A beautiful start to next week with high pressure taking control. Monday features mostly sun and a high of 14 degrees. There may be a shower around early in the day.
The warm weather continues on Tuesday with mostly sun in the forecast and a high of 15. The pattern becomes active by the middle of next week as a trough moves onto the U.S. Plains. Ridge of high pressure shifts east, as a result, allowing moisture to move north. Rain is possible on Wednesday with a high of 12. A large storm system may take shape in the northern U.S. late next week which could result in a wet, windy finish to next week.
The below is from the GFS forecast model, valid on Wednesday afternoon. It shows the potential for rain in much of southern Manitoba along with gusty winds. This system bears watching as it could be a significant one.
The Red River Valley Festival of the Arts began this week at Buhler Hall, MCI Gretna. Loren Hiebert is the President of the Festival, and gave us his take on 2014.
Here is the festival schedule:
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April 16, 2014
Quite a bit on the go this period as we look forward to the Easter Weekend and beyond. No major precipitation events are anticipated, at this time, with the best chance coming Friday night into Saturday. The big story is a significant warm-up with temperatures rising above normal by early next week as ridge of high pressure shifts east over southern Manitoba. This may be followed by a more active pattern mid to late next week.
Low pressure system is bringing snow to parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota this morning. Cold high to our north will keep us dry today but quite cold. Expect a mix of sun and cloud, a northeast wind, and a high of -1. It'll be partly cloudy and breezy tonight with a low of -13. A slightly warmer day in store for us tomorrow with mainly sun, a light wind, and a high of +1. Tomorrow night features a clear sky and a low of -7.
Good Friday starts off on a sunny note but clouds are going to increase ahead of a low pressure system. There will be a light southeast wind and a high of 5. Precipitation chances increase on Friday night with the potential of rain and snow in the region. Some minor accumulations are possible. Timing is still in question but any snow on Saturday morning should change over to rain by afternoon with the high reaching 8 degrees.
The rest of the period looks very nice as ridge of high pressure moves overhead. Easter Sunday will be mainly sunny with a high of 12. Temperatures rise above normal early next week. Monday features mostly sun and a high of 15. Tuesday will be mainly sunny, as well, with the high reaching 16 degrees. Models have hinted at an active pattern developing at some point next week as a trough moves onto the U.S. Plains. Time will tell.
Flooding is often a concern at this time of year in southern Manitoba but nothing significant is anticipated. That has a lot of folks very happy.
A Ladies Spring Tea took place last night at the Rosenort Fellowship Chapel. Jayme Giesbrecht was there as a singer, and came back inspired by the words of guest speaker Wilma Derksen. Not to mention the BEAUTIFUL centerpieces! The theme was SHOES, and Wilma focused in on the different spiritual shoes we wear...
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame was buzzing last night with conversation, laughs, hugs, tears and the warm memories of a successful Sochi performance for Manitoba Paralympian Dennis Thiessen as part of the gold medal winning Jim Armstrong Team Canada
Last night's recognition night was organized by the Canadian Sport Centre of Manitoba and co-hosted by Al Friesen and Michelle Sawatzky. As the crowd started to thin, Al sat down with Dennis to get his impressions of the evening.
April 15, 2014
The cold weather continues in southern Manitoba with high pressure nudging in from the north. This will act to keep temperatures well below normal for the remainder of the week and also shunt a snow-producing system far enough south to not really impact us in the next 24 hours. High shifts east for the weekend with a steady warm-up anticipated. Next best chance of precipitation is on Saturday.
Clipper system will move from western Saskatchewan into the western Dakotas by evening. Southeast wind picks up heading into the afternoon. Expect a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -2. Snow develops in North Dakota this evening, possibly brushing parts of southwestern Manitoba. There may be some flurries in the region tonight but not much more. The wind will shift to the northeast as the low drops to -11.
Main area of snow sets up from far southeastern North Dakota into central/northern Minnesota tomorrow. High pressure holds strong in southern Manitoba, likely keeping us dry. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud, a gusty north wind, and a high of -1. It'll be partly cloudy and rather cold tomorrow night with a north wind and a low of -12. The chilly weather continues on Thursday but it should be more comfortable thanks to a lighter wind. Mainly sun is in the forecast with a high of zero.
Plus temperatures return as we kick off the Easter Weekend. Good Friday will be mainly sunny with the high reaching 5. Low pressure system looks to affect us on Saturday with a threat of some snow in the morning, transitioning to rain by afternoon. Expect a high of 6. Near normal temperatures return for Easter Sunday with mainly sun and a high of 12. Western ridge moves overhead early next week. It's going to be sunny on Monday with a high of 14 degrees.
The majority of the snow has melted in the region but there are still some patches here and there. The melting should accelerate this weekend as temperatures climb above zero.
(The following text was prepared by Lois Fast)
The early Tuesday morning hours displayed a rare phenomenon - the first total lunar eclipse in what is known as a blood moon tetrad. The moon becomes a reddish orange because of sunlight that is filtered and refracted by the earth’s atmosphere.
Although the blood moon spectacle has occurred many times throughout history, a blood moon tetrad is significant in that it consists of 4 consecutive blood moons, all of which occur on Jewish feast days. In this present cycle, the first blood moon today marks the beginning of the Jewish Passover, which commemorates the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. The Torah states that the Israelites were spared the final 10th plague – the death of the first born, by painting the blood of a lamb on their doorways. This plague “passed over” all families who protected themselves in this way. The last three blood moons in this tetrad will occur consecutively on 08 October, 2014 (Sukkot), 04 April, 2015 (Passover) and 28 September, 2015 (Sukkot).
Besides the fact that all previous blood moon tetrads have occurred on Jewish feast days, it is striking to note that is was during the last tetrads in 1967 – 1968 that the six day war occurred in which Jerusalem was captured. Research reveals that a significant historical event or events, affecting the Jewish people and impacting the world, have occurred during the ‘season’ of each previous blood moon tetrad in the past. Besides the tetrads mentioned here, previous blood moon tetrads have occurred in 1949 - 1950, 1493 - 1494, 860AD – 861 AD, 842 AD – 843 AD, 795 AD – 796 AD, 162 AD – 163 AD. Further detailed information regarding the blood moon tetrad can be found at NASA’s web site: www.nasa.gov
It was a full house Thursday night at Carman Community Hall as chair Talbot Bergsma and the Carman Area Foundation shared the good news that 22 Area Organizations would receive over $44,000 in annual grants. After everyone posed a a congratulatory group photo Talbot gave Al Friesen his impressions..
photos provided by Robin Bergsma
April 14, 2014
It's going to be a cold week in southern Manitoba. Temperatures look to remain well below normal heading into Good Friday and the Easter weekend. We may get back to normal values at some point this weekend as the colder air retreats. There are no substantial threats of precipitation this period but a snow event is likely not far to our south in the coming days as the next Clipper system drops southeast.
A cold start to the day in the region. Expect a mix of sun and cloud, a north wind, and a high of -4. There is a slight chance of flurries. It'll be partly cloudy and breezy tonight with a low of -13. We warm up a bit tomorrow as a Clipper moves into the Dakotas. A mix of sun and cloud is in the forecast with a southeast wind and a high of -2. Snow develops in central and southern North Dakota late in the day.
Precipitation should remain south of the border tomorrow night but some flurry activity can't be completely ruled out. The wind shifts to the northeast overnight with a low of -11. Cold air remains entrenched over southern Manitoba for Wednesday. A partly cloudy sky is in the forecast along with a north wind and a high of -3. Thursday looks to be the warmest day of the week with sunshine and a high of zero.
Not much "excitement" for the Easter weekend in terms of precipitation but there is "excitement" for those wanting warmer weather. Good Friday features mainly sun and a high of +5. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high of 8 degrees. Easter Sunday looks fantastic with mainly sun and a high of 12. Long range models suggest near to above normal temperatures next week as western ridge shifts east.
Saturday was a "messy day" in parts of southern Manitoba. A rain/snow mix caused some issues on roads, especially for areas along and north of the Trans-Canada Highway where the highest amounts of snow fell.
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