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Derek Heide's Weather Outlook

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.

Rosenort Ladies Spring Tea

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...

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Dennis Thiessen -- Recognition Night, MB Sports Hall of Fame

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.

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Derek Heide's Weather Outlook

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.

Lunar Eclipse -- Photo and Text from Lois Fast

 

(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

Carman Area Foundation Annual Grants

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..

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photos provided by Robin Bergsma

Derek Heide's Weather Outlook

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.

Derek Heide's Weather Outlook

April 11, 2014

 

Here we go again. Another snow-producing system is set to impact southern Manitoba in the next 24 hours. The good news is that temperatures should be high enough tomorrow afternoon for some melting. Temperatures are going to trend well below normal this weekend and early next week as northern high pressure drops south behind the system.

A rather cloudy day is in store for us ahead of a low pressure system which will push into the Dakotas tonight. There is a slight chance of showers with a light wind and a high of 8. Precipitation chances increase tonight with a rain/snow mix possible late this evening, changing to all snow overnight. We may see up to 5 centimetres of snow with the low getting down to -1.

Snow should be falling tomorrow morning as the system continues east. Odds are good that much of southern Manitoba will wake up to a layer of fresh snow on the ground. The forecast high tomorrow is +2 with some mixing in during the afternoon. Taking this into account, some of the snow is likely to melt. Be on the lookout for icy roads tomorrow morning and slushy roads in the afternoon.

Precipitation tapers off late in the day but there may be some light rain or light snow to contend with in the evening. It'll be mostly cloudy with a north wind and a low of -6. Roads may become slippery, once again. Cold air mass settles in at the end of the weekend with temperatures a good 10 degrees below normal. Sunday will be partly cloudy with a chance of flurries and a high of -1. Monday features a chance of flurries and a high of -1 again.

The cold weather continues on Tuesday with mostly sun in the forecast and a high of zero. Warming trend is anticipated for the rest of the period but temperatures will remain below normal. Expect mainly sun on Wednesday and a high of +2. Thursday features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 4 degrees. Hey, at least it's plus temperatures!

 

I am not a fan of posting these types of pictures in April but that's just the way it goes. Snow is on the way with significant amounts possible in parts of southern Manitoba. Be prepared for slippery roads tomorrow!

Derek Heide's Weather Outlook

April 10, 2014

 

Some nice, warm weather to enjoy the rest of this week but not as warm as it was yesterday. The best chance of precipitation comes tomorrow night into Saturday as a low pressure system pushes through. The potential is there for some rain and snow in southern Manitoba but a major storm is not anticipated. Temperatures will drop well below normal values this weekend.

It's going to be a rather nice day in the region. We'll see a partly cloudy sky, a west wind, and a high of 9 degrees. Tonight features a few clouds along with a diminishing wind and a low of zero. Low pressure system organizes to our west tomorrow. Expect a mix of sun and cloud, a light wind, and a high of 10. Precipitation chances increase tomorrow night.

A rain/snow mix is possible by mid to late evening as low pressure moves southeast into North Dakota. Precipitation may become all snow overnight with a low of zero in the forecast but not sure if there will be much if any accumulation. The threat of rain and snow continues on Saturday with the best chance of snow in the morning. Roads may be slushy or slippery, at times, especially early in the day. Saturday's high is 4.

Precipitation should wind down on Saturday night but some flurries or freezing rain can't be ruled out. A rather cold air mass settles in for the rest of the weekend. Sunday features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of +1. Models do hint at a weak wave moving through which may set off some flurries throughout the day.

Below normal temperatures stick with us for the remainder of the period under northwest flow aloft. Monday will be partly cloudy with a high of zero. We'll see mainly sun on Tuesday with a high of +2. Expect mostly sun on Wednesday with a high of 3 degrees. Medium to long range models suggest the below normal temperatures will stick around for awhile. Our normal high is 10.

 

The snow continues to melt in southern Manitoba. More and more patches of green and brown are popping up all over the place. There may be some snow tomorrow night into Saturday but it likely won't stick around.

 

Savour Manitoba -- Rocky Lake Birchworks Ltd.

This week on "Savour Manitoba" we featured the McLauchlan family -- Rocky Lake Birchworks. Rocky Lake is located 55 kilometers North of The Pas, and is surrounded by pristine land, and an abundance of Birch trees.

One of their specialties is Birch Syrup -- one of the rarest gourmet food products in the world, and one of the most difficult to produce. Al Friesen spoke with Johanna McLauchlan about this family project.

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For more details, visit their website:

http://www.rockylakebirch.com/Default.htm

 

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