It's been a very active few days over southern MB, with some of the most severe weather we've seen in years. It started off with a couple of strong nightime thunderstorms that rolled through Winnipeg last Sunday and Tuesday nights giving heavy rain and strong winds. Then Friday and Saturday saw two major tornado events, one that produced an F4 tornado in Elie that caused severe damage, and then at least 3 tornadoes over southwest MB Saturday night, two rated at least F3, one with a damage path almost 2 km wide. Friday night through Sunday night also produced severe thunderstorms across southern MB each night.. with severe winds causing major damage in the Whiteshell Saturday night, and large hail and heavy rain in other places (including over 100 mm near the Peace Gardens Saturday night!) Winnipeg was hit with two severe storms Saturday night.. one that brought 107 km/h wind gusts in the evening that caused tree damage in parts of the city, and one that produced twoonie to hardball size hail in the north end overnight. The stormy weather made a final appearance last night with heavy rains south and east of Winnipeg.
The stormy week has brought my monthly rainfall total in Charleswood up to 118 mm, almost 30 mm above average for June. In northern and eastern areas of the city, monthly rainfall totals are over 150 mm. What a difference compared to last year. To put it in perspective, consider that I've recorded more rain in June this year than I recorded all of last May, June, July and August combined last year (total 114 mm)
The good news is that we won't be getting any more severe storms or heavy rain for awhile.. at least the rest of this week. Drier and cooler air has spread in from the west, which will stabilize things and give us a much needed period of dry weather. After a cool day tomorrow with a chance of some light showers, sunny and warmer weather will move in for Thursday through Saturday. The next chance for showers or thunderstorms will be by Sunday as a low pressure trough moves in from the west. Until then, enjoy the nice quiet weather!