Friday, February 29, 2008

Weekend outlook

It will be a fairly nice weekend over southern MB this weekend, although brisk winds at times and more cloud cover will make it less pleasant than last weekend when sunny skies and light winds gave ideal conditions for outdoor activities. For this weekend, milder air will try returning on Saturday, but gusty southerly winds and cloud cover will make it feel colder, with temperatures gradually climbing towards the freezing mark by evening. Saturday night should be mild with light winds although a frontal trof crossing southern MB may give a period of light snow to the Red River valley with one or 2 cm possible. Sunday will start off pleasant with mild temperatures (zero to -3c) and light winds. However a cold front will push through by afternoon, bringing increasing northwest winds and falling temperatures in the afternoon and evening.

Monday will be cold with light winds before another Alberta clipper moves through on Tuesday bringing another threat of snow.. possibly 5 cm to southern MB. Colder air will follow in the wake of this system for Wednesday through Friday of next week, with much below normal temperatures. Winter ain't over yet folks..


  1. On Thursday we got 6 to 8cm of snow (hard to tell exactly because it had drifted a bit).

    Unfortunately today and tomorrow are going to be slightly colder than expected, so 0 degrees will be a long shot. I was hoping to get rid of some of that snow! In Western Manitoba things will be a bit warmer with temperatures in the 0 to 3 range, better than minus temperatures!

  2. Rob, what would you recommend for a personal weather station. Currently I have a Nexxtech one from the Source. The temperature seems to be fairly reliable with near or above zero temperatures, but by -10 things are not very accurate. The wind speed is horrendous, the highest speed I have ever recorded is 22km/h, at the time the wind was probably 50km/h G 70km/h. The humidity and pressure seem quite unpredictable as well, and the wind chill is not calculated by Environment Canada standards.

    What would you recommend for a good station. If I just said price wasn't a factor (for interest sake) then what would you suggest. And for a tighter budget what would be the best for money?

  3. Scott..

    For the money, your best bet is the Vantage Pro line from Davis. These are probably the best value for the money in terms of quality and reliability of the station sensors. These stations are increasingly becoming a low cost option for industry, including forestry, hyrdomet, and agriculture (including CWB's latest Weatherbug venture)

    These VP stations will set you back around $500, plus you'll have to purchase their Weatherlink datalogger software to get the station data onto the internet (another $150 or so). Various wholesale suppliers (such as Ambient Weather) can supply these at a discounted rate from Davis.

    Oregon Scientific and La Crosse offer less expensive weather station options, but my experience is that their sensors are not as reliable/accurate, and they are a little more complicated to set up over the Davis. They will do an adequate job however for those on a tighter budget.

  4. Spring is getting closer! Currently 18C in southwest North Dakota, thanks to sunshine and a snowfree terrain. Now if we could only start melting the snow around here! (probably still a good 3 to 4 weeks away from getting rid of the snow here in the Red River valley)