Freezing Rain Vs. Freezing Drizzle: What’s the difference?

Freezing Rain Vs. Freezing Drizzle: What’s the difference? In the winter months, one of the most feared weather conditions is freezing rain. It causes ice to accumulate on roads and sidewalks, making travel treacherous. While we all know freezing rain is dangerous, what makes it different from freezing drizzle, or even black ice? In this […]

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La Niña Watch Issued; Is a Cold Winter Coming?

La Niña Watch Issued; Is a Cold Winter Coming? A La Niña Watch was issued by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) last week. According to the CPC website, a La Niña Watch is issued when conditions are favourable for the development of La Niña conditions within the next six months. As you’ve probably heard before, […]

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Will Hailstorms be More Common on the Prairies in the Future?

Will Hailstorms be More Common on the Prairies in the Future? Will hailstorms be more common on the Canadian Prairies in the future? That question was posed by atmospheric scientists from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the University of Manitoba in a recent article titled “The changing hail threat over North America in response to […]

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Forecasting Summer Weather on the Prairies

Forecasting Summer Weather on the Prairies Forecasting summer weather on the Prairies is one of the great challenges in meteorology. Summer weather is volatile, ranging from searing heat, to vicious storms, to cool outbreaks of polar air. Northern parts of the Prairies can be experiencing heavy snow, while southern parts experience hot and stormy weather. […]

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Was it a Tornado, or Straight-Line Winds?

One frequent question we get is: “What’s the difference between a tornado and straight-line winds?” In today’s blog we explore that question. According to the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a tornado is: A rotating column of air, in contact with the surface, pendant from a cumuliform cloud, and often visible as a funnel cloud and/or […]

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