Hail series (Part 2): Storm patterns

Hail series (Part 2): Storm patterns Viewed from the air, we can see that hail falls along paths known as hail swaths. These can be quite small – a hectare or so (a few acres) in area – or quite large, 16 kilometres (10 miles) wide by 160 kilometres (100 miles) long. Hail swaths that persist […]

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Hail Series Introduction

Hail Series Introduction Over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing a series about hail. Hail affects nearly everyone at one time or another. Throughout the summer months, farmers, car dealers, insurance professionals, and many others, scan the sky daily. They are watching for towering cumulus clouds that may suddenly explode with thunder and lightning, […]

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One of the Driest Winters on Record Across Much of the Prairies – Except Southern Alberta

One of the Driest Meteorological Winters on Record Across Much of the Prairies – Except Southern Alberta *Note: these statistics do not include the early March 2018 winter storm across the Prairies, which was technically part of meteorological spring. It was a very dry meteorological winter (DJF) across much of the Prairies this year. Widespread […]

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Weatherlogics’ Summer Forecast for 2018

Weatherlogics’ Summer Forecast for 2018 Our summer forecast for temperature, rainfall, and thunderstorms in 2018. While it may not seem like it right now, spring is just around the corner. Meteorological spring begins on March 1, which has many people wondering what the upcoming summer has in store. We have prepared our outlook for this […]

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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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