Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)
By: plapman, 2:23 PM GMT on November 30, 2006
The high today is forecast to be -15 with NW winds at 15 km/h giving a chill factor of -30. Clear today but clouding over tonight with an overnight low of -14. The winds should shift to the SW tonight, maybe warming the air.
I took Buck on his stroll last evening. I cut the walk to 2 miles. He still loves the snow and is always sniffing for a fresh bunny track. By the time we got home he was lifting a front paw when we stopped. The cold must have been getting to him.
By: plapman, 2:22 PM GMT on November 29, 2006
The forecast high today is -12. The overnight low is expected to be -19. The main factor today is the North-westerly wind @ 20 gusting to 40.
A cool walk to work this morning with a temperature of -18 and a wind chill of -29. The snow has quit, luckily we never received the expected 35 cm. There was only 10-15 cm of fresh snow. The wind and fresh snow are causing visiblity problems on highways with drifting.
The wife went to work last evening and was surprized by the number of people at McCains. The parking area looking like a full shift was running but the plant's chimmneys were free of the steam generated with production.
By: plapman, 2:12 PM GMT on November 28, 2006
The high today is -3 with an overnight low of -14. The snow continues. A snow warning is in effect with up to 35 cm falling by tomorrow morning. The winds are easterly @ 20 gusting to 40 km/w. The snow is expected to end overnight.
The walk to work was heavy. There's about 5 cm of fresh snow on the ground.
The granddaughter had to work at 7 this morning. She certainly isn't a morning person. She has a hard time coordinating her efforts to get ready while I waited to give her a ride. The wife works a short 3 hour shift tonight. I guess I'll be the designated driver for that as she hates winter road conditions.
By: plapman, 2:10 PM GMT on November 27, 2006
The high for today is forecast to be -5 with and overnight low of -7. Cloudy with snow starting this evening, 2-4 cm expected overnight. Winds are easterly @ 30 km/h.
A winter storm watch is issued for tomorrow with 15 to 25 cm of snow expected. Winds northerly 40 gusting ot 60 km/h.
By: plapman, 3:24 PM GMT on November 26, 2006
It snowed last night. The ground is white with about 2 cm cover. The high is expected to be -10 with an overnight low of -16. Winter has set in for sure.
Granddaughter worked a 12 hour shift last night. She came home at 3 am very tired.
McCain's had a staff banquet. I hear that thier in shutdown mode till Friday with plant maintenace the goal.
By: plapman, 3:50 PM GMT on November 25, 2006
Today the forecast high is -12. The overnight low is expected to be -21. Its clear with a westerly wind at 2-km/h. The wind certainly makes it feel colder.
The wife will be home tonight as McCains is in shutdown mode. She's giving days a try for the weekend.
Some poor trucker pulled in at 12:30 this morning looking for a load at McCains only to be turned away. He parked and had a sleep and was gone when the wife was dropped off this morning.
By: plapman, 1:22 AM GMT on November 25, 2006
I missed this mornings post. I had to make a trip to head office this morning. The roads were snow covered but not that slippery. It looks like we are in for a cold weekend here on the prairies. The forecast is for some -20 temps in the early morning hours.
By: plapman, 2:08 PM GMT on November 23, 2006
The temp here on the prairies is expected to remain the same throughout the day and night. The high and low are both expected to be -2. It's clear at present but expected to cloudy over with flurries and freezing rain tonight. Easterly winds at 11 gave a windchill of -17 on the walk to work this morning.
Further north in the Dauphin-Fisher Branch regions up to 10 cm of snow is expected.
By: plapman, 2:11 PM GMT on November 22, 2006
A great day is forecast. The high will be 11. It is short lived though with an overnight low forecast to be -11. The winds will be westerly at 20 with cloudy periods.
Yesterdays high was 8.6 and an overnight low of 1.3.
The granddaughter got paid yesterday, her second cheque. She was all happy and is planning a tattoo for her 18th birthday next month.
By: plapman, 2:14 PM GMT on November 21, 2006
Todays high is expected to be 6 with and overnight low of -1. Light southerly winds. Its clear at present but expected to have cloudy periods later in the day.
Yesterdays high was 6.6 and an overnight low of -2.9.
Wife was home last night and still in cleaning mode. While she was upstairs I managed to bottle a batch of beer without disturbance.
By: plapman, 2:05 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
A windy day is forecast. The high expected id 6 and an overnight low of -4. The wind is from the SW @ 30 gusting to 50. Cloudy, clearing this afternoon.
Yesterdays high was -2.2 and an overnight low of -6.8.
Buck was mugged on our walk yesterday. He gave chase to a bunny and came back with no collar. He never had bunny on his breath so I guess it was a 1 way beating.
By: plapman, 4:18 PM GMT on November 19, 2006
Today is forecast to have a high of 2 and an overnight low of -9. Clear skies are expected for the Grey Cup fans in Winnipeg.
Yesterday's high was 6.1 and an overnight low of -4.6.
It will be cool for the fans in Winnipeg today, but thet are hardy souls.
By: plapman, 3:21 PM GMT on November 18, 2006
Today is forecast to be clear with a high of 3 and an overnight low of -8. Mostly calm.
Yesterday had a high of 4.5 with an overnight low of -6.9.
It looks like a good day to replace the burnt out bulbs on the Christmas lights and get then functioning.
The city's Island of Lights was turned on last night. Its a great Christmas display with thousands of lights forming animals, fish, dinosaurs and people.
By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on November 17, 2006
Today's high expected to be +1 with an overnight low of -10. Clearing is forecast for this afternoon with winds from the NW at 30 kph.
Freezing rain again last night have left the roads dangerous again. The high yesterday was 0.8 with and overnight low of -3.9.
It was raining when I took Buck for his walk last night. I have some ice cleats that I wear on slippery days. The dog needs a pair. He went down twice.
By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on November 16, 2006
The forecast for today is cloudy with winds from the SE @ 30 kph. The high will be +1 with an overnight low of -4.
Yesterdays high was -1.7 with an overnight low of -4.7.
The bypass detour opened yesterday. There should be a noticible decrease in traffic through the city. Luckily there hasn't been a serious accident.
By: plapman, 2:07 PM GMT on November 15, 2006
The forecast high for today is -2 with and overnight low of -10. The present cloud cover is supposed to clear tonight.
Yesterday's high was 8.1 and an overnight low of -5.
The roads are back to normal winter driving conditions. The mild temps yesterday melted the ice and made travelling less tense.
By: plapman, 2:12 PM GMT on November 14, 2006
A nice day forecast with a high of 6 and a cool overnight low of -9. Southerly wind at 30 this morning which is forecast to drop off the afternoon.
A bit of rain overnight is making highway conditions hazardous with a single vehicle roll over just east of Portage on the Trans-Canada just being clean up.
Yesterday had a high of 3.2 and an overnight low of -3. The shower making for a slippery walk to work this morning.
Wife went into housecleaning mode yesterday. I found a place in the basement and stayed out her way. I have learned to stay out of her way when she goes into that mode.
By: plapman, 3:37 PM GMT on November 13, 2006
Today...Cloudy. Wind southeast 20 km/h. High plus 3.
Tonight...Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers. Clearing overnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h. Low zero.
The daughter was upset that she had to go to school today and I got the day off. I guess it starts a make up for the teacher in service breaks they get.
Busy avenue this morning as I went to get the van serviced. An ambulance at one of the seniors residences and an RCMP crusier had stopped a car. A new route is sheduled to be opened this week to divert some of the traffic around the city center. Its a gravel road for a mile and I think they truckers will continue thriugh the city.
By: plapman, 3:36 PM GMT on November 12, 2006
Today Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early this afternoon. Risk of freezing drizzle this morning. High plus 2 with temperature falling to minus 4 this afternoon.
Clearing early this evening. Low minus 12
I got up too ate to get a high for yesterdat as the temp is already warmer than yesterday.
It was a cool walk with Buck yesterday. The wind was from the south. That dog dosen't care though. To him it's a beautiful day every day when he gets his walk. It was his birthday yesterday. He's no longer a puppy and has made 2 years. Hopefuly he'll quit growing.
By: plapman, 3:48 PM GMT on November 11, 2006
The forecast for today is cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind becoming southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High minus 1.
The evening will bring clouds with 70 percent chance of flurries this evening. Clearing overnight. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near midnight. Low minus 4.
Yesterday was cool. The high was -4.9 with an overnight low of -10.6. We had clouds and flurries throughout the day with a cold NW wind.
By: plapman, 2:09 PM GMT on November 10, 2006
A cool forecast. The high for today is -4 with an overnight low of -12. A light NW breeze with clouds and a chance of flurries.
Yesterdays high was -0.2 and an overnight low of -9.8.
The walk to work was cool. The temp is -9 with the NW breeze making it feel like -17.
A local high school teacher passed away at a hockey game Wednesday evening. He'll be missed by his French students as he was a French Immersion teacher.
By: plapman, 2:05 PM GMT on November 09, 2006
Its forecast to be cooler today than the last couple of days. The high is expected to be only -1 and an overnight low of -11. Cloudy with 60% chance of flurries.
Yesterdays high was 4 and an overnight low of -4.1. The wind never blew as strong as predicted.
I attended the local Community Consultive Group meeting last night at the RCMP detachment. There was a good turnout. Traffic problems caused by the Trans-Canada detour were discussed. A traffic count put 14000 vehicles a day through the city center. This is up from 500 before the detour. The RCMP now have a 0 tolerance policy on the road hoping to prevent a serious accident.
Crime in the city is down slightly from last year at this time. Thats a sign that local inititives and policing are working.
By: plapman, 2:15 PM GMT on November 08, 2006
A warm day forecast, but westerly winds will change it quickly. The high today is forecast to be 9 with an overnight low of -4. The temperature will begin to drop this afternoon when westerly winds 40 km/h with gusts to 70 are expected.
Yesterdays high was 2.3 and an overnight low of -0.1. Rain overnight has just about melted all the snow.
Further north in the province they had a heavy snowfall. A travel advisory has been issued for The Pas-Flin Flon and Snow Lake area with snow packed and slippery highways.
By: plapman, 1:58 PM GMT on November 07, 2006
The forecast today includes 60% chance of rain and freezing rain. The snow will dissappear it that comes about. The high is forecast to be 3 with overnight warming to 6.
Yesterday's high was 4 and an overnight low of -0.2. There's just enough frost to make the walk to work very slippery.
The wife was off last night and we watched summer vacation videos. The wife was the camera person and shot almost 8 hours of video.
By: plapman, 2:35 PM GMT on November 06, 2006
A warm no freeze day forecast. The high forecast to be 2 and an overnight low of 0.
Cloudy and 60% chance of rain overnight.
It's currently 1 and cloudy. It feels like spring, but I know its just a brief reprieve.
I slept in this morning. Somehow the volume on the clock radio got turnrd down over the weekend. It happens once in a while. It must be gremlins doing it.
The wife and I made a coffee run out to visit the daughter in her temporary home yesterday. It's a nice place, farm home that gives the kids lots of room to run off excess energy. Her new home should be started this week and with everything going right she should moved in before spring thaw.
By: plapman, 3:34 PM GMT on November 05, 2006
Its ckear now, not a cloud in the sky.but the weatherman says its going to cloud over later in the day. The high is forecast to be +5. Tonight is forecast to be cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening with clearing overnight. A low of -2 is expected.
Yesterdays high was 3.7 and an overnight low of -6.1.
Not much new on the homefront. The granddaughter showed up after a 2 day sleepover in Oakville. She's back to work Monday.
By: plapman, 3:04 PM GMT on November 04, 2006
The high today is expected to be -1 with and overnight low of -2. Cloudy with 60% chance of flurries.
Yesterday it almost made it to the thaw stage. The high was -.1 with an overnight low of -10.
New neighbors (about a month ago) were noisy last night. The male was abusing the female. She'd come out the door and he'd drag her back in hitting and pulling her by the hair. A quick response by the RCMP when called had 5 patrol cars and 10 members on the street in less than 5 minutes. The couple denied anything happened. It was dark and not being able to positivly identify the assailant left the police little choice but to leave without charges. It's sad that a woman would take that kind of abuse without pressing charges.
By: plapman, 2:05 PM GMT on November 03, 2006
The high for today -4 with and overnight low of -7. Light southerly winds.
The high yesterday was 1 with and overnight low of -12.
Very cool walk this morning but I got a ride about 1/2 the way. The windchill factor feels like -20. Just about time to put the gloves away and bring out the mittens.
Buck enjoys his walks in this weather. He runs, hops and buries his nose in the snow. I guess he's searching for his favorite gopher but he does flush the occasional mouse in the process. The mouse quickly becomes dog food.
By: plapman, 2:17 PM GMT on November 02, 2006
The forecast for today is a high of -3 and a low of -10. Partly cloudy with a chance of flurries. The wind is westerly at 30 km/h.
Yesterday's high was .2 and an overnight low of -8.5.
It was cool on the walk to work this morning. The breeze from the NNW at 33 gusting to 40 and a temp of -4 gave a wind chill of -11. It's a good thing the wind was at my back.
Updated: 2:45 PM GMT on November 02, 2006
By: plapman, 3:27 PM GMT on November 01, 2006
The high for today is forecast to be -3 and an overnight low of -30. Partly cloudy with winds from the nw at 25 to 30.
The walk to work was at -5 with a -11 windchill.
The high yesterday was 1.2 and an overnight low of -5.1. The forecast snow never came, we just had a few flurries on top of the previous days snow.
It was a really quiet Halloween last night. We only had about 10 kids all night. Loads of candy left over. I guess the cool slippery conditions affected the turnout.