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, 2:36 PM GMT on January 31, 2007
Today clearing is expected with winds north 20 km/h becoming light near noon. The forecast high will be -15 (5f) but the temp will be falling to -17 (1f) this afternoon.The current wind chill is -28 (-18f).
Tonight will bring back clouds and a 60% chance of flurries with westerly winds at 20 km/h with will die down near midnight. The low is expected to be -19 (-2f) with a wind chill of -28 (-18f).
I talked to the doctor yesterday about my mother and she appearently had a minor stroke again, but he says that she is up and eating and should recover.
I haven't been able to visit with the cold and flu. It sems to be reoccuring.
By: plapman, 2:58 PM GMT on January 30, 2007
Today is forecast to be sunny with some clouds moving in this afternoon. The wind will become west 20 km/h near noon. The forecast high is -14 (7f) and the predicted wind chill this afternoon will be -25 (-13f). Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries and a northerly wind at 20 km/h. The low is expected to be -22 (-7f) and a wind chill of -32 (-26f).
Well I'm back to work much against the wifes wishes but I did get her to drive me as the cold and flu lingers on. I'm still waiting results from tests yesterday on my mother's condition, they should be in today.
By: plapman, 8:36 PM GMT on January 29, 2007
Today will be a mix of sun and cloud with a 60% chance of flurries early this afternoon. Blowing snow giving poor visibility at times early this afternoon. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 this afternoon. High - 16 (3f) with wind chill being -31 (-24f). tonight it will clear with light winds. A low of -26 (-15f) and wind chill of -28 (-18f) is expected.
I'm posting late today. I was sitting down at 8 am to post when my sister called. My mother was taken to the hospital again. They a determining if she had another stroke at the time.
By: plapman, 6:51 PM GMT on January 27, 2007
Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. Blowing snow giving poor visibility at times early this afternoon. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 20 this afternoon. the high is expected to be -18 (0f) with the winds a wind chill of -33 (-27f). Its going to be a chilly night with a low of -26 (-15f) and a wind chill of -29 (-20f).
The flu has struck home. I believe the daughter brought it home from school. She was down with it on Thursday and both the wife and me are suffering its effects now.
By: plapman, 2:17 PM GMT on January 25, 2007
Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. The high is expected to be -3 (27f). Tonight the temp will remain around -3 (27f) but the wind will become a big factor as it picks up to 30km/h with gusts to 60km/h. Tomorrow should prove to be interesting with 2 cm of snow forecast along with the gusty winds.
The granddaughter had her first prenatal appointment yesterday. It looks like all is well with her and the baby. The delivery date will be in July. I still think I'm too young to be a great-grandfather.
By: plapman, 2:12 PM GMT on January 24, 2007
Todays forecast is more of the same...Cloudy with sunny periods. 30% chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h becoming light this morning. The expected high is -7 (19f). Tonight the low is expected to be -16 (3f). It sounds like a nice day for January on the northern edge of the prairies.
We had an uneventful trip to the city yesterday, but have to make a return trip next Tuesday. I hope the weather is similiar to yesterday.
By: plapman, 1:51 PM GMT on January 23, 2007
Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with 30 % chance of flurries this morning. A few flurries beginning near noon. The high is expected to be near -8 (18f). Tonight it will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries and a low of -10 (14f).
I'm off to the city (Winnipeg) today with my mother. She has an appointment with a laser surgeon for her eyes. After cancelling twice due to weather and health since Dec 19 we can finally make it.
By: plapman, 7:38 PM GMT on January 22, 2007
Today the weatherman covers all bases again with a mix of sun and cloud.The wind is northwest 20 km/h. A high of -6 (21f) is expected. The n/w wind @ 30 km/h will become light near midnight with an overnight low of -12 (10f) expected.
The wife was called into work last night. She has been working 18 of the last 20 days. There seems to be a spat of people in pain.
Buck the dog got another bunny chase on Sunday, but still no rabbit stew. I guess I'll have to give up on his hunting abilities.
By: plapman, 3:30 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries this morning.The expected high is -6 (21f). Tonight the cloud cover will be similiar with an overnight low of -14 (7f).
Buck the dog enjoyed his struct yesterday with 1 bunny chase. That dog will never learn a 3 lb bunny moving across the top of the snow will never be caught by a 100 lb dog breaking through. He ran 1/4 mile chasing the bunny till it got lost in a bluff of willow. Then he ran all the way back to me. I wish I had that kind of energy.
Updated: 3:30 PM GMT on January 21, 2007
By: plapman, 3:33 PM GMT on January 20, 2007
Today will be a mix of sun and cloud with a high of -7 (19f) and an overnight low of -14 (7f).
Today will mark my first trip to the new Wal-mart. The wife has been there a couple of times and says it's huge. The day it opened the newspaper story said there were people there at 7 am waiting for the doors to open at 8.
By: plapman, 2:19 PM GMT on January 19, 2007
Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a high of -11 (12f). Tonight the low is expected to be -15 with cloud cover.
I guess this is normal temps for this part of the prairies. It's certainly better than last week at this time. There's quite a difference in temps in western and eastern Manitoba. Brandon 110 km west has a temp of -17 while Winnipeg 10 km east has a temp of -25. The temp here is -21 this morning. It made for a cool walk to work but the winds are light so that there is no recordable wind chill.
By: plapman, 1:55 PM GMT on January 18, 2007
Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30 % chance of flurries.The wind is currently northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. The temp will be falling this morning to -14 (7f) this afternoon. Tonight it will clear with an overnight low of -20 (-4f).
I attended the Community Consultive Group meeting last night at the local RCMP detachment. It was an informitive meeting with the inspectors detachment plan discussed as well as last years crime statistics. The group keeps growing and soon it will outgrow the detachment boardroom and a new home will have to be found.
By: plapman, 2:02 PM GMT on January 17, 2007
Today will cloudover with a high of -3 (27f). The overnight low will be -12 (10f). It sure is a pleasant change from last week. It looks like the cooler temperatures have moved eastward giving the east a taste of winter.
It was so nice last night I took Buck the dog on a second walk. We stayed in town and he stayed on his leash but enjoyed the walk anyway. He still has an unexplained fear of trains, shying as we neared a train on the walk.
By: plapman, 2:06 PM GMT on January 16, 2007
Today has a 60% chance of flurries. The wind is southerly @20 km/h this morning. The expected high -8 (18f).A balmy day compared to the past week. The wind chill warning is still in effect this morning with wind chills in the -40 (-40f) range. It is expected to clear this evening with an overnight low of -13 (9f).
I wasn't going to take Buck the dog for his struct last night but he kept eyeing his leash so I broke down and took him out. He was more energetic than usual and decided it was a good night to chase vehicles. He collided with one. He wasn't hurt but sure was scared. Hopefully he'll remember the experience and leave them alone in the future.
By: plapman, 5:11 PM GMT on January 15, 2007
Today it will cloud over with a 30% flurries this evening. The expected high is -20 (-4f). The overnight low is expected to be -26 (-15f).
It was a cool walk to work this morning. The temp was -27 (-17) with a 15km/h wind giveing a wind chill of -39 (-38f). What a way to end vacation.
By: plapman, 3:28 PM GMT on January 14, 2007
Today will be a mix of sun and cloud with clearing this afternoon. The wind will be light @ 15 km/h. The high is expected to be -21 (-6f).the wind chill will be -39 (-38f)this morning. Tonight it will be clear with a low of -27 (-17f).
I got the lazy dog out for his walk yesterday afternoon. He really enjoyed it as he ran with his tail high and wagging. It wasn't all that bad with my back to the wind .
The youngest daughter went swimming yesterday with friends and came home with her sister and her kids. They met up at the pool.
Portage has a good indoor pool facility with water slides. It's in the Southport rec center. Southort was a military base till it closed. The base still houses the basic flight training for the forces but they are privately run under contract.
By: plapman, 3:42 PM GMT on January 13, 2007
Today will be sunny with a southerly wind s@20 km/h becoming west 20 near noon. The high will bw -13 (9f). The wind chill remains dangerous at -34 (-29f). Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -32 (-26f) giving a wind chill of -36 (-33f).
I'm going to hav to bundle up today and take Buck the dog for a short walk. The dog was bored last night andwouldn't leave me sit. He'd get his bone and push it against me a ploy to pinch me with his front teeth. I'd get up to put him outside and he'd play catch me if you can.
By: plapman, 2:05 PM GMT on January 12, 2007
Today will be sunny with winds nw up to 15 km/h. The high is expected to be -26 (-15f) Windchills this afternoon around -36 (-33f) Tonight wil remain clead with an overnight low of -29 (-20f). The current temp is -32 (-26f) with a wind chill factor making it feel like -44 (47f). Brandon to the west currently has a wind chill of -50 (-58f).
It looks like the cool temps will reamin for the weekend with only gradual improvement.
Buck the dog missed his daily walkabout yesterday. I tried to stay indoors as much as possible. It looks like today will be another exercise free day for him.
By: plapman, 2:06 PM GMT on January 11, 2007
It will be a cold one today.
Today will have periods of light snow and blowing snow. The wind will be northerly 40 km/h gusting to 60. The temperature will fall as the day progresses to -23 (-9f) this afternoon. The wind will be a big factor givivg a wind chill of -37 (-35f). Tonght the wind will drop to northerly 20km/h with an overnight low of -28 (-18f). The wind will continue to cause extreme temps with a wind chill of -41 (42f) expected tonight.
The highways in southern Manitoba are all experiencing visiblity problems but none are closed at present, but I'm sure by the end of the day the Trans-Canada will be closed leaving many travellers and truckers stranded in Portage.
The wife and granddaughter have to work tonight. I usally end up being the chauffer during storm conditions. The road to McCain's can get pretty treacherous at time with drifts and poor visibilty.
Updated: 2:11 PM GMT on January 11, 2007
By: plapman, 3:43 PM GMT on January 10, 2007
Todays forecast calls for snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. At present the wind is southeast 30 km/h but it is expected to become light this afternoon. The predicted high is -7 (19f). Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries this evening. The overnight low will be -19 (-2f). The cuurent temp is -12 with a wind chill of -23 (-9). The winds are gusting to 45 kn/h.
I broke down and gave the youngest a ride to school this morning. She has about a 3/4 mile walk to get there. The blowing conditions and a teenagers thoughts that cool means freezing because they won't dress properly I thought it as better.
By: plapman, 2:36 PM GMT on January 09, 2007
Today will be sunny, with the wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. The high today will be -10 (14f). Tonight the clouds will take over with a se wind at 20 km/h. The overnight low will be -14 (7f).
The long range forecast is for colder temps by Friday with a Friay high of only -23 (-9f).
By: plapman, 2:23 PM GMT on January 08, 2007
Today is expected to have a mix of sun and cloud with a high od -8 (18f). Tonight thw wind will be NW 20 km/h gusting to 40 with and overnight low of -13 (9f).
The wife was home last night and continued working on family trees. She gets confused with the new program but will learn it I'm sure.
School is back in today. The youngest was up with the help of her new clock radio and ready to go when I got up. Though they won't admit it they do miss the daily school routine.
Updated: 2:26 PM GMT on January 08, 2007
By: plapman, 3:40 PM GMT on January 07, 2007
A few flurries are expected this morning then clearing will occur this afternoon.The wind will be the big factor this morning out of the northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming west 20 near noon. It now the high @ -5 (23f) as the temperature falls to -7 (19f) this afternoon. Tonight the wind will become light with an overnight low of -15 (5f).
I had 2 grandkids here for a sleepover last night. It seems that they never sleep. I got them in jammies at 11 and they were still awake when the wife came home at 12:45. They were quiet though.
By: plapman, 3:11 PM GMT on January 06, 2007
This morning will be sunny with clouds taking over this afternoon. The wind will be south 20 km/h becoming light near noon. The expected high is -2 (28f). Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The wind will shift to the NW at30 km/h overnight. The overnight low is expected to be -8 (18f).
The city has cleared some of Buck and my trails. There is a streach along a snow fence they clear to prevent drifting on a nearby road. It makes a great walking trail. I can unleash him and let him do his bunny hunt. He stands with his front paws on the banks and surveys the surrounding area for bunnies.
By: plapman, 4:24 PM GMT on January 05, 2007
Today will be cloudy with a 70% chance of flurries this morning. The temp will remain steady near -2 (28f). Tonight it will clear with an overnight low of -11 (12f).
The wife is really into geneaolgy. She has been putting together a book on the computer that has grown to nearly 200 mb in size. She has her family to the late 1600s on both her mothers and fathers side. She has found photos from the late 1800s and has made me scan them for her book. She has my family on my mothers side into the 1500s. She has spent 100s of hours on her book if not 1000s.
Last night she came home fom work and has decided to change the format of her research and use a commercialy availible program. What can you say. LOL
By: plapman, 2:20 PM GMT on January 04, 2007
Today will be cloudy with sunny periods. the winds remain southwesterly at 20 km/h. The high is expected to be 3 (37f) Tonight the wind will shift to the northwest at 20 km/h and the temp will fall to -6 (27f).
The Safeway store here announced it will close its doors on Feb 3. Its been a shopping institution in Portgae for 75 years. I guess with the new Wal-Mart selling groceries and a new Loblaws in developement stage Safeway felt the competion to great. The Safeway employees are being given the chance to work at Winnipeg stores.
By: plapman, 4:17 PM GMT on January 03, 2007
Today the high is exepected to be a springlike 6 (43f) but the winds will be southwest @30 km/h. Tonight the winds will drop to southwest 20 km/h with an overnight low of -4 (25f).
It looks like a great day in store but I'm sure it's not an early spring arrivial.
I had a quiet night last night, the daughter went to a friends to watch movies, granddaughter was off to the boyfriends and the wife was working. I spent the evening reinstalling windows on a friends computer.
By: plapman, 2:51 PM GMT on January 02, 2007
Today the high is expected to be 3 (37f) with a mix of sun and cloud. The wind will become westerly 20 km/h this morning. The overnight low will be -1 (30f) with the winds becoming light overnight.
The daily strut with Buck the dog is becoming harder. The depth of snow makes off road travel tough on me, but has little effect on the dog. He still has enough clearance to cross fields, though he does he hung up in ditches. It's funny to watch him running out of a field and into a 5 foot deep ditch filled with snow.
We had a quiet New Years. The wife did a pork pot roast with just the youngest daughter here to enjoy it.
By: plapman, 4:03 PM GMT on January 01, 2007
It looks like today will be sunny wih westerly winds at 20km/h. The high is expected to be 0 (32f). The overnight low will be -10 (14f).
I had a very quiet New Years Eve. Just me and the wife as the granddaughter worked and the youngest daughter spent the evening at a church youth New years celebration.
Most people have thier drives cleared of the snow but the residential streets remain treacherous.