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A winter storm watch is in effect

By: plapman, 12:59 PM GMT on March 31, 2007

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of drizzle this morning.A high of only 4 (39f) is forecast.
Tonight will bring more rain with 5 to 10 mm expected. A low of 1 (34f) is predicted.
The Watch
Winter storm watch for
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman issued

10 cm of snow may fall in southern Manitoba Sunday afternoon.

The potential for severe winter weather exists over these regions.

A low pressure system will move across northern Minnesota on Sunday bringing significant amount of precipitation with it. Precipitation will begin in the form of rain over southern Manitoba this evening. Rain will change into snow Sunday morning over central Manitoba and Sunday afternoon in the Red River Valley including the City of Winnipeg. Snow will continue until midnight Sunday. 10 cm of snow are possible by midnight on Sunday. The exact path of the developing storm is still somewhat uncertain. This will lead to the timing of the phase change in precipitation, that may affect snowfall amounts. We will monitor the developing situation closely.

A winter storm watch is an alert of the potential development of severe winter weather. Persons in or near these areas should be prepared for developing adverse weather conditions and should listen for updated watches and possible warnings.

Conditions on the Assiniboine River
Levels continue to rise at most points from Miniota to Winnipeg. Levels have declined from Spruce Woods to Rossendale due to ice moving out. Minor flooding of valley lands is underway from St. Lazare to Grand Valley west of Brandon, where crests are expected this weekend or early next week.

Flows of 7000 cubic feet per second were diverted to Lake Manitoba via the Portage Diversion this morning with a total of 12700 cfs entering Portage Reservoir. Ice flows entered the Reservoir as of this morning, resulting in a large increase in flows. It appears that flows may not increase significantly beyond this morning’s values and therefore difficulties are unlikely. Operation of the Diversion will prevent flooding from Portage la Prairie to Winnipeg.

Outflows from Shellmouth Reservoir continue to be near 1700 cfs to provide storage for anticipated runoff from the upper Assiniboine River. The Reservoir level has not yet risen due to cool weather in the area upstream of the Dam. Outflow may soon be reduced in order to reduce downstream river levels and to ensure a good water supply in case there is a slow, dry melt.


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A cool spring day

By: plapman, 1:15 PM GMT on March 30, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods but becoming cloudy late this afternoon. The high will be only 3 (37f). Tonight will bring rain mixed with snow. We're expected to receive 5 to 10 mm of the wet stuff with an overnight low of 0 (32f).

Assiniboine River Conditions:
Levels will continue to rise from St. Lazare to Winnipeg. Minor flooding of valley lands is underway from St. Lazare to Grand Valley west of Brandon, where crest are expected this weekend or early next week.

About 1000 cubic feet per second was diverted at Portage la Prairie this morning of a total of 6500 cfs entering Portage Reservoir. Ice flows are expected to reach Portage la Prairie later today, at which time diversions will be increased to prevent flooding from downstream to Winnipeg.

Outflows from Shellmouth Reservoir continue to be near 1700 cfs to provide storage for anticipated runoff from the upper Assiniboine River. The Reservoir level has not yet risen due to cool weather in the area upstream of the Dam. Outflow may soon be reduced in order to reduce downstream river levels and to ensure a good water supply in case there is a slow, dry melt.





Updated: 1:27 PM GMT on March 30, 2007

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Spring on the prairies

By: plapman, 1:08 PM GMT on March 29, 2007

Today will bring rain at times mixed with snow ending this morning then clearing. The wind will become north 40 km/h gusting to 60 early this morning. The temperature will remain steady near 1 (34f). Tonight will remain clear. the the wind disapating near midnight. An overnight low of -6 (21f) is forecast.
The Trans-Canada highway west of Virden was closed for a while early this morning due to icy conditions. The weather watch has been lifted with with more rain than snow falling.
The Assiniboine River conditions are:
Levels continue to rise from St. Lazare to Grand Valley west of Brandon where the river is now somewhat above flood stage. Crests in this portion are expected to occur later this week or on the weekend. Ice in this portion is expected to move today or tomorrow. The ice jam at Spruce Woods has moved and appears to have passed through the PTH 34 this morning. Ice flows are likely to enter Portage Reservoir late tonight or tomorrow. This may require a brief diversion of up to 15,000 cfs. This morning 1000 cfs was being diverted to Lake Manitoba out of a total of 4800 cfs entering the Reservoir.
Tributaries in the area from St. Lazare to Virden are running very high but appear to have crested. Birdtail Creek and the Little Saskatchewan River are still on the rise but flooding is unlikely.

It appears that rainfall will be relatively light upstream of Shellmouth Reservoir, and as a result outflows from the Reservoir may need to be decreased very soon to help reduced river levels downstream. The reservoir water level has declined to near 1387 feet as outflows continue to exceed inflows. Runoff into the reservoir is just beginning as much snow remains to be melted in the Preeceville area.



Updated: 1:12 PM GMT on March 29, 2007

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Storm watch to the NW of here

By: plapman, 1:07 PM GMT on March 28, 2007

Today will be cloudy with showers beginning this morning. The wind will be southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. A high of 8 (46f) is expected. Showers will continue tonight and the windy conditions will remain. A low of 6 (43f) is forecast.
To the NW a winter storm watch is in effect.
Environment Canada's Official Weather Warnings
Watches
4:35 AM CDT Wednesday 28 March 2007
Winter storm watch for Dauphin - Roblin - Winnipegosis issued

Heavy snow possible tonight and Thursday.
The potential for severe winter weather exists over these regions.

A trough of low pressure approaching from Saskatchewan has the potential to bring heavy snow to parts of western Manitoba tonight and Thursday. Mostly rain can be expected today..Perhaps mixed with wet snow at times. As temperatures cool tonight the precipitation will change to snow. Snowfall amounts are heavily dependent upon how fast the changeover occurs, thus there is considerable uncertainty as to how much snow will fall (and remain on the ground) through to the end of Thursday. Current indications are that up to 20 cm of snow could fall in some areas. This watch will likely be upgraded to a warning in some or all of the above areas later today as the storm approaches.

A winter storm watch is an alert of the potential development of severe winter weather. Persons in or near these areas should be prepared for developing adverse weather conditions and should listen for updated watches and possible warnings.

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March 27 2007

By: plapman, 1:19 PM GMT on March 27, 2007

Today will be sunny with fog patches this morning. The winds will be SE at 20 km/h early this afternoon. A high of 8 (46f) is expected.Tonight will have cloudy periods with a se wind at 30 km/h. A low of 1 (34f) is forecast.
Buck the dog has found his summer nemesis has returned. The prairie dogs are now the preferred animal to chase. In the 2 summers I've been walking him he's caught 3. A much better record than the bunnies.

Flat Lands
As far as you can see there isn't a hill.

Updated: 1:38 PM GMT on March 27, 2007

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March 26 2007

By: plapman, 12:56 PM GMT on March 26, 2007

Today will be cloudy with showers that will end this morning. It will clear late this afternoon. The wind will be northerly @ 20 km/h. A high of 8 (46f) is expected. Tonight the wind will diminish an a low of 4 (39f) is forecast.
A new record high was set yesterday with a high of 17.2 (63f) beating the previous set in 2004.
Buck the dog was up early this morning. It seems geese were his biggest concern. I don't think the nieghbors appreciated his conversation with them at 6 am. lol

A Windmill
The Windmill at Island Park

Updated: 1:05 PM GMT on March 26, 2007

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A record breaking day

By: plapman, 1:52 PM GMT on March 25, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. The wind will become southwest 20 km/h early this afternoon. A high of 16 (61f) is anticipated. The current record high for today is 12.4 set in 2004. Hopefully we will top that today.
Tonight will remain become cloudy with the winds subsiding
and and overnight low of 5 (41f).
The daughter got moved in, but has a lot of unpacking today. At one time there were 2 furniture truck delivering to her muddy yard. Lots of help was availible with nieghbors, relatives and friends.
The finish carpenter was sorry he didn't make it Thursday as promised as he installed door knobs and door stops which all had to be re-adjusted after the move. He had to work in the midst of unpackers, movers and kids.




Mud and Water

Updated: 2:34 PM GMT on March 25, 2007

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The move is on

By: plapman, 1:56 PM GMT on March 24, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. A southerly wind At 30 km/h will become light this afternoon. A high of 14 (57f) is forecast. Tonight will reamin clear with a low of 5 (41f) expected.

The long awaited event is happening today. The daughter is moving into her new home. She received the keys yesterday and furniture is coming today. She's been without a home since September 10.


Portage Diversion
This is a gradient control structure on the Portage Diversion. Water from the Assiniboine R is diverted to Lake Manitoba as a flood protection meathod. There are 2 of these as the channel drops 16 meters from the river to the lake.
Drop Structure 2

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Spring like weather

By: plapman, 2:06 PM GMT on March 23, 2007

Today will bring a few showers beginning early this afternoon. A high of 5 (41f) is expected. Tonight will bring more showers ending early this evening then clearing. Fog patches will develope near midnight. A overnight low of -5 (23f) is forecast.
Yesterday while on my daily strut with Buck the dog We saw 4 Canada Geese. They were winging to the NW taking advantage of the southeasterly wind in a snow squall. This is the first of the season for me. I guess they'll be suffering hunger pains as there is no open water and many of the fields are still snow covered.
I noticed that my tulips are starting to push up. They are on the south side of the house and get an early start.



Canada Geese
Canada Geese at home on the bank of Crescent Lake
Portage la Prairie
A few thousand of the geese make the lake thier summer home. It sure messes the footpath.

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A fine spring day

By: plapman, 12:16 PM GMT on March 22, 2007

Clouds this morning will clear late this afternoon. A high of 7 ((45f) is predicted. Tonight will remain clear with a low of -6 (21f).
The fields are getting impassible for me. There is mud and water everywhere. Buck the dog came home from our strut yesterday with a black belly. He had to go into a field to investigate a couple of ravens. The wife was not impressed with his findings.


T-33 Trainer

A T-33 trainer at Island Park, Portage la Prairie

Updated: 2:07 PM GMT on March 23, 2007

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Windy and cool

By: plapman, 2:18 PM GMT on March 21, 2007

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and 70 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. The wind will become northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. A high of 5 (41f) , which is the current temp. The temperature will fall to 0 (32f) this afternoon with the northerly air flow. Tonight the winds will be from the northwest at 30 km/h gusting to 50 and become light overnight. A low of -9 (16f) is forecast.



Provincial Court Building

The Provincial Courthouse In Portage la Prairie
Behind it is the Provincial Women's Jail

Updated: 8:39 PM GMT on April 01, 2007

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Hurray Spring starts at 7:07 the evening

By: plapman, 11:53 AM GMT on March 20, 2007

It will clear this morning with the wind becoming south at 40 km/h gusting to 60 early this morning. A high of +5 (41f) is expected. Tonight will bring a return of clouds and with them a 70% chance of showers overnight. The wind will remain southerly @ 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 early this evening then becoming light near midnight. An overnight low of 3 (37f) is expected.
I am up early this morning as the granddaughter had to be at work for 6:30. Once wakened I never get back to sleep so I'm up for the day now as I start the last of my vacation fot this physical year.




Large Coke Can
The world's largest Coke can is located between Canad Inns and Canadian Tire in Portage la Prairie.

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Another cold blustery day on the northern edge

By: plapman, 12:08 PM GMT on March 19, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods and a 30% chance of flurries early this morning. The winds will be northerly @ 40 km/h gusting to 60. The temp will fall to -15 (5f) by noon. the strong winds will give a wind chill of -27 (17f). The overnight low will be -19 (-2f) with northerly winds at 30 km/h.
The current temp is -12 (10f) with a wind chill of -33 (-27f).
This certainly is a poor start to spring, but the winds should shift to a southerly direction tomorrow and temps on the plus side are expected for the remainder of the week.


Portage Diversion Control Structure
Portage Diversion Control Structure May 2000

Updated: 12:21 PM GMT on March 19, 2007

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A blustery day

By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on March 18, 2007

Today will be cloudy. Rain mixed with snow will start this morning and end in the pm. The wind will be southerly @ 30 km/h becoming light this afternoon. A high of +2 (36f) is forecast. It will clear tonight with local blowing snow as the wind swings to the NW at 30 gusting to 60 km/h. The overnight low will be -15 (5f).
The freezing rain has made for slippery sections on the Trans-Canada between here amd Winnipeg. A lot of people don't slow down and respect the dangers.
I think Buck the dog has learned to tell time. The wife usally gets home around 12:15 am. Buck the dog was sleeping till midnight then he woke and started watching the window where the motion sensor light works when the drive is entered. Its as if he knew when to wait for her.
Portage City Hall
City Hall Portage la Prairie

Updated: 2:48 PM GMT on March 18, 2007

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Sataurday March 17

By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on March 17, 2007

Today will besunny with cloudy periods. The winds will be south easterly @ 20 this afternoon. A high of -1 (30f) is forecast. Clouds will return tonight with 2 -4 cm of snow accompaning them. The overnight low will be -4 (25f).
It looks like a quiet day in store. The granddaughter is in Oakville, wife has to work this evening. It looks like its just me, Jess and Buck tonight.

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A slight warming trend

By: plapman, 12:29 PM GMT on March 16, 2007

Today will become cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon.The high will be -4 (25f). It will clar tonight with a low of -11 (12f).
The strut with Buck the dog was good last night. The freezing temps made it possible to get into the fields again and let him loose sooner. The first thing he does is have a look for his bunny friends. None were to be seen.

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Snow Today

By: plapman, 1:00 PM GMT on March 15, 2007

Today the snow will be ending early this afternoon then clearing. 5 cm. is expected. The winds will be northeast 20 km/h. A high of -8 (18f) is expected. It will clear tonight with the winds becoming light in a northerly flow. The expected low will be -17 (1f).
With 2 cm of fresh snow hiding the icy patches the walk to work was very slippery.
The western half of the province still has a winter storm watch in effect with Brandon expecting up to 20 cm of snow and windy conditions.

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Spring has unsprung

By: plapman, 1:05 PM GMT on March 14, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. The wind will be northwest 20 km/h becoming northeast 20 late this afternoon. The temperature will fall to -13 (9f) by evening. Tonight the clouds will return with 2 cm of snow predicted. An overnight low of -17 (1f) is forecast with a wind chill of -25 (-13f).
The current temp is -3 (27f) with a wind chill of -13 (-9)
The short lived warm period is over for now. There is a winter storm watch for the western part of the province with up to 15cm of snow possible.

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Spring is ending

By: plapman, 12:20 PM GMT on March 13, 2007

Today will become cloudy with 30 % chance of showers this morning. The northwesterly wind @ 30 km/h will become light this morning. The high is the current temp of 3 (37f) with the temperature falling to -1 (30f) by noon. Tonight it will clear and an overnight low of -8 (18f) is predicted.
Yesterday we broke a record for high with 12 (54f) being recorded. The previous March 12 high record was 11.
My mother came home yesterday. When I went to visit in the evening she was predictably in a better frame of mind than at the hospital.

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Another spring like day

By: plapman, 12:31 PM GMT on March 12, 2007

Today will bring freezing drizzle that will end this morning then cloudy with sunny periods. There's fog giving near zero visibility at times this morning. The wind will be southwest 30 km/h this morning. The high a balmy 8 (46f). It will clear early tonight,then clouds will return overnight. The wind will remain southwest at 30 km/h with an overnight low of -1 (30f).
The spring like weather is going to be short lived with Thursday's high predicted to be below freezing.
The granddaughter was off to work for 7:30 this morning and the wife is in for 8:00. It sure made for a busy morning and an early start for me. I decided to catch a ride with them and got to work 45 minutes early.

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Cloudy and the first rain of 2007

By: plapman, 3:51 PM GMT on March 11, 2007

Today will be cloudy with a 40 % chance of rain showers this afternoon with the risk of freezing rain. It will clear late this afternoon. The expected high is 3 (37f). Clouds will come back tonight with a low of -3 (27f) expected.
I had 1 grandchild for a sleepover last night. The youngest daughter kept him entertained while i worked on the future nursery. It made for a good night.

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It's like spring

By: plapman, 3:12 PM GMT on March 10, 2007

Today will be sunny. A high of 8 (46f) is expected. Tonight will remain clear with -5 (23f) anticipated.
The snow is settling quickly with the melt we've been having.
The long range forecast is for continued melting. Spring seems to have arrived, but Manitoba weather can be decieving.
I got to take Buck the dog along a railway yesterday. We usally travel this way in the summer but had deleted it from the route due to snow.

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No Overnight Freeze

By: plapman, 2:08 PM GMT on March 09, 2007

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods then clearing early this afternoon. The wind will be from the northwest at 30 km/h. The expected high is 3 (37f). Tonight it will remain clear with a low of -8 (18f).
The temp remained above freezing overnight with the low being 2 (36f). That sure made for a nice walk to work this morning.

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Is spring in the offing?

By: plapman, 2:03 PM GMT on March 08, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. There are fog patches that will dissapate early this morning. The southerly wind @ 30 km/h will become light near noon. A high of +4 (39f) is forecast. Tonight will remain mild with a northwestly wind @ 30 km/h gusting to 60 this evening. The overnight low is expected to be 0 (32f).
This must be the first day since the middle of December that the temp has gone above freezing, its been a long stretch.
Buck the dog finally realized that a 100 lb dog in snow is no match for a bunny that rides on the surface. He gave chase to 4 bunnies but quickly realized the chase was hopeless when he kept breaking through the crust into snow deeper than his belly is high. I could hear the bunnies laughing at him from a 100 m away.
It makes one wonder how wolves and coyotes catch food during the winter. It must be hungery times for them.

Updated: 4:08 PM GMT on March 08, 2007

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Its warming up

By: plapman, 2:57 PM GMT on March 07, 2007

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries early this morning. The expected high is -7 (19f). Tonight will remain cloudy but the temperature rising to -3 (27f) by morning.
Yesterday was a good day for house moving. All went well and the movers will put it on the foundation today.
The forecast for tommorow has been degraded from +8 to +3 but the higher temps are expected this weekend.

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The big Move

By: plapman, 1:18 PM GMT on March 06, 2007

Today will be cloudy with a 60 % chance of flurries this morning. A high of -12 (10f) is expected. Tonight will see some clearing with an overnight low of -22 (-8f) forecast.
Today is the big move of the daughters new home. It will be moved from the builders yard to her yardsite. She sure is excited and expects to move in on the 24th.

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It's not spring yet

By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on March 05, 2007

Today will be sunny with nwesterly winds up to 15 km/h. The expected high is -18 (0f). The current temp is -26 (-15f) with lite nw winds at 8 km/h giving a wind chill of -29 (-20f). Tonight will remain clear with a low of -22 (-8f) expected.
The weatherman is once again promising temps on the plus side near the weekend. Is it a scam to keep us from evacuating the province? Time will tell.

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Colder again

By: plapman, 3:49 PM GMT on March 04, 2007

Today will be cloudy with sunny periodsand a 40 % chance of flurries this afternoon. The wind will be northwest 20 km/h the expected high is -3 (27f) with temperature falling to -12 (10f)this afternoon. The current temp is -10 (14f) with a wind chill of -31 (-24f). Tonight clearing is expected with the winf becoming light near midnight and an overnight low of -27 (-17f) and a wind chill of -30 (-22f).
Visited mom yesterday and talked with thw charge nurse. It seems like once homecare is set up she'll be home.

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Cold but no snow

By: plapman, 3:16 PM GMT on March 03, 2007

The current temp is -10 (14f) with a 40km/h northerly wind making it feel like -31 (-24f).
Today will be sunny with northerly winds @20 km/h becoming light this morning. a high of -7 (19f) is expected. Tonight we'll see a few clouds with a low of -11 (12f).
I got Buck the dog for his strut yesterday. I sure was cool walking into the north wind. As always it has no effect on him. I need a furry face too I guess.

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Trans Canada Closed

By: plapman, 2:10 PM GMT on March 02, 2007

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 40% chance of flurries this morning then sunny with cloudy periods. Winds from the north @ 30 km/h gusting to 50 will cause local blowing snow. The current temp is -11 (12f) with a wind chill of -27 (-17f). The high today will be -4 (25f).
Tonight will be clear with the winds northerly @30 km/h becoming light overnight. The overnight low will be -17 (1f) with a wind chill of -25 (-13f).
The Trans Canada highway and Yellowhead route were both closed last night to travellers head west of Portage due to black ice conditions. They remained closed this morning with hundreds of motorist waiting here for them to open. The city has an emergency plan where stranded mororists can find a cot and warm place to sleep during road closures when hotel rooms become full. I'm sure it was put into effect last night.

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Snowfall warning in effect

By: plapman, 1:21 PM GMT on March 01, 2007

Today will bring more snow in the amounts of 5 to 10 cms. the wind will be easterly @30 km/h. The expected high -1 30f). Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The wind will comtinue easterly @ 20 km/h becoming light this evening. An overnight low of -13 (9f) is forecast.
The Trans Canada west of Brandon has been closed due to road conditions. More snow is expected in the westerly part of the province with 15 to 30 cm forecast. The mall parking lot is full of trucks with no place to go. There must be at least 50 semis parked there.

Snowfall warning Link

Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on March 01, 2007

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