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Warmer but still damp

By: plapman, 11:55 AM GMT on May 31, 2007

Today we can expect a few showers ending in the morning then cloudy. The wind will be northeasterly at 20 km/h then become light in the morning. A high of 20 (68f) is forecast. Tonight will see more cloudy periods. With a low of 12 (54f).
The long range forecast says its going to clear for the weekend. That will make for a great Manitoba Air Show which is being held at Southport this weekend. It sounds like it will be a good show even though the Snowbirds have had to cancel due to thier recent tragedy.

Updated: 12:55 PM GMT on May 31, 2007

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Cool and damp

By: plapman, 1:01 PM GMT on May 30, 2007

Today will see periods of drizzle or rain ending this afternoon then cloudy. The wind will be from the north at 20 km/h. A high of 13 (55f) is forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a few showers beginning overnight. Thew northerly flow will dissapate this evening. The temperature will remain steady near 10.
It looks like we're in for this type of weather for the remainder of the week.
I had a busy night last night attending a Citizens on Patrol meeting at the local RCMP detachment and being chauffer for the wife and granddaughter. I got to sit down and watch some TV at about 10 and was back chauffering at 11:30.

Updated: 1:57 PM GMT on May 30, 2007

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Warm , humid and maybe rain

By: plapman, 1:02 PM GMT on May 29, 2007

Today is cloudy with rain beginning this morning. The rain is expected to produce 10 to 15 mm of moisture. The wind will become northerly at 30 km/h late this afternoon. A high of 18 (64f) is forecast.
Tonight will see the rain ending early this evening then cloudy. A 30% chance of showers overnight will presist. The northerly flow will become light this evening. A low of 9 (48f) is expected.
It was pretty humid on the walk to work this morning. I could use the rain to melt down the lawn fertilizer I put down last Friday expecting a rainy weekend.
Buck the dog put the end to another gopher last night. Once captured a few shakes was all it took to turn it into dog food which was gone in about 10 minutes.

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Warm and ma ybe wet

By: plapman, 1:13 PM GMT on May 28, 2007

Today will see increasing cloudiness with a 60% chance of showers or thunderstorms late this afternoon with the risk of a severe thunderstorm.The wind will be southeasterly at 30 km/h becoming light this afternoon. A high of 26 (70f) is forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy as the 60% chance of showers or thunderstorms persists. An overnight low of 14 (58f) is expected.
As expected the queen of the prairie saw Pirates 3 last night. She wanted to leave an hour early but I waited for 1/2. As it was there was no line at the door.



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Hurray - Sunshine

By: plapman, 2:44 PM GMT on May 27, 2007

Today will be sunny with a high of 20 (68f). Time for the sunscreen with a Uv index of 7 or high.
Tonight there will be a few clouds with an overnight low of 8 (46f).
I missed yesterdays blog. I took the granddaughter to work and continued on to garage sales. I found a set of speakers for the home stereo. Not only great sound with 12" woofers and a cone tweeter but they look like an end table, legs and all. I can't find a marker to identify the manufacturer.
We missed the snow and predicted rain over the weekend. It was nice yesterday but cool with a high of 10 and a overnight low of 2.
The day has arrived. The queen says we're off the the theater tonight to catch the latest installment in Jack Sparrow's life. She's had the opening date marked on the calendar since Febuary. lol

Updated: 2:51 PM GMT on May 27, 2007

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Frost and snow

By: plapman, 12:14 PM GMT on May 25, 2007

Today will finally see the sun return but cloudy periods will persist. A high of only 10 (50f) is forecast. A Uv index of 6 is predicted but with a 10 there will be few sunbathers. Tonight clouds will increase with rain beginning this evening changing to wet snow overnight. 5 to 10 mm. of moisture is expected. The wind will be north at 20 km/h overnight with a low of 0 (32f).
Jeeez I had to scrape the frost from the van windows to take the granddaughter to work this morning. I guess tommorrow it will be snow.

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Cover the Tomatoes tonight

By: plapman, 1:04 PM GMT on May 24, 2007

Today will remain cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. A northwesterly flow at 30 km/h will keep things cool. A high of only 7 (45f) is forecast. The clouds will clear overnight while the wind disapates. A frost warning will be issued with a low of 0 (32f) predicted.
After the hail storm the night was uneventful, by 10:00pm all warnings and watches were cancelled.

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Me and Buck got lucky lol

By: plapman, 1:08 AM GMT on May 24, 2007

About 3 minutes after me and buck the dog got home from our strut it started to hail. We were already wet from the rain which started about 10 minutes from home. Luckily I had the slickers again. The hail came with a tornado warning but was downgraded quickly.

Updated: 1:10 AM GMT on May 24, 2007

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More showers and cool temps

By: plapman, 1:09 PM GMT on May 23, 2007

Today will see periods of drizzle ending early this afternoon then cloudy with a 60% chance of showers. There is a risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. A high of 15 (59f) is forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of showers this evening. The risk of the thunderstorm will remain this evening. The wind will become northwesterly at 20 km/h overnight. An overnight low of 4 (39f)is predicted..
Yesterdays unofficial high was 13.6 (56f) and the overnight low was 7.9 (46f.
It's was a wet walk with Buck the dog yesterday. I put on the slickers and kept dry. The rain doesn't seem to bother him. A few shakes was the only sign he was wet. The gopher hunt was poor as the rodents must have been keeping below ground.
It seems that the people of Manitoba are happy with the NDP government, re-electing them for the 3 consecutive term last night.
The radio reported that crops are close to 100% seeded. The rain will certainly help with germination.
Today marks the anniversary of the RCMP in Canada.On may 23, 1873 an act was passed in parliment to form the North West Mounted Police which became the current RCMP.

Updated: 1:04 AM GMT on May 24, 2007

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An end to the long weekend BOOOO

By: plapman, 1:16 PM GMT on May 22, 2007

Today will see the showers ending early this morning then cloudy with sunny periods. There is still a 70% chance of showers late this afternoon along with a possible thunderstorm. The wind will become northerly at 20 km/h late this afternoon. A high of 18 (64f) is expected.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 70% chance of showers and a risk of a thunderstorm. The northerly wind will become light this evening. An overnight low of 14 (57f)is forecast.
Yesterdays unofficial high was 20.7 and the overnight low was 9.2. Yesterday was a mix of warnings and watches. It started with a severe thunderstorm watch, upgraded to a warning with a heavy rain and then upgraded to a tornado watch. In the end we did get a thunderstorm with some heavy rain. By 7:00 am this morning all watches and warnings were ended.
The souvlaki turned out great, thanks for the marinade Ally. We had it with my baked potatoes. I slice open the potatoe, insert a slice of onion, garlic butter, cheese, salt and pepper then wrap the whole thing in tinfoil to be done on the BBQ.

Updated: 1:23 PM GMT on May 22, 2007

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Warm & Wet

By: plapman, 12:51 PM GMT on May 21, 2007

Today will be cloudy with showers or thunderstorms beginning this morning. There is a risk of a severe thunderstorm late this afternoon which could produce 10 to 15 mm of rain. The wind will be from the southeast at 20 km/h this morning. A high of 22 (72f) is forecast.
Tonight will see more of the same with showers and a risk of a severe thunderstorm which could produce 30 to 40 mm of rain. The overnight low will be 10 (50f).
Yesterdays high was only 9.2 (49f) and the low was 6.8 (44f). It is currently 9.
It looks likw its BBQ time tonight. The wife is working a rare day shift while I enjoy the Victoria Day holiday. Soluvoki is what the queen has suggested. I have the chunks marinating now.

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Cool weather continues

By: plapman, 2:09 PM GMT on May 20, 2007

Today will be cloudy. The wind will be southeasterly at 20 km/h this morning. A high of 15 (59f) is expected.
Tonight the clouds will remain with a 60% chance of showers. There is a risk of a thunderstorm overnight. The wind will diminish and an overnight low of 9 is forecast.
This cool weather certainly agrees with Buck the dog. He was pretty frisky on our strut yesterday.
He still haven't seen the little bunny in the warren. The bunny was there last night again.

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Forget the sunscreen , find a sweater

By: plapman, 12:53 PM GMT on May 19, 2007

Today will see clearing with the north wind at 30 km/h becoming light this afternoon. A high of 15 (59f). is forecast. Tonight will see increasing cloudiness with a low of 6 (43f).
It sure was cool out on the river yesterday. The north wind didn't hamper the placing of bouys but it sure made for a cool afternoon.

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A damp weekend is in store

By: plapman, 12:32 PM GMT on May 18, 2007

Todaywill see a mix of sun and cloud with a 30% chance of showers this morning with the risk of a thunderstorm early this morning.A high of 25 (77f) is expected. The is Uv index 7 or high. Tonight will be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers overnight. The winds will be northerly at 30 km/h. An overnight low of 2 (36f) is forecast.

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A warm windy day

By: plapman, 12:38 PM GMT on May 17, 2007

Today will be sunny with a southwesterly wind at 30 km/h gusting to 50 early this morning. A high of 27 is forecast. The sunscreen index is 7 or high.
Tonight will remain clear with the wind becoming southwest 20 overnight. A low of 18 is predicted.
I'm off to help the Portage Diversion crew place the safty bouys across the moth of the dam today. It keeps boaters from going over the dam witha 15 foot fall. It's usally a good job with some extra boating thrown in.

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April 16 2007

By: plapman, 3:46 PM GMT on May 16, 2007

Today will be sunny with a northwesterly flow at 20 km/h taht will diminish this afternoon. A high of 18 (64f) is expected.Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 6 (43f).
We never had frost last night in Portage but some nearby communities had temps as low as -3 (27f). I guess the idea of not setting the bedding plants out till the long weekend holds true.

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Cool Again

By: plapman, 12:27 PM GMT on May 15, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. The wind will ne from the northwest at 20 km/h this morning. A high of 14 (57f) is expected. Tonight will see a few clouds with the wind becoming light. A low of 1 is expected.
Tonight...A few clouds. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 1 (34f).
Yesterdays unofficial high was 14.6 (58f) and the overnight low was 6.5 (44f).
I'm off to Winnipeg today to do some testing of new software. It looks like a good day to travel.

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Rain

By: plapman, 12:56 PM GMT on May 14, 2007

Today will be cloudy with rain beginning early this morning. 10 mm is expected. That little bit won't hurt anything. In fact it will be good for the crops that have been planted. The wind will become northerly at 20 km/h early this morning. A high of only 13 (55f) is forecast.
The rain will be ending early this evening then cloudy periods will continue. An overnight low of 7 (45f) is expected with the northerly flow diminishing this evening.
Yesterdays unofficial high was 25.4 (78f) and the overnight low was 11.1 (52f).
It was a great day yesterday. Buck the dog enjoyed his strut but I got into trouble with the wife when I brought him home with dirty paws. He had to investigate something in the ditch which had some water left standing. She had just finished washing the kitchen floor when he came in and tracked across it. lol

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A comfortable day in store

By: plapman, 1:41 PM GMT on May 13, 2007

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods with a 60% of showers late this morning and this afternoon. It will clear later this afternoon. As it does the wind will become northerly at 20 km/h. A high of 21 (70f) is predicted.
Tonight will see increasing cloudiness with the wind becoming light this evening. A low of 8 (46f) is forecast.
Yestereday's unofficial high was 22.2 and the low was 7.9.

The grass cutting went well. The grandson even brought his own mower. He had a push reel ype. I haven't seen one of those for a long time. It even came with a grass catcher and hieght adjustment. He did a pretty good job. The daughter took him over to a cousins and he got another couple of lawns to do earning a total of $25. Not bad for an 11 year old for an hours work.

Updated: 1:45 PM GMT on May 13, 2007

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A nice day

By: plapman, 12:24 PM GMT on May 12, 2007

Today will be sunny with a southerly flow at 20 km/h early this afternoon. A high of 21 (70f) is expected. The Uv index will be 7 or high. Be sure to use the sun screen. Tonight will see cloudy periods with the wind becoming light this evening. An overnight low of 12 (54f) is forecast.
Yesterdays high was 17.3 and an overnight low of 4.5 was experienced.
The grandson offered to cut my grass today for $10. I'll let him give it a try I think. It should be ready for a second cut.

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Still cool

By: plapman, 1:06 PM GMT on May 11, 2007

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. A high 14 (57f)is forecast.Tonight will see a few clouds. with an overnight low of 4 (39f).
Yesterdays high was 12.9 (55f) and the overnight low was 6.5 (44f).
That sure is a big difference from the 31 we had on Wednesday. I guess summer is short lived on the prairie.

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A big Change

By: plapman, 1:05 PM GMT on May 10, 2007

A much cooler day in store with a mix of sun and cloud. The wind will be northerly At 30 km/h. A high of only 16 (61f) is expecteded. Thats a long ways from yesterdays high of 31.3 (88f). The Uv index will remain 7 or high.
Tonight will be clear with the northerly flow abating. An overnight low of 4 (39f) is forecast.
Canada was discovered on this day in 1534. Jacques Cartier landed in what is now Newfoundland on his quest for a northern passage to the far east.
I made my first cut of the lawn yesterday. I should have waited till today when the temps was lower, but with that the cool one wouldn't have tasted as good today as it did yesterday when I finished.

Updated: 1:07 PM GMT on May 10, 2007

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A very warm day

By: plapman, 12:15 PM GMT on May 09, 2007

Today will be sunny with a southwesterly wind at 20 km/h this morning. A high of 32 (90f) is forecast. The Uv index will be 6 or high. Tonight will remain clear with the wind becoming light this evening. The wind will change to northerly overnight at 30 gusting to 60 overnight. An overnight low of 8 (46f) is expected.
The strong northerly flows will make the heat wave short lived as the air passes over 200 miles of ice. The high for tomorrow is only expected to reach 17 (63f).
Yesterdays unofficial high was 29 (84f) and the overnight low was 14.5 (58f).
I heard on the radio today was Lost Sock Day. A memorial day to honor all the lost socks. Where do they go? lol
Buck the dog played himself out last night on our walk. He gave chase to a bunny, giving up after only about a 1/4 mile then walking back to me. I thought I was going to have to carry him home he looked so beat.
2 months ago that dog would chase that bunny for a mile before running back to me barely panting.

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A warm day in store

By: plapman, 1:08 PM GMT on May 08, 2007

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. The wind will become southwesterly at 20 km/h late this afternoon. A high of 28 (82f) is forecast. The Uv index is 6 or high.
Tonight will remain clearwith the southwesterly winds becoming light this evening. An overnight low of 16 (61f) is predicted.
The unofficial high yesterday was 23.4 with an overnight low of 10.3.
The warm trend will continue tommorrow with a high of 32 (90f) forecast. The prairies sure are a place of extreme temps. 3 months ago we were getting temps of -30.
Buck the dog met the new kid on the block last night on our street. The neighbors have aquired a chocolate lab pup. He also renewed his friendship with Montana the boxer. Thier about the same age and have been meeting on walks since we first started walking. I guess the nice evening brought out everyone for a walk.

Updated: 1:11 PM GMT on May 08, 2007

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Sunny and green on the prairie

By: plapman, 12:59 PM GMT on May 07, 2007

Today will see clearing this morning, which has happened already. The wind will become westerly at 20 km/h early this afternoon. A high of 22 (72f) is expected. The UV index is 6 or high bringing out the sunscreen. Tonight a few clouds clouds will appear. The westerly flow will become light this evening. An overnight low of 9 (48 is forecast.
Yesterday was another damp day with showers on and off. The unofficial high was 17.8 (64f) and the low was 8.1 (46.6f).
The weekend rain has sure made a difference in the grass. Everyone's lawn is green now with alot of the trees starting to leaf out.

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Clouds and the Southeast flow continues

By: plapman, 1:35 PM GMT on May 06, 2007

Today will be cloudy with a 70% chance of showers.There is a risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. The wind will remain southeast at 30 km/h. A high of 18 (64f) is expected. Tonight will remain clouudy as the 70% chance of showers this evening continues. The wind will become light near midnight. An overnight low of 8 (46f) is forecast.
It showered off and on all day yesterday. The grass is getting a good soaking. When the rain quits it will be ready for its first cut.
The daughter took a lesson on how to make willow outdoor furniture. She says its really easy and has offered to pass her new found knowledge on to the old man. I guess I'll have to take her up on that and make myself a chair to enjoy the summer in.

Updated: 5:28 PM GMT on May 06, 2007

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Rain and windy on the prairie

By: plapman, 3:26 PM GMT on May 05, 2007

Today will see periods of rain with the risk of a thunderstorm early this morning. Only 5 mm is expected. my lawn will soak taht up. The southeasterly flow continues at 40 km/h gusting to 60 early this morning. A high of 17 (63f) is forecast. Tonight will see more showers with another 5 to 10 mm accumulating. The south east wind will diminish to 20 early this evening. An overnight low of 9 (48f) is expected.
A weather warning just west of me has been issued:

A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM CURRENTLY OVER NEBRASKA WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH NORTHWARDS AND IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO NORTHWESTERN NORTH DAKOTA BY SUNDAY MORNING. INTERMITTENT RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE OVER WESTERN MANITOBA TODAY. 15 TO 25 MM IS EXPECTED OVER WESTERN MANITOBA TODAY. THE RAIN IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY TONIGHT AND 25 TO 50 MM OF IS EXPECTED TO FALL OVER WESTERN MANITOBA TONIGHT. THE HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO PUSH INTO EASTERN SASKATCHEWAN ON SUNDAY AND A FURTHER 5 TO 10 MM IS EXPECTED. IN TOTAL 50 TO 80 MM OF RAIN IS EXPECTED OVER WESTERN MANITOBA BY SUNDAY EVENING.



I took Buck the dog for his daily strut in the rain yesterday. It was just a drizzle. Nothing phases that dog as long as he gets his daily 2 miles in.
He seems to have made an improvement healthwise. He got up on the bed last night. That's a first in about 3 weeks. This morning he let the Penelope the cat know that he wasn't willing to share his breakfast any longer. lol One bark and that cat was on her way.

Updated: 3:39 PM GMT on May 05, 2007

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More wind and some rain

By: plapman, 1:06 PM GMT on May 04, 2007

Today it will become cloudy. A few showers beginning this morning are expected. The wind will continue in a southeasterly flow at 20 km/h increasing to 40 gusting to 60 early this morning. A high of 18 (64f) is forecast. Tonight will bring periods of rain. The wind will diminish to 20 early this evening then becoming light near midnight. An overnight low of 11 (52f)is expected.
I was talking to the neighbor last night. She made a trip to Brandon yesterday. She reported low visiblity due to blowing dust in the areas where the land is light and sandy. The rain expected tonight is needed.

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A windy day on the prairies

By: plapman, 1:05 PM GMT on May 03, 2007

Today will be sunny.The wind will continue southeasterly @ 20 km/h increasing to 40 gusting to 60 late this afternoon. A high of 22 (71.6) is expected. The Uv index will remain at 6 or high.
Tonight will remain clear with the southeasterly winds diminishing to 20 early this evening. An overnight low of 11 (52f) is forecast.

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A southerly air flow

By: plapman, 1:01 PM GMT on May 02, 2007

Today will be clear. The wind will be southeasterly at 30 km/h this morning. A high of 19 (66f) is expected. The Uv index will be high at 6.
Tonight will see a few clouds with the southeasterly flow continueing at 30 km/h. An overnight low of 7 (45f) is expected.
With the wind changing to a souttherly flow the temps for the remainder of the week are expected to rise. The weekend does not look promising for BBQs with rain forecast.


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A Cool Northerly Flow

By: plapman, 1:03 PM GMT on May 01, 2007

Today it will clear.The northerly wind @ 20 km/h is cooling things here. The forecast high of 14 (57f) is a big drop from the mid 20's over the weekend. The Uv index 6 remains high.
Tonight the northerly flow will become light but the temp will fall to 0 (32f) as the cooled air from the frozen lake continues to move past.
We had a few small showers yesterday morning. It was needed to green the lawns but by the time Buck and I went for our strut the fields were dry enough to walk in without mud sticking to the boots or paws.
Forest fires are starting to be a problem in the SE corner of the province with a couple burning now.
Some excitement on out street last night. The nieghbors storage shed burnt. A fire truck and 2 RCMP units attended.
The shed was a total loss but there were no injuries.

Updated: 1:09 PM GMT on May 01, 2007

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