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A Alberta Clipper Comes to the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 12:53 PM GMT on February 29, 2008

Today will see the snow ending early this morning then clearing. Thw winds are northerly at 30 km/h but will become light this afternoon. The temperature will fall to -15 this afternoon with a wind chill of -25.
Tonight will be clear but will see increasing cloudiness overnight. An overnight low of -15 is predicted.
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I'm off to the big city this morning (Winnipeg) for a meeting. I wish they'd have picked a nicer day. The roads are ice covered and the snow from yesterday is drifting. Hopefully it will clear for the trip home.
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Updated: 3:25 PM GMT on March 01, 2008

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Snow on the Prairie Today

By: plapman, 1:27 PM GMT on February 28, 2008

Today will be cloudy with snow beginning this morning. We should get about 5 cm. The wind will be from the southeast at 30 km/h then become light this afternoon. Todays high will be -1.
Tonight will be overcast with the wind shifting northwest at 30 km/h this evening. The overnight low will be -11.
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Updated: 12:53 PM GMT on February 29, 2008

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Near Nornal on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:28 PM GMT on February 27, 2008

Today will bring increasing cloudiness this morning and a daytine high of -9.
Tonight will be cloudy with an overnight low of -20.
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Updated: 1:27 PM GMT on February 28, 2008

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Another Walking Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:38 PM GMT on February 26, 2008

Today will bring periods of light snow ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries. A high of -5 is predicted.
Tonight will see cloudy periods as the 30% chance of flurries early this evening continues. A low of -14 is forecast.
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Abby is back into her routine for walks. As soon as I come home from work she's right on my case. Yesterdays walk got her a scolding from the Queen of the Prairie. She saw Abby roaming the McCain parking lot and didn't see me. I was close by though. That Abby always knows where I am.
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Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on February 27, 2008

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A Near Normal Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:28 PM GMT on February 25, 2008

Today will see a mix of sun and cloud witha 60% chance of flurries early this morning. The northerly flow at 20 km/h will become light this morning. A high of -5 is forecast. Tonight will be cloudy till midnight then clearing as the wind picks up to northwest 20 km/h . An overnight low of -12 is expected.
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Updated: 1:38 PM GMT on February 26, 2008

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A Long Walk on a Nice Day

By: plapman, 2:53 PM GMT on February 24, 2008

Today will be sunny with fog patches early this morning. A high of -4 is predicted.
Tonight will bring cloudy periods and an overnight low of -13.
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Me and Abby had a long walk yesterday. We went around our route twice for about 51/2 miles. The second time around Abby was slowing down. She wasn't as far ahead of me as she normally is. At about 9:30 laast night she headed for her kennel for her nite's sleep. She usually waits for me to go to bed before she heads there. I finally played the little dog out.
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Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on February 25, 2008

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Warmer Temps Continue on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:27 PM GMT on February 23, 2008

Today will be sunny with fog patches early this morning. A high of 0 is expected.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -12.
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Updated: 2:53 PM GMT on February 24, 2008

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Warme Weather on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:29 PM GMT on February 22, 2008

Observed at Portage la Prairie. Mb, Canada
7:00 AM CST Friday 22 February 2008

Condition: Clear
Temperature: -20.51°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.8 kPa / falling
Visibility: 24 km
Humidity: 83%
Wind Chill: -25
Dew Point: -22.6°C
Wind Speed: SE 5 km/h Forecast
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Today will be sunny with cloudy periods and a high of -9. Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness this evening and an overnight low of -19.
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Good Luck to RedHeads hubby. They work miricles in the OR at those bypass hospitals. I had a quad bypass 2 years ago on Feb 28. A lot of pain, from the surgery, at the beginning but no problems since.
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Updated: 1:27 PM GMT on February 23, 2008

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A Warming Trend Appears to be On the Way

By: plapman, 1:36 PM GMT on February 21, 2008

Observed at: Portage la Prairie, Mb, Canada
7:00 AM CST Thursday 21 February 2008

Condition: Cloudy
Temperature: -16.0°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.6 kPa / falling
Visibility: 24 km
Humidity: 62%
Wind Chill: -25
Dew Point: -21.6°C
Wind Speed: SW 18 km/h
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Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries. The wind will be southerly at 30 km/h then become light this morning. A high of -13 is expected.
Tonight will bring cloudy periods and a low of -26.
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Me and Abby got out yesterday for a short 2 mile walk. She did pretty good, not lifting a paw till about a mile and 1/2 intp the walk. She sure was excited at the start, pulling and tugging on the leash for the first block. That's not her style.
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Updated: 1:27 PM GMT on February 22, 2008

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The Cold Continues on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:34 PM GMT on February 20, 2008

Observed at: Portage la Prairie, Mb, Canada
7:00 AM CST Wednesday 20 February 2008

Condition: Clear
Temperature: -31.8°C
Pressure / Tendency: 103.7 kPa / falling
Visibility: 24 km
Humidity: 62%
Wind Chill: -43
Dew Point: -36.7°C
Wind Speed: WSW 13 km/h
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Today will be sunny with a high of -23.
Tonight will bring cloudy periods and an overnight low of -28.
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Updated: 1:29 PM GMT on February 21, 2008

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The Deep Freeze Continues on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:28 PM GMT on February 19, 2008

Current conditions: 7:00 am
Sky: Mainly Clear
Temperature: -26.9°C
Pressure / Tendency: 102.0 kPa / rising
Visibility: 24 km
Humidity: 64%
Wind Chill: -39
Dew Point: -31.7°C
Wind Speed: NNW 18 km/h Forecast
Wind chill warning in effect.
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Current Conditions
Observed at: Portage la Prairie, Mb, Canada
12:00 PM CST Tuesday 19 February 2008
Condition: Fog
Temperature: -29.7°C
Pressure / Tendency: 102.8 kPa / rising
Visibility: 6 km
Humidity: 54%
Wind Chill: -48
Dew Point: -36.0°C
Wind Speed: NNW 41 km/h gust 52 km/h


Today will be sunny with northerly winds at 30 km/h gusting to 50. A high of -26 with extreme wind chills of -42.
Tonight will remain clear as the northerly flow becomes light this evening. An overnight low of -33 with extreme wind chill in the -41 range.
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Poor Abby wanted to go for a walk so bad yesterday. She was whining and pacing the living room floor. I had to tell her no. She layed down with a large groan after that. I assured her when it got warmer shed go everyday. lol
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Updated: 1:33 PM GMT on February 20, 2008

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A Cold Louis Riel Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:01 PM GMT on February 18, 2008

Today will bring cloudy periods with a 30% chance of flurries early this morning. There will be clearing this morning. The wind will be from the northwest at 30 km/h gusting to 50 causing local blowing snow and wind chills in the -35 range.
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of -30.
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Today is Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. This is the first time the long week end in Febuary is being observed.

Louis Riel
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Born October 22, 1844(1844-10-22)
Red River Colony, Rupert's Land, United Kingdom
Died November 16, 1885 (aged 41)
Regina, Northwest Territories, Canada

Louis Riel (22 October 1844 - 16 November 1885) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. He led two resistance movements against the Canadian government and its first post-Confederation Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. He is regarded by many as a Canadian folk hero today.

The first resistance was the Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870. The provisional government established by Riel ultimately negotiated the terms under which the modern province of Manitoba entered the Canadian Confederation. Riel was forced into exile in the United States as a result of the controversial execution of Thomas Scott during the rebellion. Despite this, he is frequently referred to as the "Father of Manitoba". While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the Canadian House of Commons, although he never assumed his seat. During these years, he was frustrated by having to remain in exile despite his growing belief that he was a divinely chosen leader and prophet, a belief which would later resurface and influence his actions. He married in 1881 while in exile in Montana, and fathered three children. He became a naturalized American citizen and was actively involved in the Republican Party.

Riel returned to what is now the province of Saskatchewan to represent Métis grievances to the Canadian government. This resistance escalated into a military confrontation known as the North-West Rebellion of 1885. It ended in his arrest, trial, and execution on a charge of high treason. Riel was viewed sympathetically in francophone regions of Canada, and his execution had a lasting influence on relations between the province of Quebec and English-speaking Canada. Whether seen as a Father of Confederation or a traitor, he remains one of the most complex, controversial, and ultimately tragic figures in the history of Canada.

Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on February 19, 2008

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It Was a Short Lived Warm Spell on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:36 PM GMT on February 17, 2008

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and periods of light snow beginning early this morning and ending this afternoon. There will be clearing late this afternoon. The blowing snow will be giving poor visibility at times this morning and this afternoon.The winds are northerly at 30 km/h gusting to 60. The temperature will be falling to -17 this afternoon with wind chills in the -29 range this afternoon.
Tonight will bring a few clouds and northerly winds at 40 km/h gusting to 60. An overnight low of -23 with wind chills in the -36 range.
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The winds and cold have returned to the northern edge of the prairie but me and Abby made the best of a +3 day yesterday. We got in a good 4 1/2 mile walk for me and who knows how far for her. I'm sure she more than doubles my distance. I'll have to tie my GPS unit to her and record her run lol.
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Updated: 2:00 PM GMT on February 18, 2008

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It's a Fine Summer like Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:09 PM GMT on February 16, 2008

Today will bring freezing rain ending late this morning then cloudy. The winds will be northwest 20 km/h this morning. The high for today is PLUS 4
Tonight will be overcast as the winds swing northerly at 20 km/h overnight. An overnight low of -10 is forecast.
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For Sure Abby and me will be getting out this afternoon. The current temp is -4. Thats warmer than it's been in a long time.
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Updated: 2:36 PM GMT on February 17, 2008

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A Warming Trend is on the Way

By: plapman, 1:34 PM GMT on February 15, 2008

Today will become cloudy with a wind up to 15 km/h. A high of -15 is forecast. The wind chill will be -39 this morning and -29 this afternoon.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The temperature will rise to -5 by morning.
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We're expecting a 0 temp tommorrow but the balmy temps there is 5 to 10 cm of snow forecast.
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Updated: 3:09 PM GMT on February 16, 2008

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The Wind Chill Warning Continues on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:11 PM GMT on February 14, 2008

Today will be sunnywith winds up to 15 km/hand a high of -25. There is an extreme wind chill of -44.
Tonightwill remain clear with anear - 30.
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Updated: 1:34 PM GMT on February 15, 2008

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Back into the Prairie Deep Freeze

By: plapman, 1:24 PM GMT on February 13, 2008

Today will see increasing cloudiness with snow beginning near noon that will amount to 2 to 4 cm. With the snow will come winds from the northeast at 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. A high of -20 with a wind chill of -39 is expected.
Tonight will bring an end to the snow then clearing. Thw 20 -40 km/h winds will become light near midnight. The overnight low is expected to be -32 with extreme wind chills in the -43 range.
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I'm off to head office today. I hope the snow and winds don't make for blizzard conditions on the highway.
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For GG:
Abby is doing fine. Her life is a bit on the boring side as we haven't been able to get out. This weekend is promised to be more in the walking weather range.
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Updated: 1:11 PM GMT on February 14, 2008

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A Brief Warming Then Cold Again on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:25 PM GMT on February 12, 2008

Today will be cloudy with a 70% chance of flurries. The wind will be up to 15 km/h. A high of -10 is expected. The wind chill will be -28 this morning.
Tonight will have a few clouds as the northwesterly flow at 30 km/h becomes light this evening. An overnight low of -28 with a wind chill of -31 is forecast.
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Updated: 1:24 PM GMT on February 13, 2008

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The Cold Just Goes On and On on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on February 11, 2008

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud as the wind shifts southerly at 20 km/h near noon. A high of -18 with wind chills of -39 this morning and -30 this afternoon.
Tonight will see clearing near midnight and winds up to 15 km/h. An overnight low of -21 with wind chills in the -30 range s expected.
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The long range forecast shows no real rlief from the cold in sight. Poor Abby is really missing her walks. I let her out to do her business this morning and she came in hopping on 3 legs. The current temp is -32 with a wind chill of -42.
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Updated: 1:25 PM GMT on February 12, 2008

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The Extreme Wind Chill Warning Continues on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:27 PM GMT on February 10, 2008

Today will be sunny with a northwest at 20 km/h becoming light this morning. A high of -27 with extreme wind chills of -46 is forecast.
Tonight will be clear with increasing cloudiness overnight. An overnight low of -28 is forecast.
============================================================Yesterday had the Trans-Canada Highway closed from Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border. The truckers were parked at the mall parking lot. They pretty well had it full. It must make for a long day for them being stranded on the road like that. Conditions didn't seem that bad in town. I don't have to clear the driveway as little snow fell with the event.
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Updated: 1:32 PM GMT on February 11, 2008

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Bitter Cold and Blizzards on the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 1:52 PM GMT on February 09, 2008

Today will see blizzard ending early this morning then clearing. The blowing snow will be driven by a northwest wind at 50 km/h gusting to 70. The temperature will fall to -25 by noon. The will be an extreme wind chill of -42 this afternoon.
Tonight will bring a few clouds as the blowing snow continues early this evening.The wind will comtinue from the northwest at 50 km/h gusting to 70 then diminish to 30 this evening. The overnight low is predicted to be - 32 with extreme wind chill values of -47 (-53f).
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I spent yesterday afternoon in an ambulance and emergency room at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Center. My mother was sent to the big city to see a vascular surgeon. She has an abdominal aortic anueurysm. The specialist's opinion was the same as her family doctor. The cure (surgery) would be more harmfull to her than the aneurysm due to her health conditions.
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Updated: 3:23 PM GMT on February 10, 2008

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An Alberta Clipper Passes Through the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 1:20 PM GMT on February 08, 2008

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 60% chance of flurries early this morning. A high of -12 is expected.
Tonight will be cloudy with snow beginning this evening and ending overnight. It is expected 2 to 4 cm will fall. There will be bowing snow giving near zero visibility at iimes overnight as he wind picks up from the northwest at 40 km/h gusting to 70 overnight. The overnight low will be -24 with a -35 windchill.
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The Queen of the Prairie has to work tonight. It will be a stormy night for her. Luckily she gets a ride home an I won't hve to venture out in the stormy weather.
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Updated: 1:51 PM GMT on February 09, 2008

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A Day of Balmy Temps on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:29 PM GMT on February 07, 2008

Today will be sunny then becoming cloudy late this afternoon. The winds will be from the west at 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this morning. A balmy -6 is forecast.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries overnight. Low minus -16.
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Updated: 1:18 PM GMT on February 08, 2008

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Warmer Weather on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:30 PM GMT on February 06, 2008

Today will start sunny with increasing cloudiness late this morning. The winds will be southerly at 30 km/h gusting to 50. A high of -6 is forecast. The wind chill is -33 this morning as the temp hovers near -21. I'd like to thank all my neighbors to the south for turning fans this way bringing some warmth to the prairie.
Tonight will start cloudy then clearing near midnight. The winds will shift westerly at 30 km/h overnight. An overnight low of -12 is expected.
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I got to work yesterday and my computer had crashed. I spent the copying files to the network in case the IT people have to do a reinstall of Windows.
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Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on February 07, 2008

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Cold Winds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:22 PM GMT on February 05, 2008

Today will be sunny with a wind up to 15 km/h. A high of -16 is expected. The wind chill is currently -38.
Tonight will remain clear as the 15 km/h wind continues. An oveernight low of -24 with a -34 wind chill is forecast.
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Me and Abby stayed home last night. It was cool when I got home from work.
This weekend is the Winterfest event. There'll be snow shoeing, cross country sking and power tobagganing on Crescent Lake. The local Animal Rescue is having another adoption drive at the event. I'll have to take Abby and show the other dogs thier is a chance for them to get a forever home.
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Updated: 1:24 PM GMT on February 06, 2008

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The Prairies are Still Freezing

By: plapman, 1:30 PM GMT on February 04, 2008

Today will be cloudy with periods of light snow beginning this morning. The winds will become northerly at 20 km/h near noon. The temperature will remain steady near -13. The wind chill will be -25 this afternoon.
Tonight the periods of light snow will end then it will clear. The northerly flow at 20 km/h will become light near midnight. An overnight low of -29 is forecast.
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Updated: 1:22 PM GMT on February 05, 2008

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Warmer days Ahead on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:06 PM GMT on February 03, 2008

Today will be cloudy with a 70% chance of flurries and a southerly flow at 20 km/h that will become light near noon. A high of -10 is predicted. The wind chill this morning is a chilly -25.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. The overnight low is forecast to be -15.
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Me and Abby got out again yesterday. She met up with the friend Pancho. Pancho's an old yellow Lab. He can't make out what to do with her exuberance. She runs in a circle around him. He starts to leave and she runs up behind him almost running into him as she passes. That Abby is one bundle of energy.
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Updated: 1:30 PM GMT on February 04, 2008

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Maybe Some Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:35 AM GMT on February 02, 2008

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and a 70% chance of flurries. The high is expected to be -18.
Tonight will be cloudy with an overnight low of -23.
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Me and Abby got out yesterday for a 2 1/2 mile walk. When we first went out she was grabbibg mouthfulls of snow as she ran. She almost went head over heels on on occasion.
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Updated: 2:05 PM GMT on February 03, 2008

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A Short Spell of Milderer Temps on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:22 PM GMT on February 01, 2008

Today will be cloudy with periods of snow early this morning. The winds will be southerly at 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming light near noon. A high of -8 is expected. The current wind chill is -26.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 15 km/h wind. The overnight low will be -25 with a -34 wind chill factor.
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Updated: 2:34 PM GMT on February 02, 2008

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