2013 Flood Forecast
I'm late getting online today.
Another morning spent in the ER.
I've got a new diease to add to my collection. COPD.
Yestrerday the province release the flood forecast for today. it's just in time for me to have completed the flood orotection series.
The The forecast is kind of sketchy but a new one will be issued in March. A lot depends on the rate of melt.
manitoba's flood forecast from the Provincial News release site.
Hydrologic Forecast Centre
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation
FIRST SPRING FLOOD OUTLOOK FOR MANITOBA
February 27, 2013
The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation’s first 2013 spring
flood outlook notes that the potential for 2013 spring flood is higher than in 2012 mainly due to more
widespread snow pack with higher water content, ranging from average to above average in many
parts of the Province. However, the flood potential is significantly lower than in 2011 due to
considerably lower soil moisture levels. Prior to the unprecedented 2011 floods, Manitoba
experienced widespread, high soil moisture levels followed by heavy precipitation amounts in winter
The outlook notes that there is a risk of minor to moderate spring flood potential for the Red, the
Souris, the Pembina and the Assiniboine Rivers, and in the Interlake.
Spring flooding is likely in portions of northern Manitoba including The Pas where there is above
average soil moisture conditions and significant snowfall this season. The main stem of the
Saskatchewan River at the Pas is unlikely to exceed bank levels.
Significant rainstorms occurring this spring could result in localized flooding, including some portions
of the upper Assiniboine and Souris River basins, the Interlake Region and in The Pas area.
The spring flood potential is still very dependent on weather conditions from now until the spring melt.
The amount of additional snow and rain, the timing and rate of the spring thaw, and the timing of peak
flows in Manitoba, the U.S. and other provinces will have a significant effect on flood potential.
The chances of minor localized flooding during the early part of the runoff period due to ice jams or
snow blockages in drains, ditches and small streams is fairly low. Although major ice jams are
unlikely to occur, the possibility cannot be ruled out especially in the Interlake region and the Upper
Assiniboine River. The North Red Community Water Maintenance Corporation will be focusing the ice
jam mitigation program on the north Red and the Assiniboine rivers to reduce the potential of ice jams
on these rivers.
Precipitation during the autumn of 2012 was well below normal in most of southern Manitoba
but near normal to above normal in the Interlake Regions and Northern Manitoba including the
Pas Region. This is in contrast to 2010, when autumn precipitation was above average and
widespread across the Province prior to the floods of 2011.
The long term March-April climatic outlook calls for a good chance of normal temperatures in
southern Manitoba with precipitation amounts ranging from normal to above normal, with
heavier amounts forecast for Interlake region.
The overall soil moisture levels at the time of freeze-up in 2012 were significantly lower than
the unprecedented and wide spread wet conditions seen in 2010 prior to the major 2011
The aerial soil moisture survey conducted by the United States, National Operational
Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC) in November, 2012 indicated that moisture in
the top 20 cm of soil was generally below average in Southern Manitoba and in the U.S.
portion of the Red River basin (Figure 1). Some of the data particularly in portions of
Saskatchewan was unreliable due to early snow cover impacting the soil moisture
An Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada soil survey shows conditions in the prairies ranging from
below normal to above normal soil moisture levels (Figure 2). Soil moisture maps in the root
zone (0 – 120 cm) from fall 2012 field surveys produced by the Manitoba Agriculture, Food and
Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) for Southern Manitoba are shown in Figures 3 and 4. The maps
indicate soil moisture content varying below normal to near normal in most parts. A few areas
including the Interlake area show above normal soil moisture levels.
Analysis based on weighted May to October precipitation shows that the soil moisture at
freeze-up time was variable across Manitoba with above average levels in central and northern
Manitoba including The Pas and Interlake areas (Figure 5). Most of the Southern Manitoba
including the Red, the Assiniboine and the Souris watersheds experience below normal soil
Soil frost information is scanty but available data from southern Manitoba indicates the soil is
frozen to a depth from 50 cm (1.5 feet) to 100 cm (3.0 feet) largely due to periods of well below
freezing point temperatures. Wet frozen soils impede infiltration of melt water and increase
spring runoff. Higher runoffs occur if the snow melt is rapid.
Lake Level and River flow Conditions
At the time of freeze-up, water levels for the Red, the Assiniboine, the Souris, the Qu’appelle
and the Winnipeg Rivers were below normal and lower than the levels in 2010 and 2011. The
Saskatchewan River at The Pas, the Waterhen and the Fairford Rivers were above normal but
close to or lower than the fall of 2010 and 2011. Water levels for the major lakes, i.e. Lakes
Winnipegosis, Manitoba and Winnipeg were also below the levels seen in 2010 and 2011 at
the time of freeze-up.
Major rivers have ice cover and flows either below or close to normal for this time of year, and
generally below those of February 2011. Interlake major rivers, the Waterhen and the Fairford
Rivers are running above normal due to consistently high water levels especially in Lake
Winnipegosis. The Assiniboine River is also high for this time of year due to releases from the
Snow Water Content
November to February snowfall has been near normal (100%) in most parts of Manitoba,
Along the Manitoba/ Saskatchewan border, above normal (200 to 240%) snow pack exists.
The Manitoba portion of the Red River basin has 100 to 200% of normal snow pack.
Near normal to about 200 % of normal snow pack exists in the North Western portions of
According to the U.S. National Weather Service recent storms have increased snowpack in
upper Red River basin area upstream of Fargo.
The U.S. and Saskatchewan portions of the Souris River have snow packs ranging between
100-150% of normal.
Based on mid February field and air based surveys, snow water equivalent in the snow pack
ranged from 70 mm (2.8 inches) to 120 mm (4.7 inches) in the Upper Assiniboine and 60 mm
(2.4 inches) to 130 mm (5.0 inches) in north western parts of Manitoba.
The 2013 potential spring runoff is expected to be variable, ranging from below normal to
normal in most parts of Manitoba and near normal to above normal in portions of northern
Interlake, The Pas areas, and the Turtle Mountain and the upper Assiniboine River watershed
Spring runoff could change significantly if future precipitation and breakup conditions differ
from the average.
River Ice Conditions and Ice Jamming
Due to periods of well below freezing temperatures this winter, ice thickness in the Red River
ranged between 46 cm (1.5 feet) and 76 cm (2.5 feet). This thickness is unusually higher than
normal for this time of the year. Ice thickness varies according to the size and the location of
the river and typically ranges between 30 cm (1.0 foot) and 61 cm (2.0 feet) in major rivers like
the Red River and the Assiniboine River. Spring weather in the weeks prior to spring breakup
affects deterioration of ice and will be a significant factor in determining ice strength at breakup.
It is virtually impossible to predict the time of occurrence and extent of ice jamming. However
with the extensive ice cutting and the Amphibex ice breaking activities ice jamming and related
flooding on the lower Red River should be limited. Localized brief flooding can occur where ice
jams develop, even with below average river flows.
Spring flood outlooks are based on three weather scenarios that look at additional snow, melt rates
and spring rain fall based on statistical analysis of the past 30-40 years of climate data. The three
future weather scenarios are referred to as ‘favourable’, ‘average’ and ‘unfavourable’. The terms
‘favourable’, ‘average’ and ‘unfavourable’ are referred to as the lower decile, median and upper decile
conditions, respectively. There is a one-in-ten chance of the weather being ‘favourable’ or better and
there is a one-in-ten chance of it being ‘unfavourable’ or worse.
Red River Main Stem
The potential for spring flooding is low to moderate in the Red River Basin. Soil moisture conditions
are generally below normal with near normal to above normal snowpack in most of the basin.
With favourable weather from now on, no flooding is expected.
For median conditions, there could be minor flooding but levels would be lower than to those of
With unfavourable weather conditions, minor to moderate localized flooding could occur
especially in small tributaries such as the LaSalle, the Rat and the Morris Rivers. Levels in the
main stem would be close to those seen in 2011 from Emerson to Winnipeg. There should be
sufficient community protection to prevent any over bank flooding as dyke elevations are
higher than the predicted flows (Figure 8).
Operation of the Floodway and the Portage Diversion
Levels at James Avenue are forecasted to be 4.28 m (14.05 feet), 5.29 m (17.34 feet) and 6.00
m (19.68 feet) for favourable, average and unfavourable weather conditions, respectively.
Lower decile scenario requires no operation of either the Red River Floodway or the Portage
Median scenario requires minor use of the Floodway and Portage Diversion. Water would only
be a few feet above the Floodway entrance berm. No flood issue would be expected with local
access in RM of Ritchot.
Upper decile scenario would require greater use of both the Floodway and the Portage
The flood potential is expected to range from minor to moderate in the Pembina River. The average
weather scenario would produce little or no flooding. Due to above average snow water equivalent in
the snow, an unfavourable weather scenario could produce minor to moderate flooding with levels
close to those of 2005.
The spring flood risk is low to moderate on the Roseau River. The soil moisture levels are generally
below average while the snow water content ranges from normal to above average. The average
weather scenario would produce minor flooding, and the unfavourable weather scenario could
produce minor to moderate flooding with levels close to those of 2011.
The flood potential is moderate on the Assiniboine River due to normal to above normal average soil
moisture in the upper portions of the watershed and normal to above normal snow water equivalent in
most of the basin.
With favourable weather conditions, little or no flooding along the Assiniboine River is expected
With average weather from now on, minor flooding could occur on the low lying portions of the
upper Assiniboine River.
The unfavourable weather scenario would result in moderate flooding of the Assiniboine Valley
from Shellmouth to Brandon, similar but generally lower than 2006 (Figure 9a and 9b).
Operations of the Shellmouth Dam are expected to achieve a low drawn level of 1384 ft (421.8
m) by the end of March to provide storage capacity for reservoir inflows to reduce flooding
The Portage Diversion will be operated in accordance with the operating guidelines to manage
ice jamming on the Assiniboine River east of Portage and to provide flood protection to the City
South West Manitoba and the Souris River
There is potential for moderate flooding in the Souris River and the vicinity as the result of average to
above average winter precipitation in the North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Southern Manitoba
portions of the watershed. The unfavourable weather scenario would result in flooding with peak
stages similar to those of 2009. The Town of Melita has sufficient dike elevation to protect against
Both soil moisture and winter precipitation are normal to above normal in the Interlake Region. With
favourable weather conditions from now on there is little chance of flooding. Average weather
conditions are expected to cause minor flooding while moderate flooding is expected with
unfavourable weather conditions. The Fisher River could experience minor to moderate flooding with
levels close to those of 1982.
Fairford structure flows will remain at maximum discharge through the rest of winter. The river
flow is expected to be above normal under both upper decile and average weather conditions
but below levels seen in 2011.
Both the soil moisture and the snow water content are below normal in south eastern area but near to
above normal in the Berens River area.
Favourable weather conditions are not expected to produce flooding
The average weather scenario could lead to minor flooding.
The unfavourable weather scenario could produce minor to moderate flooding in the low lying
areas along including the Poplar, Bloodvein and Berens rivers.
Lake Manitoba is expected to be within their operation ranges at the end of spring runoff. With
median conditions the lake is expected to peak below the top operating range of 812.5 feet
and then to decline there after depending on weather conditions.
Based on Manitoba Hydro analyses, with median conditions Lake Winnipeg is expected to
drop from its current average level of 713.4 feet (217.44 m) to 713.3 feet (217.41 m) by the
end of winter, rise to 713.7 feet (217.54 m) by end of May.
Lake Winnipegosis is expected to decline under both the favourable and average weather
conditions. The level could rise to about 832.7 feet (253.81 m) under unfavourable weather
conditions which is more than two feet below the 2011 peak level.
The upper decile scenario of Red Deer Lake levels would likely be close to the peak level
(864.7 ft) in 2011 and one foot lower than the flood level (865.5 ft), while the median scenario
is likely close to the peak level in 1985.
Dauphin Lake is expected to be in the range of target levels under both the average and
unfavourable weather conditions although favourable conditions will drive lake levels slightly
below lower target level.
Shoal Lakes levels will experience less than one foot rise with favourable and median
conditions and two feet rise with unfavourable conditions.
Northern Manitoba and The Pas Regions
Soil moisture and snow cover are both near normal to above normal in Saskatchewan and Manitoba
portions of the Saskatchewan River Basin. Flooding is unlikely with normal weather conditions from
The unfavourable weather scenario could produce localized flooding especially if there is a
rapid melt in the Pasquia area. The Saskatchewan River could experience levels similar to
those of 2007. The river would be expected to remain within its banks. The Carrot River is
expected to approach but not overflow its banks with levels close to those experienced in
Soil moisture in the Thompson area is above normal with the snowpack being near normal. Local
runoff conditions are likely to be normal. Runoff in most of the northern Manitoba, north of latitude 54,
is expected to be near normal.
Additional information for Northern lakes can be obtained from Manitoba Hydro.
The Manitoba government and municipalities are continuing to prepare for spring flooding.
This includes work with municipal emergency management teams to review existing
emergency response plans, gather information through conference calls and floodpreparedness
meetings and other related activities.
The ice-jam mitigation program north of Winnipeg has begun with ice cutters and Amphibex
machines working along the Red River. To weaken the ice, approximately 12 km of river icecutting
is complete. The Amphibex AE400s have broken a channel down the center of the river
approximately 6 km long.
This forecast will be updated in late March when further precipitation and other weather details
Detailed forecast (Text and Charts) available at
Updated: 9:34 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
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Ring Dykes in the Red River Valley
Today will start mainly sunny but will bring increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The high for today will be 0C(32F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a low of -8C(18F).
I thought of a new chapter for the flood protection in Manitoba series.
From the Province of Manitoba Website.
•There are 18 ring dike communities in the Red River Valley providing protection up to 1997 levels, plus 0.6 m (2 ft). The dikes protect the communities and can be partially or fully closed during a flood. During the 2009 flood, the ring dikes prevented about $700 million in flood damages to these communities.
•The communities in the Red River Valley with ring dikes are: Emerson, Gretna, Letellier, Rosenfeld, Dominion City, St. Jean Baptiste, Riverside, Rosenort, St. Pierre-Jolys, Aubigny, Morris, Roseau River, Lowe Farm, Ste. Agathe, Brunkild, St. Adolphe, Niverville and Grande Pointe.
•Over 1,800 sites in the valley have been floodprotected - homes, business, farms - preventing another $100 million in damages during the 2009 flood.
•Ring dikes and other forms of flood works protect 95 per cent of the homes, business and farms in the valley.
•The 1997 Canada-Manitoba Partnership Agreement on Red River Valley Flood Protection funded $130 million in enhancements to eight ring dike communities that already had ring dikes; provided for the construction of 10 additional ring dikes; and supported flood protection for homes, farms and businesses.
In 1979 I worked in the community of Emerson during the flood. The town had been evacuated and only water resource workers, like myself, and a company of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry remained. My job was to sit in the command post with the duty officer while the army patrolled the dykes. if the patrols reported any problems i was taken to the area and checked to see if the problem was serious enough to call out extra men and equipment to resolve the problem.
One morning at 4 am a patrol reported erosion on a temporary dyke that had been built. I asked to bring sand bags and about 20 men to repair the erosion. Not wanting to put men in the water in the dark I told them not to bring in men until it was light.
as soon as dawn broke the men, equipment and sand bags arrived.
Those men certainly earned my respect as they were in the cold river water up to their waists placing poly below the water line and sand bags on top of it to hold it in place.
My shift ended at 8 am and when I had a sleep. When I woke i went out to check the progress and there were still solders in the water being directed by the day shift of water resource workers.
Ring Dyke at Morris from Gov. of Manitoba archives
St. Jean protected by ring dyke from Manitoba government archives.
Updated: 2:34 PM GMT on February 26, 2013
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final Chapter In Flood Proofing Manitoba
Today will be mainly cloudy with a southerly wind at 20 km/h and a high of -3c(27F).
Tonight will start partly cloudy then becoming clear near midnight. The overnight low will be -13C(9F).
I'm a bit late getting online today but I'll post the final installment for the flood protection series in manitoba.
Red River Floodway from the Province of manitoba's website.
One of the most significant flood protection measures in Manitoba is the Red River Floodway, which protects the City of Winnipeg. Starting in 2005, Canada and Manitoba invested $665 million to further expand the Red River Floodway.
•The original floodway was built between 1962 and 1968 and cost $63 million.
•At the time, excavation of the floodway channel was the second largest earth moving project in the world (second only to the Panama Canal and larger than the Suez Canal project).
•Since 1968, it has prevented more than $30 billion (in 2009 dollars) in flood damage in Winnipeg.
•It is often referred to as Duff's Ditch in recognition of then-Premier Duff Roblin, who spearheaded the development the floodway.
•The expansion of the current floodway system (including the West Dike and channel outlet) began after the 1997 flood, to protect the City of Winnipeg from a one-in-700-year flood. It increased the floodway's capacity - from 90,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) to 140,000 cfs. The floodway operates by diverting a portion of the Red River flow around Winnipeg through the floodway channel. During flooding, as the river naturally rises, it spills over the floodway channel entrance and flows down the floodway channel. When this happens, the river water flows through two routes - through the city and through the floodway. At the same time, it drops below its natural level, south of the floodway inlet.
•When the floodway gates are raised, the water level south of the floodway inlet is restored to its natural level which, in turn, allows more water to spill into the floodway. As Red River flows continue to increase, the level south of the inlet drops below natural again and the gates are raised further. This process continues as long as the flow in the Red River continues to increase.
•During the majority of floods, the floodway is operated to ensure that the water level south of the city is maintained at the natural level - that is the level that would occur if the flood control works did not exist.
•In a major flood, even larger than 1997, the flow through the city will be controlled with the guidance of three spring floodway operating rules. These rules are designed to ensure Winnipeg's primary diking system is not overwhelmed. When these rules are implemented to protect the city, there may be instances when additional water going through the floodway causes artificial flooding of land and roads south of the floodway inlet. In recognition of this possibility, the Manitoba government has legislation in place which provides compensation to individuals impacted by this artificial flooding.
•A fourth floodway operating rule is also in place, but is only applied during the summer when high water levels affect Winnipeg's storm sewer and combined sewer systems. The combination of high water and a high intensity rain storm can overwhelm the sewer systems causing basement flooding. If this occurs, operation of the floodway can lower water levels in the city, reducing the damages and potential health risk caused by basement flooding.
•The floodway is recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site and is considered one of the world's 16 engineering marvels.
Map of Floodway from MHS.MB swebsite
Control Structure on the Red River from the Winnipeg Free Press
With so many photos on the web I found it hard to add more without infringing on a copyright. i wish i had access to the old files i used while working as government photos become public domain.
More on Flood Protection in Manitoba
Today will be sunny except cloudy over eastern sections this morning. The high will be -3C(27F). Tonight will start clear but will see increasing cloudiness after midnight. The overnight low will be -12C(10F).
The next layer of defence against the spring runoff is the Portage Diversion.
I started my career with the province of Manitoba in 1968 working on the project.
my job there was to ensure the dykes were compacted to ensure they ere impermeable.
From The Province of Manitoba Website.
•This 29 km (18 miles) channel diverts water from the Assiniboine River into Lake Manitoba, just west of Portage la Prairie.
•The removal of up to 25,000 cfs of flood water provides flood protection for the City of Winnipeg and areas along the Assiniboine River and also supports flood protection along the Red River north of Winnipeg.
•The project was built from 1965 to 1970 and cost $20.5 million.
The control structure on the assiniboine River.
The Channel leading to Lake Manitoba
Due to a 50 foot drop in elevation between the river and the lake 2 concrete structures, called gradient control structures, were built to stop erosion of the dyking.
Outlet to Lake Manitoba
Gradient Control Structure
Updated: 3:13 PM GMT on February 23, 2013
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Flood Protection In Manitoba
Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with a high of -6C(21F).
Tonight will start partly cloudy but clearing before morning. The overnight low will be -15C(6f).
With the warmer weather starting to appear on the prairie Abey and me are getting out for our daily walks again. Yesterday we took to the gopher trails but Abbey refuses to go into the deep snow. She sure is smart.:)
Yesterday i heard that the flood forecast will be released next week. I've heard hearsay that some of the cottage owners along lake Manitoba have been warned to expect another flooding of Lake Manitoba. and that the gates at Shellmouth Dam have been lowered to lower the reservoir level to accommodate more water. The Shellmouth Dam is a 75 foot high earth dam located on the Assiniboine River upstream of Russel Manitoba.
When I was working we used to make yearly trips to Shellmouth to monitor the dam.
There are pins driven into the ground that were measured to check for movement both horizontally and vertically to 1/100th of a foot, piezometers (wells) to check for seepage hand slope holes that in instrument was lowered into that gave the angle of the bore hole. it usually took a 4 man crew 2 weeks to complete the monitoring.
Assiniboine River Watershed web site
From My Basement Window
Updated: 1:36 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
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Good morning From The Northern Edge
Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries this morning. The wind will be southeast at 30 km/h. with a high of -9.
Tonight will bring clearing this with the outheast wind at 20 km/h becoming light this evening. The overnight low will be -15.
Updated: 1:26 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
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Moving Snow On The Prairie
Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a high of -16C(3F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries overnight and winds up to 15 km/h. The overnight low will be -17C(1F) but the wind will cause wind chills of -25C(13F).
I never got Abbey out yesterday but I did use the blower twice to clear the driveway. Once so the Queen could get out and again to clear the snow that was around her car.
The niebor north of me must live better than me. He had only a couple of shovel fulls of snow in his driveway even thogh he has high banks on both sides.
Updated: 12:33 PM GMT on February 21, 2013
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Winter Has Returned to the Northern Edge
Wind chill warning in effect.
Today will be sunny with a n wind at 20 km/h becoming light this morning. The high will be near
-22C(-8F) with an extreme wind chill of -41C(-42F).
Tonight will be clear with a low of -29C(-20F).
Enough said as I'm house bound for the day.
Updated: 12:37 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
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Blowing Snow On The Prairie
Blowing snow warning in effect.
Today will see periods of light snow and blowing snow ending this afternoon then cloudy. The wind will be northerly 50 km/h gusting to 70 which will cause the temperature to fall to -19C(-22F) this afternoon and a wind chill of -31C(-24F). Tonightwill see clearing this evening with NORTHERLY wind at40 km/h gusting to 60. The overnight low will be -26C(-15F) with a wind chill of -39C(-38F).
It looks like the Queen and me will be missing the festivities today. When I let Abbey out for her morning business I saw drifts in the driveway. Only in Manitoba would it be melting one day and blizard conditions the next.
Where is that HeavySnow when you need him. :)
Updated: 1:41 PM GMT on February 19, 2013
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More Computer Problems
What a day I had.
my comp was down all day, it stalled every time windpws started. It took me untill 7 this evening to get it going. I was just aboit ready to take it to a shop for repairs. I'm still not sure what the problem was but I think it was the HDMI connection to the monitor. But now it's working who cares what the problem was. :)
Hopefully the Queen and I will get to the Metis celebration tomorrow.
i hope the lurkers, Alley, Uncle Mush and KikiBrian keep dropping by the Northern Edge and leaving comments.
Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on February 18, 2013
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Louis Riel Day In Manitoba
Today will bring increasing cloudiness this morning and a high of -7(19F).
Tonight will be overcast with the risk of freezing drizzle as the temperature remains steady near -6C(21F).
Another quiet day on the prairie yesterday. I was lazy but I did take Abbey out for a short walk. Today I have to see if I can repair my cell pouch. The cheap person I am keeps me from buying a new one.
Monday, being Louis Riel day in Manitoba I plan on taking in the festivities held at our Island Park to enjoy my Metis heritage. There should be some good music there as well as snowshoe racing.
Updated: 2:38 AM GMT on February 18, 2013
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A Mistake By The Weatherman
Today will start mainly sunny but there will be increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The wind becoming northwest 20 km/h near noon. Today's high will be -11C(12F) with a wind chill of -25C(-13F) this morning.
Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a 30%t chance of flurries and w inds up to 15 km/h. The ovrnight low will be -19C(-2F) with a wnd chill of -25C(-13F).
Another nice day yesterday and once again I took advantage of it and Abbey out for a long walk. The weatherman has once again lured Manitobans into stay close to home. yesterday's forecast said above freezeing for the weekend but today he's changed that. it must be nice to have a job where if you make mistakes people just grin and bear it.
Updated: 1:12 PM GMT on February 16, 2013
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A Strange Winter On The Prairie
Today will be mainly cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries this afternoon. The high will be -2. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of -15.
Yesterday Abbey and me took advantage of the warm weather and took a walk in town. We would have went along the gopher trails but the wet snow would have made a for a smelly dog when ewe got home.
This sure is a strange winter for the prairie. We have gotten more snow than usual and warmer temps. the high forecast for Sunday is 0.
Updated: 1:12 PM GMT on February 14, 2013
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A New Post
Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. There is a risk of freezing drizzle early this morning. The wind becomingerly at 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. Today's high will be -2C(28F).
Tonight will see flurries with a north wind at
30 km/h gusting to 50. The overnight low will be -13C(9F).
The recent warm weather prompted me to take Abbey for a walk on the summer route along the gopher trails.
Yesterday I took a netbook from the hoard that the daughter had spilled coke on. It looks like I'll have to replace the keyboard but otherwise everything seems to work when I attached a desktop keyboard to a USB port.
Updated: 2:11 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
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An Update on the Northern Edge
Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of flurries late this morning and early this afternoon. There will be some localized blowing snow this afternoon as the wind becomes southerly at 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. Today's high will be -5C 23F. Tonight will be overcast. The southerly wind at
30 km/h gusting to 50 kmh will become light this evening. The overnight low will be -9C 16F.
I decided to give an update on my daily walks with Abbey.
We're still doing our daily trek on the prairie. That dog will not let me forget that I need my exercise. Yesterday she found a bunny to chase and came back panting.
Everyone I've spoken with is getting tired of this winter. It's either very cold or snowing.
It seems that I just get the driveway cleared and we get another inch or so of snow. That isn't enough to bring out the blower so it's slowly getting packed down. I hope it does,'t leave big ruts come spring.
Updated: 1:14 PM GMT on February 10, 2013
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Just Posting to Complain
Today will see a m mix of sun and cloud but becoming cloudy near noon. The wind will be up to 15 km/h. the high will be -16C but the winds will make it feel like -8 this morning. Tonight will be overcast with a low of -8.
I thought I post a new blog today to complain our never ending snow. The blower will be out again today to clear the 2- 3 inches in the driveway but tomorrow's forecast says more snow.
I'm getting Abbey out for short walks when the winds blowing and longer one when it's not.
I've been having problems with the TV lately. For a long time when I paused the PVR the picture would flash. off and on. The other night I called the cable supplier and they sent a tech to look at it and he replaced the PVR. He had just left and I tried to turn the TV on and it was flashing again.
Yesterday a tech found the problem. It seems that my TV isn't compatible with their PVR using a HDMI cable. He changed the wiring and it now works.
I sure wish the electronic companies would standardize.
Updated: 12:03 PM GMT on February 08, 2013
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