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Heat On The Prairie

By: plapman, 1:28 PM GMT on June 30, 2013

It's going to be a warm week on the prairie.
It's a good thing I connected my lawn watering pump a few days ago or I'd have brown grass.
The neighbor used to say he liked brown grass. Last year I installed a well for him and this year he has the greenest lawn on the block. He even waters his lawn while it's raining.:)
I've been getting Abbey out on the gopher trails early to keep her from overheating. I'm going to have to start carrying a water bottle with me just for her.
here's a copy of the coming weeks forecast from Environment Canada.
Today, Sunny. High 28C(82F).
Monday High 29C(84F)
Tuesday High 31C(88F)
Wednesday High32C(90F)
.Thursday High 28C(82F)
Friday High 35C(95F)
.Saturday High 33C(91F)
That may not seem warm to the people in warmer climes but for the Northern Edge it's hot. The normal temp this time of year is 25C(77F)
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Woodlands Radar from Environment Canada

Updated: 1:07 PM GMT on July 01, 2013

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Strange cloud

By: plapman, 5:50 PM GMT on June 27, 2013

Yesterday while waiting for an approaching thunderstorm I saw this strange looking cloud.

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Heavy Rains Drench the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 12:52 PM GMT on June 26, 2013

Last night the Northern Edge was drenched in a torrential downpour. A thunderstorm passed over us and left me sucking up water in the basement.
The water on the street was over the curb until one of the neighbors cleaned out a storm sewer inlet. I've never seen the road flooded before.
The forecast calls for showers today as well as a risk of another thunderstorm.
I just heard that we had approximately 45MM(1.77 inches). This was in about an hour.
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Woodlands Radar from Environment Canada
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Summer on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:10 PM GMT on June 25, 2013

Today will start sunny but become a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon as temps rise to 30C(86F).Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a few showers with thunderstorms beginning this evening and ending before morning. The overnight low will be 19C(66F).
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I've been taking Abbey out for morning walks lately. The afternoon heat is just too much for her. I don't know how people in the southern areas can live in the summer heat. I guess it's like us here on the Northern Edge have adapted to keep from freezing in our winters.

Updated: 12:51 PM GMT on June 26, 2013

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An Update On Prairie Weather

By: plapman, 1:37 PM GMT on June 23, 2013

Good morning.
We've been lucky here at the Northern Edge. Most of the heavy rain the prairies have had are bypassing us.
I've been able to get Abbey out on the gopher trails every day.
My sister who lives in Medicine Hat Alberta is up on a coulee so she's missed the flooding there. It's a good thing as she bought anew mobile home.

Updated: 2:09 PM GMT on June 25, 2013

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Not Feeling That Good

By: plapman, 3:31 PM GMT on June 04, 2013

I've been a bit under the weather lately so I'll quit posting for a while.

Updated: 1:36 PM GMT on June 23, 2013

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Rain and Weeds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:29 PM GMT on June 02, 2013

Todaywill ave a high of 17C(63F).
Tonight will remain clear with a low of 4C(39F) with a risk of frost.
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I've had enough of sitting inside at the computer or TV. Yesterday I put on the rainwear and took Abbey out for a short walk. Later after the grass had dried I cut both the front and back lawns. That seemed to be the thing to do for the day. The neighbor to the south started first, then me and while I was out the northerly neighbor started.
Recently the provincial government passed a law forbidding the use of herbicides for cosmetic purposes. The prairie is turning yellow with dandelions. Does anyone know of a way to kill the weeds without digging all over the lawn. The next thing they'll do is fine you for having a lawn full of weeds.
Even though the neighbors keep the weeds cut before they produce seed we have ball diamond to the north and a school to the south that are full of dandelions and are not cut regular basis.
I tried weed be gone but it rained before the stuff had a chance to work. I just can't win.

Updated: 3:28 PM GMT on June 04, 2013

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About plapman

Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)