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WEather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 2:25 PM GMT on April 30, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
May 26 1941:
Just as forest fires in the bushlands of northern Ontario and Quebec were being controlled, news came that 3 men from Bergeronnes, QC, had drowned after running into the Rivière du Sault aux Cochons to escape the flames. An Ontario MLA said that fire losses around Sudbury, ON, would cost the government $1 million in revenue and $5 million in timber losses.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Updated: 10:58 AM GMT on May 26, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 11:11 AM GMT on April 28, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
April 28 1967
May 6 2007
Recent rains left Edmonton, AB, a soggy mess. Basement foundations were sorely tested when more than double the usual amount of rain for May fell in just 4 days. While plumbers and contractors replaced sump pumps and emptied flooded basements, the North Saskatchewan River jammed floating logs against bridge abutments. Elsewhere in Alberta, already snowmelt-filled water courses swelled.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment
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Updated: 4:44 PM GMT on May 06, 2014

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A Night Out For the Queen and Today's Weather Trivia

By: plapman, 12:26 PM GMT on April 27, 2014

The Queen had a night out with the girls last night. Her and 2 of her sisters had a sister party. They decided to get a motel room and party the night away. I think it was a great idea as her one of the sisters have been having a sibling rivalry issue lately. The night out should patch things up .:)

Today's Weather Trivia
April 27 2009
After being abducted and abandoned by his father, a one-year-old boy miraculously survived nearly 12 hours overnight outside Ste. Anne-de-la-Rochelle, QC, in 5°C weather wearing nothing but a T-shirt and a soggy diaper. A frantic police operation scoured large swaths of forest for several hours before the boy was found. Except for mild frostbite, he appeared quite healthy.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 11:09 AM GMT on April 28, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 11:42 AM GMT on April 26, 2014

April 26 1937:
Floodwaters from the Thames River in London, ON, inundated basements and entire homes. Residents escaped through second-storey windows and off veranda roofs. April had nearly 175 mm of rain, 125 mm in one day. One person rowed by a haystack where some cows and pigs were camped out. The pigs swam after his boat and tried to climb in. Frightened cats that ran into basements drowned.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada



Updated: 12:24 PM GMT on April 27, 2014

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Flood News For Manitoba

By: plapman, 12:14 PM GMT on April 25, 2014

Rainfall is causing a rise in the western and upper Assiniboine River and its tributaries.
◦A high water advisory is in place for all points along the Little Saskatchewan River, Birdtail Creek and Arrow River.
◦The Little Saskatchewan River at Rivers has experienced a significant increase in flows.
◦Over-bank levels are being reported on the Little Saskatchewan River in Minnedosa, which is causing minor flooding of low-lying areas. Provincial emergency measures officials are in contact with the community and the provincial government is ready to assist if requested.
◦Birdtail Creek and Arrow River are also experiencing significantly increased flows due to rainfall.
◦The riverside parks in Brandon have taken on water but no buildings are impacted.
•A flood watch continues for the upper Assiniboine River from Shellmouth Dam to Brandon.
◦In the Grand Valley area, the Assiniboine River may increase one to 2.5 ft. over the next 24 to 48 hours and may spread further onto low-lying and agricultural land. Other areas may see up to a three-foot rise also on mostly low-lying and agricultural land.
◦Water levels are approaching bank full or may have overtopped banks in some reaches of the river and there is a chance low‑lying land adjacent to the river may be flooded.
•An ice jam has diminished substantially on the Assiniboine River on the west side of the Maryland Street bridge in Winnipeg and the City of Winnipeg has not reported any issues.
•Thirty-five people from Petersfield are back in their homes after a precautionary evacuation yesterday. An ice jam at the junction of Netley Creek and the Red River resulted in a temporary rise in levels on the creek. No residents reported damage to homes but some outbuildings were impacted.
•The updated weather forecast calls for diminishing rain in the next 24 hours west of Winnipeg along the Assiniboine River. In the 24 hours up to 8 a.m. today:
◦the Yorkton, Sask., area received about 11 millimetres of rain;
◦the Brandon area received about 20.4 mm;
◦Fargo, N.D., recorded almost 12 mm;
◦Grand Forks, N.D., had about 20 mm; and
◦the Winnipeg area received about five mm.
•The impacts of the rainfall will be assessed.
Red River

•Water levels at all points on the Red River are declining as the crest has passed. Red River tributaries in Manitoba are generally declining.
•The precipitation that has fallen to date was insufficient to slow the decline of the Red River or its tributaries. Water was naturally spilling into the Red River Floodway at a rate of approximately 3,260 cubic feet per second (cfs) this morning, a decrease of close to 550 cfs from yesterday.
•The Red River at James Avenue in Winnipeg is 18.4 ft., down slightly.
Assiniboine River

•Flow on the Portage Diversion is now 4,640 cfs, up about 960 cfs in the last 24 hours.
◦The Portage Diversion is being operated to reduce the risk of ice jams on the lower Assiniboine River as per established protocols.
Interlake, Eastern Manitoba and Whitemud River

•A high water advisory continues for streams in the Interlake region due to the existing snowpack, the expected melt rate and the potential for ice jams and associated flooding.
◦Based on the most recent forecast, flows on the Fisher River are expected to be 2,500 to 2,700 cfs at Dallas. This is above-bank capacity. If a slower melt occurs, flows are expected to be within the bank. Provincial officials are in contact with community and federal officials and are willing to assist if requested.
◦Water levels are rising on the Icelandic and Fisher rivers. Ice conditions are being monitored for the potential onset of ice jams in the next few days.
•A high water advisory continues for the Whitemud River from Gladstone to Lake Manitoba due to increasing tributary flows and ice runs.
◦An ice jam on the Whitemud River at Gladstone has cleared.
•The Whitemouth River still has the potential for ice jams from Whitemouth downstream. Field reports indicate the Brokenhead River is generally free of ice.
Spring Safety

People are reminded:

•to be watchful of local waterways as flood conditions can develop quickly and ice conditions may be unsafe,
•to avoid crossing areas with broken ice and surface water,
•not to drive or walk through fast-moving water, and
•to call 511 to check road conditions before travelling.
Questions or concerns about flooding or water management should be directed first to the municipal authority. Anyone with questions about water levels, provincial waterways or provincial water control infrastructure can call 204-945-8373 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week.

Up-to-date flood information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/, on mobile devices at www.manitoba.ca or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBGov.

Up-to-date road information is available at www.mb511.ca, on mobile devices at www.manitoba.ca, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads or by calling 511.

Updated: 11:40 AM GMT on April 26, 2014

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Today's Weather Trivia

By: plapman, 1:00 PM GMT on April 23, 2014

April 23 2000:
About a half-dozen icebergs menaced 3 oilrigs on the Grand Banks, off Newfoundland. It was the first time in 10 years that icebergs-some of them the size of small apartment buildings-threatened drilling operations. Water cannons were used to blast the icebergs, but those shooting the icebergs couldn't see them because of the thick fog. The Grand Banks is one of the foggiest places in the world.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 12:13 PM GMT on April 25, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 11:38 AM GMT on April 22, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
April 22 2009:
Unseasonably cold winter weather dealt a blow to the Calgary Zoo's whooping crane breeding program, freezing 2 of the 10 rare birds' eggs. White cranes prefer to nest outside. When a spring blizzard started up, the zoo's cranes were on their nests, but when a strong wind blew it scared the tall birds off the nests and the eggs froze.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Updated: 1:00 PM GMT on April 23, 2014

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The Portage Diversion and Ice

By: plapman, 4:07 PM GMT on April 21, 2014

What A Difference A Week Makes

Written by Eoin Devereux on Monday, 21 April 2014

Photos from Portageonline.com

Here is the scene near the Portage Diversion Monday morning. A large portion of ice covers the water flow from the diversion, all the way to railway bridge just north of the Trans-Canada Highway on Portage la Prairie's west side. At this time, it appears water is flowing on the Diversion further north of the bridge.

The Portage Diversion. Monday April 21st


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Today's Weather Trivia

By: plapman, 1:18 PM GMT on April 20, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
April 20 1909:
Broken ice blocking the Chaudière River in Québec forced water over its banks in all directions. Water filled the town of Beauceville, QC, 3 m deep, its main street resembling a Venetian canal. Cellars flooded, extinguishing furnaces. Verandas, kiosks, trees, fences, and wooden sidewalks floated down the river. A young boy turned the floating sidewalks into an improvised ferry service.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Updated: 4:06 PM GMT on April 21, 2014

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Today's weather Trivia and Manitoba Tornados.

By: plapman, 2:03 PM GMT on April 18, 2014

YLee
Portage la Prairie had a tornado on June 22, 1922. It is ranked as the `10th deadliest tornado in Canada.. 5 people died as a result of it.
The steeple of a brick church was destroyed.
Elie, a small town about 20 miles east , of us had an F5 tornado in 2007.

Today's Weather Trivia
April 18 1862:
Spring ice break-up on the Becancour River in Trois-Rivieres, QC, inflicted property damage, especially to bridges. At night the icy flood waters carried away 3 houses inhabited by 20 people, of whom 10 lost their lives�including 2 mothers and 8 children. The rest took shelter in canoes, where they were exposed to a pitiless storm.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 1:14 PM GMT on April 20, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 1:45 PM GMT on April 17, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia

April 17 1967 aA tornado ripped a 90-km path through southwestern Ontario killing 1 man. Near Hensall, more than 100 pupils crouched on the floor while suction from the twister tossed around classroom furniture. Two teenagers said a gun-club roof flew 120 m straight up, then chased them. The twister ripped out the insides of a piano and scattered it across a field. The piano's shell stayed in the building.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 2:00 PM GMT on April 18, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day and a Nature Photo From My Walk With Abbey

By: plapman, 12:07 PM GMT on April 16, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia April 16 1987:
North of Calgary, the mild winter (temperatures peaked at 16°C in January and 21°C in early March) and unharvested grain fields produced the worst infestation of field mice in 40 years.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

The other day while walking Abbey I used the phone to capture some Canada Geese. I'll bet their wondering why they came this early.



Updated: 1:44 PM GMT on April 17, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day and A Broken Record

By: plapman, 1:36 PM GMT on April 15, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
April 15 1834:
According to the Gleaner newspaper, the Isabella was struck by lightning while at berth in the Saint John, NB, harbour. The bolt carried away the fore and main topmast and shattered the starboard side of the deck, before exiting under the fore chains. Lightning bolts struck twice, the first time making a sailor insensible.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

This morning we broke the record low temp for April 15. . The previous record was set in 1962. The low this morning was -15C(5F).
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Portage Diversion Opened

By: plapman, 1:40 PM GMT on April 14, 2014

From Portageonline.com

Portage Diversion

This weekend saw the Portage Diversion swing into operation. The province issued a high water advisory on the Assiniboine River on Saturday, from St. Lazare to Portage la Prairie, due ice jams.

Flows through the Diversion could be as high as 2500 cubic feet per second. An ice jam occurred near Spruce Woods Provincial Park, causing water levels to rise about 7 feet, forcing the closure of a section of Highway 5. There was also water over Highway 350, west of Portage, which forced its closure, but it re-opened yesterday morning.

The province says the cold weather we're experiencing could increase the chance of more ice jams. At the same time, they acknowledge it also means slower melting and runoff.

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The weather forecast say the snow will not be as much as expected yesterday but my radar shows snow heading our way. The Southport weather station shuts down for the weekend they must have miscalculated the snowfall. The warnings and watches have been eliminated.


Updated: 1:35 PM GMT on April 15, 2014

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Today's Weather Trivia

By: plapman, 12:14 PM GMT on April 13, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
April 13 1903:
The snow was so deep in the Tanana country of Yukon that moose were unable to run from hunters. Whenever a citizen wanted fresh meat, he could kill to "his heart's content" by simply wielding an axe to slaughter a moose.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 1:39 PM GMT on April 14, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 12:21 PM GMT on April 12, 2014

April 12 2005:
The Queen Mary 2, the world's largest luxury liner, altered its course to bring an ailing passenger to St. John's, NL, for treatment. The 340-m-long vessel was too big to squeeze through the harbour entrance, known as The Narrows, and heavy fog barred city residents from even glimpsing the liner. Heavy fog and severe icing had prevented a search-and-rescue helicopter from reaching the ship.

Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

The Narrows from my trip to St. John's Newfoundland

Updated: 1:54 PM GMT on April 13, 2014

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Today's Weather Trivia and More Snow of the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:08 PM GMT on April 11, 2014

Special weather statement in effect for:
•Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman

5 to 10 cm (2-4 inches)of snow are possible Saturday.
A trough of low pressure deepening over Alberta is expected to gradually track eastward today and push across Southern Manitoba Saturday. 5 to 10 cm of snow is expected to fall in Southern Manitoba Saturday with higher amounts in Southwestern Manitoba. The snow is expected to taper off Saturday afternoon.
Precise snowfall amounts at this time are uncertain and will depend on surface temperatures and the exact track of the weather system. Current computer guidance is suggesting that the heaviest amounts will fall along and south of the Trans Canada highway where total accumulations 5 to 10 centimetres are possible.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as warnings may be required.



Today's Weather Trivia
April 11 2004:
Environment Canada asked the UN World Meteorological Organization to retire the storm name �Juan.� Hurricane Juan took many lives and caused great damage when it swept through the Maritimes in September 2003. The WMO replaced �Juan� with �Joaquin.� This was the first time Canada asked the WMO to retire a storm name. An Atlantic hurricane cannot be named Juan for at least 10 years.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 12:20 PM GMT on April 12, 2014

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Today's Weather Trivia

By: plapman, 12:13 PM GMT on April 10, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
April 10 2004
Summer wear and outdoor activities ruled as coastal British Columbia basked in record high mid-20s temperatures. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and motorists in convertibles cruised the highways and byways of Vancouver Island, where Port Alberni hit a scorching 26°C. About 50 of BC's 80 weather stations recorded new highs for the day, with Vancouver topping 18.5°C and Abbotsford 25.2°C.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 12:07 PM GMT on April 11, 2014

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Today's Weather Trivia

By: plapman, 1:58 PM GMT on April 09, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia

April 9 2003:
At Smith Sound, NL, more than 200,000 kg of fish froze to death in one of the largest mass cod kills in recent memory. Scientists found that the temperature in the entire water column in a section of the bay was well below normal, causing the fish to freeze and then die. The sea water was 1.7°C, almost as cold as it can possibly get.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 12:12 PM GMT on April 10, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 2:40 PM GMT on April 08, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia

April 81927:
Two men left the foundering schooner Nellie near Cape Chignecto, NS, and fought their way to the seeming safety of land, only to find themselves trapped between a high unscalable cliff face on one side and the pounding sea on the other. They eventually succumbed to their injuries on the narrow beach. One man was the schooner's captain; the other was identified from the address in his pocket.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 1:57 PM GMT on April 09, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day and Why Do I Pay Taxes.

By: plapman, 2:06 PM GMT on April 07, 2014

Today's Weather Trivia
April 7 1909:
A powerful gale packing gusts of 130 km/h (81 mph) ripped across southern Ontario. In London, Aberdeen Schools chimney crashed through the roof, pinning 6 children under tons of debris. In St. Thomas, the roof of a moving freight car blew off, along with the brakeman, who was on top of the car. The winds blew a cyclist into a mangle of telegraph wires, but he managed to extricate himself.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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It must be spring, on my last couple of walks with Abbey I've seen Canada Geese and have had to walk on the road as the sidewalks are flooded with a couple of inches of water.
Yesterday I met a crew of city workers thawing storm sewer lines by the school near my home. When I said the sidewalk was flooded at the school gates one of them said "yeah the boulevard is higher than the sidewalk". Just then a city frontend loader pulled up and I told the guy it would only take a second for the loader to cut a little trench 3 inches deep to drain the sidewalk. He just looked at me and smiled. An hour later the men and loader were gone and the flooded sidewalk was still flooded. I guess it wasn't on their list of things to do. :)

Updated: 2:39 PM GMT on April 08, 2014

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Today's Weather Trivia

By: plapman, 2:35 PM GMT on April 05, 2014

April 5 1922

A young woman wearing very little clothing disappeared into the snowy woods, while the temperatures dipped to -4°C. Villagers from Maniwaki, QC, searched for her or her dead body for 3 days, at times wading up to their armpits in icy-cold water. When found, she was not cold but the flesh was off her feet in places, her toes were turned up and blackened, and her legs were swollen.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada



Updated: 2:03 PM GMT on April 07, 2014

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Weather Trivia of the Day

By: plapman, 7:37 PM GMT on April 04, 2014

April 4 2005:
It was the prisoner's release date. Instead, he got another 15 days for escaping from New Brunswick's Dalhousie prison. After somehow getting a car, he drove into the Richibucto, NB, area in a blizzard. "It was a bad storm and no one was supposed to be on the road," the judge was told. The RCMP stopped the car to warn the driver, but quickly realized he was a fugitive and arrested him.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Updated: 2:34 PM GMT on April 05, 2014

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A New Flood Forecast For Manitoba

By: plapman, 11:04 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

March 31, 2014

PROVINCE ISSUES MARCH 2014 FLOOD OUTLOOK



The Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Hydrologic Forecast Centre’s second 2014 spring flood outlook suggests the potential for spring flooding is near normal in most areas of Manitoba.

The The Pas region is an exception where above-normal soil moisture and above-normal winter precipitation have resulted in the potential for greater-than-normal run-off and the potential for localized flooding. The existing flood protection is expected to be adequate for projected levels.

Run-off in most areas of the province is expected to be near normal, as soil moisture and winter precipitation are near normal. Some areas have high soil moisture but low winter precipitation, or low soil moisture and high winter precipitation.

At this time it appears the Red River Floodway will not be operated under favourable or unfavourable conditions. However, there is a 10 per cent chance the flows on the Red River will exceed the forecast unfavourable condition, which may result in floodway operations.

The Portage Diversion will likely only be operated under unfavourable weather conditions but could operate under lower-flow conditions if required to help prevent and manage ice jams on the lower Assiniboine River between Portage la Prairie and Headingley.

The Shellmouth Dam and Reservoir have been operated to allow for storage capacity for the upcoming spring run-off. They will continue to operate throughout the flood period in consultation with the Shellmouth Operations Liaison committee to balance flood control and water supply objectives.

Additional snowfall and predicted blizzard conditions for southeast Manitoba and the northern North Dakota region will be monitored by the Hydrologic Forecast Centre.

Flood Outlook

In general, potential for overland flooding is near normal as the majority of areas that have above- or well-above-normal soil moisture have received below or near normal precipitation.

The exception is the The Pas region that has above-normal flood potential due to above to
well-above-normal soil moisture levels at the time of freeze-up and normal to above-normal snowpack water content.

Long-term weather forecasts are subject to change and late snowstorms or early heavy rain could change the current outlook. Three scenarios with different weather developments are described in the outlook:

•favourable, without much more precipitation and a gradual snowmelt;
•normal, based on 30 to 40 years of climate trends; and
•unfavourable, which includes significant additional snow and rain, and a rapid snowmelt.
Flood potential for the unfavourable weather scenario is noted for the following watersheds:

•Red River: decreased from moderate to minor to moderate;
•Pembina River: remains the same with minor to moderate flooding;
•Roseau River: remains the same with minor to moderate flooding;
•Assiniboine River: remains the same at minor to moderate flooding;
•Southwest region: decreased from moderate to major to moderate flooding;
•Interlake region: remains the same at minor to moderate flooding;
•Eastern region, the Winnipeg River: remains the same at moderate flooding;
•Fisher River: remains the same at moderate flooding; and
•Northern Manitoba and The Pas regions including the Saskatchewan, Carrot and Swan rivers: remains the same at moderate flooding.
Delayed thaw and the potential for spring rainstorms could result in rapid snowmelt, aggravating overland flooding and increasing tributary flows.

Environment Canada’s long-term March to May climate outlook indicates a chance that temperatures will be near normal in most of the province, except for the southeast portion which is expected to experience below-normal temperatures. Precipitation is expected to be near normal across the province.

Soil Moisture Conditions

Fall 2013 soil moisture:

•The Pas region and Souris River watershed: above normal to well-above normal with soil moisture levels up to 200 per cent of normal in portions of the Souris River watershed;
•Southern Manitoba including the Red River valley: below normal to near normal;
•Western Manitoba: near normal to above normal;
•Central Interlake: below normal; and
•Eastern Manitoba: below normal.
Snowpack Conditions and Snow Water Content

Winter precipitation is generally below normal in a band stretching from the upper Assiniboine, Souris, Pembina and the upper Red rivers watersheds, with the exception of near-normal precipitation on the upstream Saskatchewan side of the Souris River.

Winter precipitation in The Pas region, the east and north side of Lake Winnipeg, and the Whiteshell area is above normal to well-above normal. Precipitation is normal to above normal in the Interlake region.

Within the city of Winnipeg, the snowpack is above normal. Local run-off potential within the city could be above normal if a faster rate of melt occurs.

Ice Jams

At the onset of run-off, there is a chance of localized flooding due to ice jams or snow blockages in drains, ditches and small streams. Major ice jams are difficult to predict as to location and magnitude, and the possibility of ice jams cannot be ruled out.

Flood Preparation

Though ice jams cannot be predicted, ice-cutting and Amphibex icebreaking activities should limit ice jam related flooding on the lower Red River and a number of other streams.

The Amphibex fleet has broken a 28-kilometre, 100 metre-wide channel down the centre of the Red River from downstream of Netley Lake through the community of Selkirk. As well, two km of river ice was broken by the Amphibexes on the Brokenhead River through the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, two km was broken on the Icelandic River at the community of Riverton, three km was broken on the Fisher River through the community of Fisher River and Lake Manitoba ice was broken at the outlet of the Portage Diversion channel. Additionally, three km of ice was cut on the Whitemud River at the outlet of the river into Lake Manitoba.

The chances of minor localized flooding due to snow blockages in drains, ditches and small streams during the early part of the run-off period will be dependent on the nature of the spring breakup and rate of melt.

Manitoba’s flood-fighting equipment includes:

•two million regular sandbags;
•six sandbag-making machines;
•17,000 super sandbags;
•43 km of Hesco cage barriers, into which sand or other heavy material is placed;
•50 km of water-filled barriers, of which 22 km are in rapid-response trailers;
•34 mobile pumps; and
•61 heavy-duty steamers.

Updated: 7:35 PM GMT on April 04, 2014

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