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. © Envi...

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

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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.

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 Cana...

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

Today's weather Trivia and Manitoba Tornados.

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

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...

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

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 C...

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

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Portage La Prairie, MANITOBA
Elevation: 863 ft
Temperature: 40.8 °F
Dew Point: 26.3 °F
Humidity: 56%
Wind: 5.4 mph from the SE
Wind Gust: 6.3 mph
Updated: 2:01 AM CDT on April 23, 2014

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