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 Cal...

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...

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

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
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

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Elevation: 863 ft
Temperature: 41.7 °F
Dew Point: 40.4 °F
Humidity: 95%
Wind: 2.2 mph from the SSE
Wind Gust: 4.0 mph
Updated: 2:50 PM CDT on April 24, 2014

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