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By: Mikeman444 , 5:22 AM GMT on August 02, 2013
What happened to July, what started with record heat very rapidly changed to record cold and stayed there. The extreme heat and humidity gave way to temperature dipping below the freezing mark in some places and the region was under a winter like Arctic high pressure area. While the southwestern most part of the area saw warmer temperatures and rampant severe weather, the rest of the areas were cold and dry.
The massive dome of hot air that looked very solid shifted south, way south. And while heat and humidity did finally visit eastern Canada it was brief.
Will this arctic air last though August, time will tell.
Augsust 2013 Forecast
Issued 11:10pm Aug 1st
Overall August is unlikely to turn out like any forecast out there. The current weather pattern is incredibly rare for midsummer and is causing chaos with the summer forecast, it is a very extreme pattern that is bringing incredible heat to Alaska and the Yukon, in Fact overall July was warmer in Alaska than everywhere except for the deep south of the USA. If the pattern Continues I must issue a warning for Calgary, You may be in for some snow in just a few weeks.
Aug 1-10: Warming far northern Alberta, cold in southern Alberta, somewhat normal in Sask and Manitoba
Aug 10-20: May warm up in southern Alberta, remaining warm or Hot north of 57 degrees N.
Aug 20-31: If the current patterns continue this could be a nasty two weeks. Heavy snow developing along the Alberta foothills and possibly moving east through the southern part of the region in what could be a historical late august storm, records will likely get smashed for snowfall and rainfall. At the same time temperatures reaching the 30s in northern Alberta.
The pattern may change again eliminating the risk of a late August or early September snowstorm. It could go from one extreme to another much like it has for much of the year. I could be talking about scorching heat and forest fires by the time I do my September forecast
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