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John Sauder, CBC's meteorologist in Manitoba, keeps track of weather moving across the province.

  • John's Weather Journal July 9

    The Saskatchewan low that I was talking about yesterday is now centred over the northern Interlake. It's dropping some rain on northern Manitoba today. Most of that is showers with a risk of a thunderstorm but the eastern sections of the north could see up to 30mm of rain near thunderstorms. There is (as of noon) a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Shamattawa, Island Lake and Gillam region. That includes God's Lake. That system will continue to pull away to the northeast as the day progresses. 
    Behind the low, strong winds and a few scattered showers. As of 1pm, those showers are forming in the Swan River and Dauphin regions and are slowly moving the the southeast. I still have a mention of showers in my forecast for Winnipeg and the rest of the southeast for later this afternoon. 
    We are heading into a quieter weather pattern as we approach the weekend. Expect mainly sunny skies on Friday with a high of 26, then a chance for a shower early on Saturday, followed by a sun/cloud mix and a chance of showers later in the day.
    Sunday is back to sunny and warm conditions but Monday gets interesting. Monday, we'll see increasing cloud with a chance for afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Too early to tell (on Thursday) if those storms would reach severe criteria. 
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Thursday:  W @ 30/50  this afternoon.  
    Friday: SW @ 10 in the morning.  NW @ 10 in the afternoon.
    Saturday:   N @ 10/15 in the morning.  NW @ 10 in the afternoon.
    Sunday:   Light Wind in the morning. Light Wind in the afternoon. 

    John's Weather Journal July 8

    Checking on rainfall amounts for the showers that went through early Wednesday morning and we picked up between 2 and 4 mm here in Winnipeg. Brandon, where water levels are starting to subside, rainfall amounts were closer to 10-15mm.
    The rest of the day will be fairly bright across the south, however, there is potential for storms to fire up in southeastern Manitoba this afternoon, especially if clouds continue to clear and daytime heating starts to create some afternoon instability.  The main threats if those storms develop would be hail and strong winds gusts. Those storms would drift into northwestern Ontario later this evening. 
    Thursday looks cloudy to start the day here in the south. It'll will be a windy afternoon and there is a chance of an afternoon shower but nothing like the rain that will hit northern Manitoba on Thursday. Rain, at times heavy, will move through the north on Thursday. The only areas that escape the heavier rains would be the far north including Churchill. 
    Back in the south, we are heading into a quieter weather pattern as we approach the weekend. There is a chance of an evening shower on Saturday but, generally, we'll enjoy temps in the mid 20s with overnight lows in the mid teens Friday through Sunday and varying amounts of sun and cloud. 
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Wednesday:  SW @ 20/40  this afternoon.  
    Thursday: SW @ 20/25 in the morning.  W @ 30/50 in the afternoon.
    Friday:   NW @ 20/30 in the morning.  NW @ 10/15 in the afternoon.
    Saturday:   NW @ 10 in the morning. NW @ 10 in the afternoon. 

    John's Weather Journal July 7

    Well, the heat is back but it's a stable atmosphere over southern Manitoba so no showers or storms expected today. What we have is a hot and sunny day with UV ratings up at 9 (very high). Not much wind to report either. 
    All of the action is in southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan. A low forming over Montana and a trough over the eastern prairies are supplying SW Sask with the moisture and the trigger for storms (some severe) to form this afternoon. As the evening progresses, those storms will move east and, by the overnight period, reach the Manitoba border. By the time the surface trough reaches Manitoba, the storms are sub severe but will still make enough noise to wake some folks. The timing for the Red River Valley would be around 4am (earlier for the west). We could see a stray shower in the afternoon but general clearing will take place after lunch time on Wednesday. 
    Thursday is the cooler day of the week with a high of 24 and and a sun/cloud mix. There is a chance of an afternoon or evening shower. 
    Sunshine will make a return toward the weekend and temps will be in the upper 20s. Humidity levels will still be fairly high through the weekend. Dew point temps will run around 17 or 18 degrees on Friday to Sunday. Overnight lows will be more manageable at around 16 degrees Friday through Sunday. 
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Tuesday:  W @ 10  this afternoon.  
    Wednesday: S @ 20 in the morning.  SW @ 10 in the afternoon.
    Thursday:   SW @ 10 in the morning.  W @ 30/40 in the afternoon.
    Friday:   W @ 10/15 in the morning. W @ 10 in the afternoon. 
  • John's Weather Journal July 6

    All warnings for extreme heat have ended. We are into a more pleasant weather pattern today and tonight with a high of 28 and a low tonight of 14 degrees, much more comfortable for sleeping.
    High pressure keeps Tuesday sunny and calm but temps start to get hot again with an afternoon high of 30 degrees. 
    The days this week with some rain possible will be Wednesday and Thursday. We have a fairly deep low pressure system that will move across the middle part of the province on Wednesday. It looks like most of the rain or thunderstorms will be in the lower half of the province. 
    Skies will clear briefly on Wednesday night before this lingering disturbance drops more rain on us during the latter half of Thursday. Sunshine will make a return toward the weekend and temps will be in the upper 20s. Humidity levels will still be fairly high through the weekend. Dew point temps will run around 17 or 18 degrees on Friday to Sunday. That could best be described as 'STICKY'. 
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Monday:  W @ 20/25  this afternoon.  
    Tuesday: Light wind in the morning.  SW @ 10 in the afternoon.
    Wednesday:   S @ 10 in the morning.  SW @ 10/15 in the afternoon.
    Thursday:   SW @ 10 in the morning. SW @ 40/60 in the afternoon. 
  • John's Weather Journal June 30

    As I write this just after noon, we have a continued heat warning, a severe t-storm watch for the southwest, and a severe t-storm warning in the Melita area. This is the same area that was hit hard by torrential rain on Sunday. 
    Weather Alert mid day Tuesday
    Lightning Tracker at mid day Tuesday
    Here in the Red River Valley, we can expect increasing cloud tonight with storms - possibly severe - after midnight. Secure the yard tonight before bedtime. 
    Futurecast at 1am Wednesday
    Wednesday (Canada Day) will be a little cooler at 28 degrees with gradual clearing through the day and into the evening, then the 30 degree heat returns for Thursday (windy) and Friday. 
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Tuesday:  SE @ 20/30  this afternoon.  
    Wednesday: S @ 15 in the morning.  SW @ 25/30 in the afternoon.
    Thursday:   SE @ 10 in the morning.  S @ 40/60 in the afternoon.
    Friday:   Light in the morning. NW @ 10 in the afternoon. 

    John's Weather Journal June 29

    Yesterdays rainfall was epic in proportion. Many locations received 155mm of rain  as storms "trained" through the area. There could be more storms in the SW tonight into Tuesday. There is also a chance for a thunderstorm here in the Red River Valley on Tuesday night. 
    The heat warning remains in effect and won't likely change much this week.
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Monday:  SE @ 20  this afternoon.  
    Tuesday: E @ 10/15 in the morning.  SE @ 20/25 in the afternoon.
    Wednesday:   SE @ 10/20 in the morning.  SW @ 20/25 in the afternoon.
    Thursday:   Light in the morning. SE @ 40/50 in the afternoon. 
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