Newsletter - May 2018

Featured topics: April climate summary, agriculture weather subscriptions, blog series about hail, and spring fire weather information.
Hi <<First Name>>,
April dryness and roller-coaster temperature pattern

The dry weather pattern continued in April across southern Manitoba with most of the province south of Thompson receiving less than 40% of normal precipitation.

The only part of the Prairies that had above-normal precipitation in April was southwestern Alberta, where a couple heavy snowstorms occurred.

April started out very cold, but temperatures rebounded significantly in the second half of the month. The first half of April was the second coldest on record in Winnipeg since 1872 and the coldest on record in Brandon. However, a warm second half of the month resulted in only a 19th coldest April on record in Winnipeg and a 8th coldest April on record in Brandon.

For more custom, quality-controlled climate data, please contact us.
Agriculture Weather Subscriptions

Many Manitoba farmers have been enjoying our daily agriculture weather forecasts, which started on April 1. However, it's not too late to sign up. You can still receive weather forecasts starting today, until October 31. Just visit to sign up.
Hail series: What is hail, how does it form, and what are the impacts?

Hail affects nearly everyone at one time or another. The annual economic impact of hail storms in North America runs into the billions of dollars. We are currently publishing a series on our blog about hail. In this series, we are exploring the insides of hail stones and how they form, the behaviour of hail storms, how we predict hail events and some of its economic and social implications. Our first post explores how hail forms and why hail develops layers like an onion and was published on Monday April 23. Our second post was published yesterday and discusses hail storm patterns. The series can be viewed at

Dry conditions cause dangerous fire weather

Brush fire season is ongoing across southern Manitoba. What do we mean by brush fire season? It is the part of the year between the early spring snow melt and the late spring green-up, when vegetation is extremely dry. When precipitation is minimal, such as this year, warm and windy days make this dry vegetation extremely vulnerable to fire ignition and spread. There is also a secondary brush fire season in the mid fall when vegetation has dried out and precipitation becomes less frequent. In dry years, burning during these periods is not a good idea when conditions are critical, such as on warm and windy days when relative humidity is very low. Warm and dry conditions also tend to make the lower atmosphere unstable, which helps to further fuel the fires by giving them better ventilation.

Our meteorologists keep an eye on these weather conditions, which can help governments take preventative action to prevent fires and be prepared for when they may start.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any further questions or comments.

Best Regards,
The Weatherlogics Team

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