Prairies Weather - Summer 2018 Recap

Posted by Christopher Poitras on Thursday, August 16, 2018
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As Meteorological Fall starts on September 1st, lets take a look back on how the summer turned out weather wise in the Canadian Prairies.

After what was one of the longest winters in Canadian history, summer was much appreciated when it made its appearance in June.   With an above average temperature, and below average precipitation at the end of June/beginning of July, it was set up to be a very warm and dry summer.   However, this lead to another year with forest fires in British Columbia. 

In Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, the dry and hot period led to a huge setup for severe storms starting mid July.  While there were many land-spouts, large hail reports, and other severe weather situations, nothing takes the top spot like the EF-4 Tornado that devastated Alonsa, Manitoba. 

The Tornado was the strongest Tornado that was rated above EF-3 since the Goderich Ontario Tornado on August 21st 2011.   Thankfully though, there was only one death in the Alonsa MB tornado, however it still was a tragic end to a very quiet and safe summer weather wise.  

Overall, the summer shaped up to be a fairly pleasant summer season, and the pattern for Fall will be above average precipitation, and a bit colder.  However, winter is looking to be a warmer than average season, due to El Nino making an appearance again that will lead into next summer. 

Have a great rest of your summer!

The Team

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