Alberta Foothills Weather

February 1

Nothing very exciting since the last post, other than a few snowdrift hunts. A bitter cold week in general with a stiff breeze most of the time, any breeze feels stiff at -25C. Today was the first calm day so the driveway finally got scraped off and the dogs got to go for a tour.
The little bit of snow we got on Sunday along with every loose speck of snow we had already is tightly wedged on the south side of anything on an east-west line, ditches, fence lines, bale stacks, trees. The howling wind certainly crafted some interesting shapes but it also scoured the fields bare again except for the occasional cement solid drift hiding a big rock.

It looks like we won’t be getting any significant snow until at least next weekend, when the GFS forecast model has some goodies arriving. The next few days look familiar, a bit warmer during the day but still crunchy cold at night, before a quick warmup Tuesday.. then anything goes. The deep cold looks to stay dug in at Fort Chip as depressions pour into BC and squash into the cold air over Alberta, meeting up right about here. Hopefully the push from the west will stay stronger around here than the push from the north and we can avoid the brutal cold they are going to continue to have up there.

We put together the 2007-2008 January temp/wind comparison this eve, and it’s almost a reverse image of last year’s numbers. The 108km/h gust we got in 2007 blew the chart out of proportion so it got cut off at 80.

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One Response to “February 1”

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    Mike Says:

    Those snow drift pictures are amazing.
    Very nice blog you have here.

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