Alberta Foothills Weather

April 22

Yuck!
Since the last post it has been nothing but ugly around here with the northwest wind howling constantly. This morning has been the worst so far with gusts pushing 70km/h making the end of the driveway hard to see through the blowing snow.
Impossible to tell how much snow has fallen since the last post with it blowing all over the place, but there is more than yesterday and some big drifts out there. The cover is about as good as we had at any time through the winter.
April has really turned out to be a crummy month and it’s not done yet. Looks like no real warmup on the way until next week and another slow moving mess pushing into cold Alberta from the west for Thursday/Friday means more flakes for somebody, depends which model you look at. Some say to the south, some say to the north, but it’ll be around here somewhere.
I’d just like this wind to shove off. It has built some lovely snow sculptures that should look quite amazing when the sun comes out and gives us some shadows.

April winter storm in Alberta, west of Red Deer - April 22/2008
April winter storm in Alberta, west of Innisfail - April 22/2008April winter storm in Alberta, west of Red Deer - April 22/2008
Icicles frozen upwards by the frosty wind of an Alberta April winter storm - April 20/2008Home weather station Wind readings Tuesday morning April 22/2008

2 Responses to “April 22”

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    Anthony Says:

    Wow Pat the wind was really howling there, considering thismorning (Tues) there was hardly any wind. Even yesterdaythere was some but not Half that bad, noteven close. It’ll be nice to wrap this one up. Looks like the next one there talking about is going south of as of today. Environment Canada has some nice precip totals and compare that with ama cams you actually feel you got an idea of what transpired the last 3 or4 days. It was fun. Real strange how some areas got a ton and another area less than 80km away got a good coat but not nearly as much.

    Later Pat

    Anthony

  2. 2
    PB Says:

    The wind has finally died off… ahhhhh the calm.
    Some very nice amounts of snow for sure!

    SUMMARY WEATHER STATEMENT ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA AT 8:13 PM MDT
    TUESDAY 22 APRIL 2008.

    A LATE WINTER STORM BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW TO MUCH OF
    ALBERTA OVER THE PAST FOUR TO FIVE DAYS. THE LOW PRESSURE CENTER
    ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORM DEVELOPED IN MONTANA AND GRADUALLY TRACKED
    TO THE NORTH THROUGH SASKATCHEWAN. THIS LOW IN COMBINATION WITH AN
    ARCTIC RIDGE THAT MOVED INTO THE PROVINCE ON SATURDAY PROVIDED AN
    IDEAL SETUP FOR HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS. TEMPERATURES
    UNDER THE ARCTIC RIDGE WERE GENERALLY 15 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL
    VALUES FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WERE GREATEST TOWARDS
    THE SASKATCHEWAN BORDER AND ARE SUMMARIZED BELOW.

    LOCATION SNOWFALL AMOUNT
    PROVOST…………….60 CM
    EAGLE BUTTE…………42 CM
    FORT MCMURRAY……….41 CM
    STONY PLAIN…………41 CM
    COLD LAKE…………..38 CM
    MEDICINE HAT………..38 CM
    RED EARTH…………..37 CM
    WHITECOURT………….36 CM
    SLAVE LAKE………….35 CM
    OKOTOKS…………….34 CM
    LLOYDMINSTER………..33 CM
    HIGH PRAIRIE………..32 CM
    ATHABASCA…………..31 CM
    EDMONTON……………31 CM
    FORT CHIPEWYAN……30-40 CM
    CALGARY…………….30 CM
    LAVOY………………30 CM
    DRUMHELLER………….30 CM
    VIKING……………..25 CM
    PINCHER CREEK……….22 CM
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE…20 CM
    LETHBRIDGE………….18 CM
    OLDS……………….18 CM
    GRANDE PRAIRIE………12 CM
    HINTON VALLEY……….10 CM

    WIND GUSTS WERE REPORTED NEAR OR ABOVE 70 KM/H WITH THE STRONGEST
    WINDS BEING REPORTED CLOSE TO THE SASKATCHEWAN BORDER. THESE GUSTY
    WINDS COMBINED WITH FRESH SNOW GAVE VISIBILITIES BELOW 1 KILOMETRE
    FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME OVER MUCH OF ALBERTA.

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