Alberta Foothills Weather

December 21

Though it seems like it’s been here for a month already, Winter officially arrived at 5:04 am this morning, an hour before the wicked southeast wind began and turned this into a rotten day.
It has been steadily getting colder since the last post, not getting to -40 here, but very close at dozens of stations across the province. Yesterday morning was the coldest of the snap so far here, -31.6C @ 8:51am, it was only -31.3 this morning.
Until today, the wind has been mostly gentle, up to 15 km/h, but still enough to bring the feel down 10 degrees. This afternoon is just brutal out there, a 20-30km/h southeast wind at -23C brings the windchill down to the -35 area.
Been watching for interesting deep-freeze atmospheric phenomena, but have only seen a few light pillars so far, was expecting all kinds of halos and sundogs this week, but have seen none. We picked up a few cm of powder Thursday and nothing has changed in the landscape since then, everything is frozen in place. Even the powder that fell on tree branches is still there in this wind.
We may still get a bit of a warmup out of the next big system moving in to batter the west coast, but it looks to be brief, the hopes of seeing the freezing mark for the holidays have evaporated on the models and now it looks like we will be lucky to see -15 this week. Brrr.
Ah to have the -2.9C we had a year ago. Or the +10.4C we had in ’06.

Have a merry and safe Christmas!

Light pillars over a drilling rig southwest of Red Deer, Alberta - Dec 18, 2008Light pillars over western Alberta - Dec 18, 2008Burning bales near Markerville, AB - Dec.20, 2008
Snowy Christmas wreath - Dec 18, 2008Snow check - Dec 18, 2008Looking like Christmas - Dec 18, 2008
Home weather station readings Dec.17-20, 2008
Autumn 2006-2007-2008 comparison

2 Responses to “December 21”

  1. 1
    Dann Cianca Says:

    Great light pillar shots, Pat. Stay warm! I’m heading up to Butte for Christmas on the 24th. Looks like it will be a dry day, but certainly not a warm one!

  2. 2
    PB Says:

    Thanks Dann 🙂
    You guys should be a bit warmer in Montana.
    Have a great Xmas!

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