Alberta Foothills Weather

February 8

Another weekend with nothing to complain about, other than the dirt that is starting to show through in the fields.
Well above normal temps for this time of the year and plenty of sun made for a perfect weekend for the big toboggan race at the Innisfail ski hill on Saturday. More than 300 competitors from universities and colleges all over the country turned out to put concrete to snow and fly down the hill. A good crowd of spectators turned out to watch and soak up some lovely February warmness.
An added bonus was a thin layer of freezing fog that rolled thru early Saturday morning and laid down some nice frost for sunrise.
After taking a quick look at the forecast models, I’m not sure how far ahead I’m willing to believe them, it’s quite the mess for the next week and I could see things changing a lot. What I saw was a sprinkle of snow tomorrow and back to winter starting Thursday night. Highs of -20 and lows of -30 for next weekend? I hope that changes, and the 5cm of snow forecast for the next 10 days changes to 50cm.
Full Snow moon rises to the ENE(71°) at 6:15pm tomorrow.
I see the fog has returned. 96%rh at -7C with a light breeze.. should be a nice morning!

The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race - Innisfail, AB - Feb.7, 2009
The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race - Innisfail, AB - Feb.7, 2009The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race - Innisfail, AB - Feb.7, 2009The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race - Innisfail, AB - Feb.7, 2009
Frosted trees west of Penhold, AB - Feb.7, 2009Thick frost west of Penhold, AB - Feb.7, 2009Frost flakes cling to shrubbery west of Penhold, AB - Feb.7, 2009
Frozen honeybee - Feb.8, 2009Coyote having lunch west of Red Deer,AB - Feb.8, 2009Grouse on the run south of Sylvan Lake,AB - Feb.7, 2009

2 Responses to “February 8”

  1. 1
    Brandon Says:

    Nice photos Pat! Witness any crazy wipeouts? GFS is showing some pink making its way down this weekend but I think your prediction of things changing is correct. I guess we’ll see.

  2. 2
    PB Says:

    Thanks Brandon 🙂
    There were a few wipeouts, the crew in the second pic wound up on their lids a second after that shot, but they were all geared up for it with helmets and roll bars.
    So much for our sprinkle of snow.. at least the clouds cleared off to the east for the moon.

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