Alberta Foothills Weather

February 18

The month is quickly sliding past with nothing remarkable happening other than the days stretching out nicely. The weekend turned out to be a nippy one, windchills hovering around -20C kept us away from the winterfestivities out in Sylvan Lake during the day, and sideways fireworks aren’t our favorite so we opted for couch and movie instead. Plain old average -2C weather since, but today things began to look up.
The best thing weather-wise to happen around here in months showed up in the mailbox this afternoon.

Storms of 2008 is a DVD jammed full of storm chases from the ’08 season in tornado alley, USA, that my most excellent wife got me for Xmas. This is a superb collection of videos and photos, radar loops and animations, all put together in chapters for the big storm days of the season.
The best part is that it is all done for charity by volunteers. Storm chasers from far and wide submit their footage, others gather the footage and produce the chapters, and the proceeds are donated to storm relief charities. It’s really a fantastic effort by all involved and the results are breathtaking, literally.
We watched it after din-din this eve, and I have it going again as I type. A mix of adrenaline and awe, there are times when the hair stands up on the back of my neck, and times when my heart sinks into my pants. More than ever, I hope I never see an F1+ anywhere around here.

Snow is on the menu, finally! But how much? Why can’t the cold stay away?
For the past few days, the GFS model has had us lined up for a classic BC low/upslope flow event for Sunday, but it has now backed off till Monday, moved the low north a bit, and moved the main batch of moisture well to the south. Hopefully that will change again and we can get a real snowfall before the deep freeze returns next week.

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8 Responses to “February 18”

  1. 1
    Matt Johnson Says:

    Your are so right about the weather around here lately! Hopefully we get a good snow fall out of that system early next week. I see its been changing a lot in the amounts catagory.

    Sounds like a great Xmas gift by the way!!!!

  2. 2
    Brandon Says:

    I should find a way to get Storms of 2007 to you Pat, the Greensburg footage is something to see.

  3. 3
    PB Says:

    Hi Matt, you guys got any snow left down there?
    I want more snow than the GEM is showing.
    Still a good looking setup… bring on the moisture!

    Brandon I think after seeing the Parkersburg aftermath on this one I’ve seen enough of that stuff for a lifetime. I got a horrid feeling watching that part, it looked like Hiroshima.

  4. 4
    Matt Johnson Says:

    You’d be surprised how much snow is still here, cuz I am!! Even having those +14 C days and the temp hovering around zero for the last few days there is still a ton on the ground. Even the side roads aren’t totally clear of snow.

    Hopefully we get the 10cm that are predicted because we are all do for some weather other than sunshine!

    Looks like a tornado event for mid-late next week in the Kansas area!!!

  5. 5
    Brent Smith Says:

    Great site Brandon, stumbled across it this morning and have quite enjoyed getting no work done so far today! 😉
    I also enjoyed going through your archives from last Summer, keeps me sane until this year’s activity.
    Cheers! B.

  6. 6
    Brent Says:

    Oops I meant Pat! Sorry guys! 😉

  7. 7
    Matt Johnson Says:

    Looks like your guys were gettings blanketed in some heavy snow there earlier this morning. We have warnings here in Calgary now but only got maybe 5-7 cm so far. Looks liek more to come tonight!

  8. 8
    Pat Boomer Says:

    Hi Brent, no worries. Glad you enjoyed the summer 🙂

    Matt, we only got 5cm yesterday, the radar was certainly misleading, we got more this morning than all day yesterday and it’s coming down pretty good right now.
    Keep it comin I say
    Sounds like somebody got a foot out in the hills!

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