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Quite chilly this morning but its looking possible we could hit double figures in Canmore everyday for the next week. Calgary ‘could’ well reach 15oC for 5 plus days straight. Quite a remarkable spell of warm weather. 

As I usually say the weather will always even out, it’s just when. Cold Christmas anyone? 

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So a weather pattern change is looking likely this week. Will it evolve to what the long term forecast is predicting? That’s the million dollar question.

Having had a very warm start to December the forecast is for much colder weather to visit Alberta from mid December onwards.

The weather network have in fact forecast a bitterly cold and more snowy winter than usual across western Canada, through to the end of February and possibly beyond. They’re even predicting a ‘heightened risk for extended periods of severe cold and dangerous wind chills.’ 

This set up is similar to 2008 (another La Niña year). In that year i experienced my biggest snowstorm (67cm’s in 24 hours) and my coldest temp (-42oC)

It’ll be interesting to see if it sets up as the forecasters state. If so it’ll be a long cold winter. I’ve attached a few pics from their LTF. Southern Alberta could be prime for some cracking snowstorms and extreme cold.

 @CatchMyDrift It may be a memorable first winter in Canada....

@cheeky_monkey I can just imagine you’re so pleased at this prospect. I know how much you love the cold 

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1 hour ago, Coopsy said:

So a weather pattern change is looking likely this week. Will it evolve to what the long term forecast is predicting? That’s the million dollar question.

Having had a very warm start to December the forecast is for much colder weather to visit Alberta from mid December onwards.

The weather network have in fact forecast a bitterly cold and more snowy winter than usual across western Canada, through to the end of February and possibly beyond. They’re even predicting a ‘heightened risk for extended periods of severe cold and dangerous wind chills.’ 

This set up is similar to 2008 (another La Niña year). In that year i experienced my biggest snowstorm (67cm’s in 24 hours) and my coldest temp (-42oC)

It’ll be interesting to see if it sets up as the forecasters state. If so it’ll be a long cold winter. I’ve attached a few pics from their LTF. Southern Alberta could be prime for some cracking snowstorms and extreme cold.

 @CatchMyDrift It may be a memorable first winter in Canada....

@cheeky_monkey I can just imagine you’re so pleased at this prospect. I know how much you love the cold 

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i did predict back in late Sep early Oct either a very cold winter or very mild and nothing in between...this was purely based on my experience of la Nina winters here...i was initially going for cold and snowy aka 2010-11..however in the last week things seemed to shaping up similar to 2011-12 that autumn had a cold snowy middle of November then turned warm at the end and on into Dec..that warm regime then held sway right through the winter..but looking at the charts it seems it will turn a lot colder again in the next day or so and in the run up to Xmas with some -30c temps starting to show up again...so the above charts could be close to the mark we will see.

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I think any continental weather is going to be a big change from Scottish weather, but I am going to get a shock if we get anything approaching cold for Canada. Some of the charts not too far out are warping my brain 😱🥶🥶

I am enjoying the huge amounts of easy walking round here and the change from the country living I had in Scotland to suburban surroundings. Calgary is amazing in terms of all transport links, although I'm perhaps biased as we live close to the C-train. I'll need to get a bike next year but for now walking is holding my interest, especially when there are some pretty clouds:

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NW Calgary is certainly my preferred area of the city. Though quite sprawling the transport links are good.

One thing a lot of people say when they visit is how dry the air is. In fact a lot people used to get nosebleeds in the first week they were here. Maybe that’s just my weird family. 

Wet and rainy in Canmore today but quite mild. Still very dark though at 8am. very different to the last few days ...

Also I’ve got my eye on my next house in Canmore...Only $5.3million. If it comes with the northern lights it’s a bargain right...

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11 minutes ago, Coopsy said:

NW Calgary is certainly my preferred area of the city. Though quite sprawling the transport links are good.

One thing a lot of people say when they visit is how dry the air is. In fact a lot people used to get nosebleeds in the first week they were here. Maybe that’s just my weird family. 

Wet and rainy in Canmore today but quite mild. Still very dark though at 8am. very different to the last few days ...

Also I’ve got my eye on my next house in Canmore...Only $5.3million. If it comes with the northern lights it’s a bargain right...

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i lived in Calgary from 2012-14..i was in SE Calgary in and area called new Brighton which is next to Mackenzie Towne (nicknamed English towne because its themed on the Canadian vision of an English town with terraced housing and a kind of high street with shops and a pub etc)..was never a fan of NW Calgary..you should check out Airdrie and compare it to the real one

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29 minutes ago, cheeky_monkey said:

i lived in Calgary from 2012-14..i was in SE Calgary in and area called new Brighton which is next to Mackenzie Towne (nicknamed English towne because its themed on the Canadian vision of an English town with terraced housing and a kind of high street with shops and a pub etc)..was never a fan of NW Calgary..you should check out Airdrie and compare it to the real one

Interesting you say about SE Calgary. I visited once and it was a unique experience so it put me off exploring further. That said I haven’t been to new Brighton. Sounds pretty good. I’ve also heard the fish creek region is quite nice which would make sense as it’s in that region. 

I was looking at moving out of Canmore around 2010 and visited Airdrie along with Red Deer, High River. Basically a lot of places up and down highway 2. Along with checking out many parts of BC and even went to ontario to check out Toronto and surrounding areas (not sure why). But Collingwood is worth a visit. 

Wheres your favourite place in Canada you’ve been to? 

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A much different feel to the weather today, Rocky Ridge really catches the breeze when it's coming from the W or NW:

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I'm sorted for driving now so that will open everything up for me so I can get a much better feel for what's what. I am still at the novelty stage that everywhere holds interest as it's different. Also looking forward to some possible snow tonight 👍

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1 hour ago, CatchMyDrift said:

A much different feel to the weather today, Rocky Ridge really catches the breeze when it's coming from the W or NW:

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I'm sorted for driving now so that will open everything up for me so I can get a much better feel for what's what. I am still at the novelty stage that everywhere holds interest as it's different. Also looking forward to some possible snow tonight 👍

Hopefully the new car has got it’s winter tires on already as you might well need them come tomorrow.

Right now though that chinook wind is roaring through. Up to 100km/h in places. 

But a system is coming through later. Looking like heaviest snow tomorrow morning.

Up to 25cm forecast for Banff to Lake Louise. Easily 5, maybe 10cms for the Calgary region - heaviest in the west. I’m forecasting 15cm for Canmore.

Unfortunately it’s very wet at the moment - it’s gonna be a bit slippery come the morning.

Heres TWN forecast...

Welcome back winter ❄️ 

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5 hours ago, Coopsy said:

Interesting you say about SE Calgary. I visited once and it was a unique experience so it put me off exploring further. That said I haven’t been to new Brighton. Sounds pretty good. I’ve also heard the fish creek region is quite nice which would make sense as it’s in that region. 

I was looking at moving out of Canmore around 2010 and visited Airdrie along with Red Deer, High River. Basically a lot of places up and down highway 2. Along with checking out many parts of BC and even went to ontario to check out Toronto and surrounding areas (not sure why). But Collingwood is worth a visit. 

Wheres your favourite place in Canada you’ve been to? 

Difficult one to answer..i honestly find Canada much of a muchness..i have lived in Edmonton and Calgary also spent 2 months in London Ontario and really all 3 places feel and look the same..i like Jasper but couldn't /wouldn't ever live there..spend time with work in Vancouver on a regular basis but is pretty meh..i almost ended up living in Windsor Ontario...really like Tecumseh and La Salle just on the edge of the city..but work wise its a dead town.

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Agree CM - a lot of the cities are quite similar. It’s the towns that do it for me. Nelson in BC is one of my favourites.

A snowfall warning has now been issued for Canmore - as predicted up to 15cm’s. Though only sleety rain right now and very wet. Up to 35cm forecast now further west towards Lake Louise.  

I can see parts of Calgary turning white at the moment on the webcams. It’s going to be an interesting night. 
 

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Nothing to really shout about - accumulation isn’t much due to the wet evening/overnight and warmish temps. Certainly not the usual powder snow in winter. About 3/4 cm’s.

I can’t see it getting anywhere close to 10cm’s let alone 15cm’s, as forecast, as it looks like it’s moving out already on the radar for these parts. I may be proved wrong if it peps up again. 
 

 

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9 hours ago, Coopsy said:

Nothing to really shout about - accumulation isn’t much due to the wet evening/overnight and warmish temps. Certainly not the usual powder snow in winter. About 3/4 cm’s.

I can’t see it getting anywhere close to 10cm’s let alone 15cm’s, as forecast, as it looks like it’s moving out already on the radar for these parts. I may be proved wrong if it peps up again. 
 

 

We ended up with a few cms here, a little more than there was down nearer the city centre. Looks lovely but it was very slushy and wet snow, very non-Canadian apparently:

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13 hours ago, CatchMyDrift said:

We ended up with a few cms here, a little more than there was down nearer the city centre. Looks lovely but it was very slushy and wet snow, very non-Canadian apparently:

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It reminded me of a typical April/May snowstorm. Had it been drier I think we could have got some decent accumulation but most of it was definitely lost in the early stages to melt.

Kind of glad it didn’t get much colder as many years on a storm that starts wet, it’s frozen solid under the snow and remained icy throughout the winter.

Colder temps setting in for a while but looks like warming up next week. Round 2 in a week or so? 

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no warm up here next week?

Winter is certainly setting in for you up there.

I’m thinking this might be a familiar theme during the winter. The cold held up in mid Alberta whilst the storm track comes through southern Alberta bringing periodic warm ups. 

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Very true - I think we usually get a week a year of extremely cold weather in the mountains . The rest of the time anything from 10oC down to mid minus 20’s. Not too often below that. 
 

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Very true - I think we usually get a week a year of extremely cold weather in the mountains . The rest of the time anything from 10oC down to mid minus 20’s. Not too often below that. 
 

Feb 2019 was brutal here ...the  mean for the month was -23c.. dont think we got above -15c all month.

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35 minutes ago, cheeky_monkey said:

Feb 2019 was brutal here ...the  mean for the month was -23c.. dont think we got above -15c all month.

That would make me thoroughly miserable. It’s bad enough when it’s for a few days. 

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16 minutes ago, cheeky_monkey said:

have bad freezing fog here...notice they dont call it freezing fog in Canada but "ice producing fog"..anyway thick rime on trees ect and temp of -14c

The freezing fog is producing light snow here, or as my then 6yr old eldest son christened it in Scotland in 2010: "snow...and fog...SNOG!!" 

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Lovely sunny day here ☀️ 

Between now and Monday up to 60 hours of light snow forecast on and off in Calgary but with close to nil accumulation . Wind chill might be an issue with strong northerly winds.

The polar vortex even gets a mention in this article...

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Saturday's low in Calgary and Sunday's high fall well below averages.

Edmonton remains in the freezer whilst Canmore joins the warm up next week.

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