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This map shows pasture soil moisture levels as of the end of March compared to the long-term average. A large part of Alberta has near- to slightly above-average amounts of soil moisture. Parts of the Peace River and northern regions are going into the spring with well-above-average amounts.

Weather school is back in session — here are the basics of thunderstorms

How does solar energy result in thunderstorms? 
The answer lies with conduction, convection, and latent heat

Reading Time: 3 minutes With temperatures slowly starting to heat up across the Prairies, thoughts turn towards summer and summer weather, and in my case, I begin thinking about thunderstorms. After a very active summer last year, I thought it might be time to look at this topic again. I also thought it would be a good idea to take […] Read more

Why does El Niño have such a big impact on our weather?

Why does El Niño have such a big impact on our weather?

It’s all about heat and the atmosphere’s aversion to imbalances 
when it comes to hot and cold

Reading Time: 4 minutes A few weeks ago while waiting for a triathlon to start, a thunderstorm rolled through the region forcing everyone to run for shelter. While listening to people talk during the storm I overheard a weather-related idea or story that I’ve actually been mulling in my head for a while now, but I still haven’t figured […] Read more