Albertan weather – not for the fainthearted

I did say that it was possible that my Meteorological past would make a foray into this blog from time to time. This happens to be one of those times. πŸ˜‰

We in Alberta are about to witness an interesting weather event. You wouldn’t know it from Saturday, as temperatures rose to a balmy 3C (37F) here in Calgary. Sunday, however, is a different story. We’re about to get hit by a very intense Arctic front courtesy of the Siberian
coming for a visit.

I thought this map of early next week might give you an idea, you don’t have to be a Meteorologist to get the gist:


As an Accuweather blogger put it here, this is the kind of thing Calgary is likely to see this Sunday…

8am Sunday…….-3 celsius (26 F) and partly cloudy

11am Sunday……-5 celsius (23 F) as the Arctic front arrives, wind picks up with some light snow.

Noon Sunday…….-10 celsius (14 F), windy with moderate to heavy snow and blowing snow.

2 pm Sunday…….-16 celsius (3 F), light to moderate snow and blustery.

5 pm Sunday…….-23 celsius (-9 F), light snow.

9 pm Sunday……..-26 celsius (-15 F), light snow.

Noon Monday…….-29 celsius (-20 F), flurries.

Temperatures could fall to -36 to -38 celsius (-32 to -36 F) Monday night and early Tuesday morning!

It’s always fun here in Alberta. πŸ˜‰

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7 Responses to Albertan weather – not for the fainthearted

  1. faithwalk says:


    And I thought it was cold here! Wow.
    Stay safe, your heart warmed by the Spirit’s fire, and kept in the Fathers care!

    Blessings to you all!



  2. prairiewords says:

    And after you’re done messing with it you send it off to Manitoba. And to think I moved from Iqaluit to Brandon because the weather was supposed to be better.


  3. Kate says:

    You can keep it. I do recall one winter here when my diesel car wouldn’t start for three weeks because the temps were consistently around -40.


  4. Calgary often has wild swings in weather within a few hours, but it could be worse. The “Siberian front” about to hit Calgary has already hit the North. Right now in Whitehorse (Sun 8 am), it’s -33. The forecast calls for lows of -30 or below for the next five days.

    This is my 20th winter in Whitehorse and, I’m happy to say, my last, God willing.


  5. Wendy says:

    Don’t forget about about Edmonton
    Calgary’s not the only one cold in fact Edmonton maybe Colder!!!!!!!


  6. Peter says:

    Susan – Yes, it’s a tad parky out right now. OK, it’s seriously nasty – not a night to be out in – not at least if you want to be alive come the morning. Currently it is -27c (-17F), N gusting to 54km/h making it feel like -43c (-45F). There’s an extreme wind chill warning out, and I hope and pray that all the street folks have found a place for the next few days as a matter of life and death.

    Prairiewords / Kate – But we like to send it out to you folks, we know you appreciate it πŸ™‚

    Scott- Yup, can’t hold a candle to you N of 60!

    Wendy – Ah yes, Edmonton looks as bad as us right now (and as an aside I will reply to your email soon I hope!)


  7. LOL that front got here this a.m. (Tuesday), after Monday was a comfy 42F. Today we had a wind chill of -30F.


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