Let's get right to the point, Winnipeg. Do you have any idea what weekend this is? Well, Winnipeg, do you? And do not cheat by peeking at the calendar. What? Giving up already?
That's just great, Winnipeg. For the third straight year, you've forgotten Sunday is Mother's Day, the one day of the year when you are expected to stop being an inconsiderate slob and show mom how much you care.
Fortunately, the Weather Column is here to bail you out again. On your behalf, I'd like to give Mom a weekend full of sunshine, above-normal temperatures, rainbows and unicorns. Sadly, thanks to Mother Nature, I can't do that. What I can do is give your mom the following heartfelt weather-related poem:
SDLqApril was a bummer/Full of snow and ice/And in case you forgot/We're going to have it twice!"
Sadly, thanks to some cold arctic air, this weekend is shaping up as April: The Sequel.
Environment Canada says Mom can expect mostly sunny skies today with a bracing high of just 8 C, which is a full 11 degrees below the normal high of 19 C at this joyous time of year. On her big day, Mom will be treated to more sun and a numbing high of just 10 C. To rub a bit of salt in Mom's wounds, on Monday, the day after her special day, the high will soar to 23 C, which will be followed by a sizzling 27 C Tuesday.
By way of a cruel reminder, here's a couple of fun facts about what we endured last month:
1) It took until April 24 for our daily high temperature to top 5 C (it hit 5.5 C that day), the longest Winnipeg has ever gone in spring without reaching 5 C. The previous record was 1950, when we hit 5.6 C on April 15.
2) It wasn't the coldest April ever, but easily the coldest in living memory. The mean temperature for April was -2.1 C, the coldest in 106 years and tied with 1907 for third-coldest since records began in 1872.
But Mom doesn't care about statistics. Mom cares about having fun, starting with the Loa-Down Luau, a Tiki-themed shindig tonight at the Sir John Franklin Community Centre in River Heights to raise funds for the River City Rumble rockabilly festival in August. Tickets are $15 at the door.
You can make Mom feel classy by taking her to the Winnipeg Art Gallery today for the opening of 100 Masters: Only in Canada, a breathtaking exhibit featuring works by some of the world's greatest artists, including Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso and Emily Carr. They won't have Dogs Playing Poker, but that's life.
Mom will get misty-eyed if you take her to the Manitoba Museum today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the province's largest Manitoba Day celebration, marking the 143rd anniversary of when the Manitoba Act received royal assent. We're talking tons of events, including Cake-itoba! The Great Manitoba Day Cake-Off! wherein cakes provided by local bakers will be judged by museum visitors. Admission is free.
If you're looking for a last-minute gift for Mom, remember this is another giveaway weekend, in which Winnipeggers slap "FREE" stickers on unwanted household items and plunk them on the curbside.
You can find something that will make mom feel warm and fuzzy on her special day -- like a parka!