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We're going to kick off your Mother's Day weekend weather forecast with a double-edged insight from our good buddy Dale Marciski at Environment Canada.

According to Dale: "It looks like we have got a weekend with some good news and some not-so-good news."

What Dale means by good news is a weak high-pressure system will bring us mostly sunny skies today with a spectacular daily high of -- prepare to be overwhelmed by intense feelings of gladness -- 19 C, which is an entire degree above the normal high of 18 C at this festive time of year.

What's more, according to Dale, "That would be the warmest temperature we have had so far in 2014. We've not had very much warm weather. We did have a 15 C day in April."

OK, now we get to the not-so-good part of the forecast: On Mother's Day, we can expect a piddling high of 12 C and, what we in the weather business refer to as, "precipitation."

In Dale's words, "There's a low-pressure system over the northern United States moving in and that is going to bring rain this evening and Sunday, and even Monday and Tuesday look like periods of rain. It's a return to the cool, unsettled weather pattern we've had for quite a while. I'm afraid on Mother's Day you'll have to bring an umbrella for Mom when you take her out for dinner."

We here at Weather Central realize a few days of rain can be disheartening, but Dale also had some news to put the moist outlook in its proper perspective. "As dry and wet as it's going to be on Sunday, 10 years ago, on May 11, 2004, we had a dump of 29 centimetres of snow. It set a record for the biggest one-day snowfall in Winnipeg ever in May. We had to shovel our way to go see our mothers."

Now doesn't that make you feel a lot better? It does? Good! Because along with the rain, it's going to get cooler throughout most of the week, until the sun pops back out on Wednesday. So hang in there, Winnipeg.

The big question is this: What are you going to do this weekend? The answer: You are going to do whatever your mother wants to do, because that woman is a (bad word) saint! Are we understood? Good!

For starters, we suggest you put this paper down, hop in the car, drive to the nearest mall and buy Mom a lovely gift as well as a thoughtful card that conveys how grateful you are for everything that sainted woman has done for you. Go ahead, we can wait.

OK, now that you've finished shopping, here's another idea: Even though Manitoba Day is technically on Monday, you can get an early start on the festivities by taking Mom to the Manitoba Museum today for the province's largest celebration to commemorate the 144th anniversary of the Manitoba Act receiving royal assent.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we're talking free admission to the museum galleries, the science gallery and the planetarium, as well as Manitoba-themed events, activities and -- YUM! -- the second-annual "Cake-itoba," wherein local bakeries create Manitoba-themed cakes and you can vote for your favourite.

Mom is probably going to want a delicious lunch on her special day and the café at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is dishing up a special one from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Along with that, you can check out all the different warblers that call Manitoba home. Maybe someone could write to let us know what a (bad word) warbler is.

And what would Mother's Day be without a train ride (OK, work with us here)? You can take Mom on a journey to the past -- which is where a lot of our politicians live -- on the Prairie Dog Central, departing Sunday at 11 a.m. for Grosse Isle, returning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20.95 at 204-832-5259.

As if that wasn't enough, the Children's Museum is offering half-price admission to moms so they can spend their big day exploring the exhibits with their offspring (that would be you) in tow.

After you bring Mom some coffee Sunday morning, why don't you sit down and read her this week's Speiriscope column in the 49.8 section of today's paper, wherein we take a look back at some of the greatest TV moms of all time, none of whom can hold a candle to your mom.

Now let's take a moment to review: 1) This is Mom's special weekend; 2) You should do whatever your mom wants because she is a saint and it is your duty to make her happy; 3) It should only take you another five years to become a doctor, which, is OK, because Mom is willing to wait.

Happy Mother's Day!

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 10, 2014 A2

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