This has not been the greatest week ever in the history of the Weather Column.
We hate to complain, but we have been forced to endure a series of traumatic events, including: (a) a root canal after breaking a tooth on a slice of free (but hard) pizza; (b) the rubber-glove treatment from our doctor during a physical examination; and (c) the flu shot, because, since we were already in his office, the doctor figured he might as well jab us with a needle the size of a piano leg.
We mention this so you will understand the Weather Column is feeling sorry for itself and desperately wants to enjoy some unseasonably warm weather this weekend. So let's take a look at Environment Canada's website... OHMYGAWD! NOOOOOOOOO...
Sorry, we couldn't resist yanking your chain for a moment. The truth is, this weekend's outlook isn't that bad, with the exception of today, when the weather office says we can expect clouds with a depressing high of just 10 C, which is four degrees below the normal high of 14 C at this time of the year.
Take heart, though, because Sunday should be gloriously sunny with an extremely pleasant high of 16 C, and we're looking at even warmer temperatures later in the week. On Monday, we're talking a high of 19 C and it should hit a stunning 20 C on Tuesday. Thank you, autumn.
At this point in the forecast, we typically tell you there's way too much stuff to do on the weekend. We are almost always lying, but not today. There really is tons of stuff to do, such as getting your pants scared off at Six Pines Haunted Attractions, which runs until Oct. 31. There's terrifying adult stuff and tame kiddie stuff. Visit www.sixpines.mb.ca/haunt for more spine-tingling info.
If you are currently out of your gourd and want to get into a new one, head to Roland today for the annual pumpkin fair, featuring a pancake breakfast and the great pumpkin and vegetable weigh-off. Feel free to root around at www.rolandpumpkinfair.ca.
For some weather columns, that would be enough. But this is the column that cares, so we want you to remember that Sunday is the 22nd annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
In Winnipeg, the opening ceremony is set for 8:25 a.m. at Shaw Park. It's Canada's largest single-day, community-driven fundraising event in support of breast cancer research. Look for more details at www.runforthecure.com.
Moms and babies from throughout Manitoba are invited to descend on the rotunda at the legislative building today at 9:30 a.m. to take part in the 2013 Breastfeeding Challenge and hopefully have the highest number of children breastfeeding in one location.
And don't forget to get your flu shot, Winnipeg, but if the doctor comes at you with a rubber glove, remember this medical advice: run like the wind!