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If your basement didn't flood during Thursday night's torrential downpour, don't worry.

There's enough rain in the forecast over the next few days to give everyone's sump pump a workout that would turn Noah green with envy.

The Weather Columnist personally got a lesson in Winnipeg's geography Thursday night, driving around for a few hours during the storm, seeking a safe route home that did not involve turning our car into a submarine while navigating a flooded underpass.

Would you like to know what's even more fun than a flooded basement or a car that does not want to become a boat? Having a big, blue bucket of ice water dumped over your head first thing in the morning, that's what!

I am referring here to the much-hyped Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research, which I was persuaded to take part in Friday morning.

If you have been in a coma for the past month, I am referring here to the social- media phenomenon that has raised millions of dollars for the fight against a deadly degenerative disorder most commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The icy dare -- taken by everyone from Oprah to Sidney Crosby -- involves people dumping (or having someone else dump) a bucket of ice and water over their heads, filming it, then donating cash to ALS and challenging other folks to undertake the chilly chore.

So there I was Friday morning, under overcast skies on the patio of the Free Press News Café, with my belly protruding from my skin-tight Hawaiian shirt as I dumped a large plastic bucket of ice and water on top of my noggin in full view of patrons trying to enjoy breakfast.

I agreed to become a human glacier because Free Press videographer Melissa Tait felt it would make a hilarious instalment of our bi-weekly weather video.

"You looked very cold, and wet," is what Melissa chirped as I stood dripping and shivering inside the café. "I thought it was pretty funny."

You can laugh at me getting drenched -- and see the moment my heart stopped -- by using the Blippar app to scan this page with your mobile device, or by visiting

I want to stress here that, as soon as I got back to my computer, I went online and donated a chunk of cash to ALS Canada, which you can do by visiting As for what the challenge felt like, in a word I would say: Cold... and yet somehow life-affirming. Sorry, that was six words.

Speaking of the weather, if you look at Environment Canada's website you will see little cartoon-style clouds leaking cartoon-style rain every day right through Monday. The sun should start to peek out from behind the clouds Tuesday, so hang in there, kids.

According to the weather office, we're looking at a risk of a thunderstorm this evening, with a daily high of just 19 C, five full degrees below the normal high of 24 C at this time of year. On what looks to be a moist Sunday, the high should creep back to 22 C.

When you're not keeping tabs on your sump pumps and your weeping tiles, there's a lot of fun stuff to keep your spirits dry while your body is being turned into a human sponge.

For starters, the annual Bannatyne Carnaval Street Festival -- between Main Street and Waterfront Drive -- will bring a taste of Brazil to the East Exchange today, with Latin music, Salsa dancing and sizzling, drool-inducing barbecued treats.

Need more things to make your mouth water? Then hop in the car and head out to Morden for the annual Corn and Apple Festival, featuring what the Weather Columnist believes to be the most delicious (and free) hot-buttered corn on the cob available anywhere in the world. Also, there's free apple cider and a show and shine featuring classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles.

If you have any energy left, shake, rattle and roll down to Garden City Community Club today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the annual Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, featuring awesome food and entertainment.

We should also mention that fictional children's TV characters Thomas the Tank Engine and his pal, Sir Topham Hatt, will be riding the Prairie Dog Central Railway -- north of Inkster Boulevard between Route 90 and Sturgeon Rd. -- this weekend. Tickets at

Regardless of the rain, you might want to chill out with a few cold beverages on a local patio. You won't need any ice, unless you feel up for a challenge, of course.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2014 A15

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