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This article was published 28/5/2010 (3728 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Remember last summer, Winnipeg?
Remember the extended periods of drenching rain, which were interrupted by shorter bursts of rain, and then, just when you were soaked to the bone, we were hit with -- say it with me, Winnipeg -- even more rain?
Remember that, Winnipeg? Of course you don't. Neither do I. That's because I've had that part of my brain surgically removed. Unfortunately, along with last summer, I no longer remember Grade 5 math or whether Jacques Cartier was a famous explorer or a defenceman with the Montreal Canadiens back in the 1960s.
But you know what, Winnipeg? It was worth it. That's why it hurts so much to tell you I've just looked at our weekend weather forecast and we're about to be hit with... Summer 2009: The Reunion Tour!
I'm not kidding. If you look at Environment Canada's website, you'll see a bunch of gloomy little cartoon-style clouds leaking rain and lightning well into the middle of next week. On your behalf, I called my good friend Dale Marciski, the weather office's outreach officer for Manitoba, and demanded an explanation.
Dale laid the blame for the excess moisture on a slow-moving low-pressure system from Montana that has moseyed up to the Prairies, along with a bunch of unwanted precipitation.
Dale said we could be looking at 20 to 30 millimetres of rain today and Sunday, with up to 50 millimetres possible in some areas if they get stuck in the middle of a thunderstorm. The clouds and showers should hang around until mid-week, with the sun reappearing on Wednesday.
But don't lose hope. Rain isn't the only thing in the forecast. No, there's below-normal temperatures, too. Today, for example, the daily high will be 21 C, one measly degree below the normal high of 22 C at this time of year. On Monday -- YIKES! -- the high will be only 12 C.
Hold off on the whining, because it could be worse. As Dale put it: "They had snow in Calgary and there's a possibility of snow today and Sunday in parts of eastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan and very cool temperatures, just above freezing."
So, be grateful, Winnipeg. Sure it's going to get a little damp around here, but there's lots of stuff to do to keep our minds off the rain.
For example, today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can immerse yourself in the city's architecture, history and culture by taking part in the seventh annual Doors Open Winnipeg event. If you didn't save the insert from Thursday's paper, just Google "Doors Open Winnipeg" for a list of featured buildings.
You can also get your motor roaring today at 10 a.m. at Canad Inns Stadium at the Motorcycle Ride for Dad fundraiser for prostate cancer research.
Or go out on a limb and check out today's Arbor Day celebration at the Canadian Mennonite University on Shaftesbury Boulevard. Not only will there be tree-climbing rides, but you can view the city's tree canopy from inside an aerial bucket.
And you know if there's rain in the forecast, it has to be time for the annual Teddy Bears' Picnic on Sunday at Assiniboine Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I'll be there with my official B.C. Lions Teddy Bear.
Just as soon as I finish pumping out my basement.
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