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A last winter warm-up ahead of spring

A last winter warm-up ahead of spring
It was downright summerlike in the southwestern corner of Alberta the last weekend of winter but temperatures will cool for the next week.
It was downright summerlike in the southwestern corner of Alberta the last weekend of winter but temperatures will cool for the next week.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Riley McKenzie of Pincher Creek was out Sunday enjoying the afternoon sunshine and temperatures that reached just over 20 C. Joining him on the walk were 14-year-old Frank, three-year-old Ruby and two-year-old Hank. Starting today it will be quite a bit cooler, with temperatures forecast on the other side of zero.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Riley McKenzie of Pincher Creek was out Sunday enjoying the afternoon sunshine and temperatures that reached just over 20 C. Joining him on the walk were 14-year-old Frank, three-year-old Ruby and two-year-old Hank. Starting today it will be quite a bit cooler, with temperatures forecast on the other side of zero.

A last winter warm-up ahead of spring

By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
March 20, 2024
March 20, 2024

It was downright summerlike in the southwestern corner of Alberta for the last weekend of winter.

In fact, it was one for the history books, with a 119-year-old daily maximum temperature record for Pincher Creek falling by the wayside. Sunday afternoon, the mercury reached 20.1 C, beating the old mark of 17.8 set in 1905. Data for the community has been recorded since 1893.

That same day, the Crowsnest Pass area weather station recorded a high of 16.5 C, up over three degrees from 2007’s 13.4, and Waterton Park’s weather station also broke its 2007 mark of 16.6 C, establishing a new daily high of 17.9.

Brocket’s temperature reached 21.5 C, tying with Fort Macleod, Claresholm and Red Earth, in the northwestern corner of the province, as Alberta’s Sunday hot spot.

March 16 was also a record-setting day as Crowsnest Pass and Waterton beat 2010 highs with readings of 14.7 and 15 C, respectively. Pincher Creek tied its 1972 record of 15.6 C.

 

Ad for Blinds and More in Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass

 

The warmth continued Monday, with all three weather stations reporting record highs. Waterton registered 17.6 C, Pincher Creek 16.7 and Crowsnest Pass 16.3.

Spring officially began Tuesday at 9:06 p.m., and with it comes another weather shift.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Monday predicting cooler temperatures and between 15 and 25 centimetres (six to almost 10 inches) of fresh snow for the Pincher Creek area.

A cold front passing through the province is responsible for the heavy snowfall, which was forecast to begin Tuesday night and last about 48 hours. A snowfall warning is likely and, as usual, precipitation will be highest on the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

With daytime highs below zero, the cold weather will continue into next week.

 

 

Ace of spades card on ad for Chase the Ace at the Pincher Creek Legion

 

It was downright summerlike in the southwestern corner of Alberta for the last weekend of winter.

In fact, it was one for the history books, with a 119-year-old daily maximum temperature record for Pincher Creek falling by the wayside. Sunday afternoon, the mercury reached 20.1 C, beating the old mark of 17.8 set in 1905. Data for the community has been recorded since 1893.

That same day, the Crowsnest Pass area weather station recorded a high of 16.5 C, up over three degrees from 2007’s 13.4, and Waterton Park’s weather station also broke its 2007 mark of 16.6 C, establishing a new daily high of 17.9.

Brocket’s temperature reached 21.5 C, tying with Fort Macleod, Claresholm and Red Earth, in the northwestern corner of the province, as Alberta’s Sunday hot spot.

March 16 was also a record-setting day as Crowsnest Pass and Waterton beat 2010 highs with readings of 14.7 and 15 C, respectively. Pincher Creek tied its 1972 record of 15.6 C.

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

The warmth continued Monday, with all three weather stations reporting record highs. Waterton registered 17.6 C, Pincher Creek 16.7 and Crowsnest Pass 16.3.

Spring officially began Tuesday at 9:06 p.m., and with it comes another weather shift.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Monday predicting cooler temperatures and between 15 and 25 centimetres (six to almost 10 inches) of fresh snow for the Pincher Creek area.

A cold front passing through the province is responsible for the heavy snowfall, which was forecast to begin Tuesday night and last about 48 hours. A snowfall warning is likely and, as usual, precipitation will be highest on the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

With daytime highs below zero, the cold weather will continue into next week.

 

Ad requesting memorabilia from CNP music festival

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

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