Calgary is having an interesting winter season this year. Some existing weather records were topped or nearly so on Tuesday as warm winds attacked the piles of snow lining the streets and yards. High, soft and white rapidly changed to condensed, wet and slushy. On January 15th the thermometer topped out at 8 C, short of the record 13.3 C seen back in 1965. At Canada’s Olympic Park, thermometers also showed that 8 C reading. That temperature was much closer to the record of 9.1 C set back in 2004.
Records were set at Cold Lake, Edmonton City Centre Airport and Edmonton International Airport according to Bill McMurtry, meteorologist with Environment Canada. Whitecourt, Sunde, Rocky Mountain House, Lacomebe, Drumheller and Coronation were also close to their respective record temps. The warm up was caused by westerly winds brought in by a low pressure system throughout the province. Southwest Alberta saw wind gusts of up to 100 km/h in some areas, which prompted a wind warning from Environment Canada. McMurtry expects the winds to continue, particularly to the west and southwest of Calgary. They will continue to usher in the warm temperatures. By Friday the temperatures are expected to drop by roughly 10 to 15 degrees, bringing back more seasonal weather to the region. The weak cold front may bring snow by Saturday morning.
Shaun Colbrait — Real Estate In Calgary