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Dead Wild Roses: Snow Seasonal Things Considered: Clean Sidewalks

I know what you’re thinking. “Fascinating subject Arb, do tell us more!”

Okay, perhaps not as gripping the other newsy bits we we have around here but none the less a subject that shouldn’t be casually swept aside. Living in Alberta means that for three to five months of the year, snow will be on the ground. The lovely first fall of snow marks the official end of mosquito season and the transition to having ‘exposed flesh stick uncomfortably to metal season’. Some might balk at all the freezing rain, sleet and snow – but (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s So Hot Out That…

It's so hot out you can't even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about "Where's Global Warming?"…— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) August 14, 2014

Yes, it’s so hot out you can’t even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about “Where’s Global Warming?”… you know, because when it’s -30 you hear the ignorant phone into radio shows and ask if the globe is warming, why is it so cold in Canada in Winter?

It’s over 30 degrees in Regina today, there was a heat warning from Environment Canada.

350 or bust: 2014: Hottest Three Months On Record, Ever

The hottest 3 months ever recorded. 2014 is on track to break a lot of records, in a bad way. * * Earth Just Finished Its Warmest Quarter-Year Ever

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: +11 Wedding

Three large tents in the backyard and a propane heater saved the day. Real rain stayed away too.

Trashy's World: Stuff that can influence voter turnout

(1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lying Leona Gets Out The Muzzle

I wonder when this medieval government in Ottawa will get out the real muzzles? Lying Leona will throw away the keys.

ParliamANT Hill: CanadiAnt economy’s surprise weak start to 2014 blamed on bad winter

Inspired by these headlines:

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Cold

It’s cold tonight. It will be an actual -40 by morning, for the first time in a long while. The wind chill will be brutal.

Things Are Good: The Bizarre Weather of 2014 Explained Using GIFs

BuzzFeed, of all places, as a great and simple way that explains why the weather of 2014 has been so extreme. In North America it has been more cold than the new “normal,” the UK has been hit hard by flooding, and in the South Pacific there has been above average rainfall. Crazy people think this is evidence that global warming (AKA climate change) isn’t happening. Those people clearly don’t live in reality. This awful weather is a result of something that’s been predicted for quite some time: the loss of power in the jet stream.

Why is this good (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, so don’t let these photos fool you. Every city has a few shiners here and there. “There”, in this case, is downtown. This is the Holiday Inn Supermax Prison. Don’t worry, it only looks like a prison from the outside. You can leave, unlike the more picturesque Hotel California.

Here’s one of the more beautiful parkades with a cell phone tower behind it.

It’s January, and the snow has retreated into puddles due to the unseasonal temperatures, but the gang activity hasn’t retreated.

The people of Saskatoon are friendly, and will accommodate you whether you’re (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Future Proof: Ice Storms

Last year Shane vlogged about ice storms. Let’s not wait until a big storm hits Saskatchewan before we future proof our homes being built today.

You can check out Shane’s website, and buy his book.

If I had $20,000 to spend on a “depreciating liability” (a car), or $20,000 to spend on renewable energy for my home, which would be more useful during an ice storm or other time of emergency? Arguably a car could be useful to remove myself from the place of emergency, but if there’s no enough gas, or electricity to pump the gas, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Alberta Weather – Gloomy with a Side of Cold

Seeing that yellowish burning orb in the sky would be a nice change of pace right about now.

Lovely UofA Campus, featuring the roof of SUB and the Education Building in the distance.

Filed under: Canada Tagged: Alberta, Gloom, UofA, Weather

LeDaro: Weather and lightning strike

Weather has been erratic around the globe and has caused a lot of damage.

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES: The Greater Naples, Fla., YMCA was left Monday with fire, smoke and water damage after a suspected lightning strike at the facility caused about $2 million in damage. (David Albers/Naples Daily News/Associated Press.) WSJ

LeDaro: Rain and Floods – International Dilemma

The southeastern U.S  has had unusual floods this year. Too much rain and floods have also hit other parts of the world. Here is a picture of floods in Sudan.

MAKING DO: A woman collected water from the ground Sunday in Khartoum, Sudan, after a flood hit the area. (Abd Raouf/Associated Press) WSJ.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Go To Wood Mountain #exploresask

The Wood Mountain Folk Festival is today, Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, at the Mergel Ranch. On Friday I drove down from Regina in my $50 rental car (for 3 days, from Enterprise). It’s getting 5.7L/100km highway driving in ECO mode. 2013 Elantra, Hyundai. I successfully passed a semi along the way in the hills.

Is this a finger? Not photoshopped.

I looked through Limerick’s centennial garden.

If this wasn’t so far away, I’d take many more photos on this hill at Lakenheath.

Here’s a bell I hadn’t seen before, and the Melaval, Sask. inscription surprised me!

It hailed in (Read more…)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paul McCartney Rocks Regina

*Goosebumps* I got goosebumps up the back of my head when he played Hey Jude.


A music legend played in the Queen City for the first time, and seemed to love it. The crowd sure did. What perfect weather, and a perfect night! A quick cheering poll identified most of the stadium’s audience as being from outside of Regina.

His Out There tour wrapped up.

My cell phone has pitiful audio quality, but my good camera has much better sound and some clips will be on YouTube soon.


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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Meteor and Aurora

This is my new best meteor photo, and it came with some faint aurora (northern lights) at the bottom of the frame too!

CFI had a star party for watching the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night. There should be more meteors tonight too, so head outside and look up for a few minutes and you’ll probably catch one or a few.

The group of us saw at least 2 impressive fireballs at different times. We saw the ISS make two passes overhead, and a smattering of other satellites. Some people saw an Iridium flare from a satellite. And the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Indian Head #sask Concert

I ended up at a house concert in Indian Head. It’s interesting where life takes you when you don’t plan your day.

Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are on their way down to southern California and across the USA touring very soon.

Part 2 More may be coming later if Brien remembers to find time to upload when he’s back in Toon town.

The home is among the oldest buildings in the province, having once served as a hospital.

Earlier in the day, on our way to pick raspberries, the clouds were not co-operating. The mosquitoes made up pay for (Read more…)

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LeDaro: Weather in Maritimes

It looks that mother nature is very angry. Few days ago we had a lot of thunder and rain storm. It is still cloudy and rains a lot. Some communities near the Bay of Fundy were flooded. It looks like another symptom of Global Warming.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #SKstorm Pounds Regina Quickly

Yikes!! MT @Skstormchaser: #skstorm backside of storm heading S.E. towards REGINA #YQR— Tiffany Lizée (@TiffanyGlobal) July 24, 2013

A surprise thunderstorm approached me as I biked north on Rose St., thinking of going under the tracks to check out the remains of Big Sky Cycles after their shop burned up inside. From 12th Ave. I saw that a storm was over the Casino in the distance. By the time I got to Sask Dr. it was apparent I was going to get soaked if I continued. I started shooting photos and took cover (Read more…)

PostArctica: The Great Arctic Flush

The Great Arctic Flush

By Paul Beckwith

A massive cyclone is forecast to develop in the Arctic, as shown on the image below, from the Naval Research Laboratory.

Within 2 weeks the Arctic Ocean will be completely transformed. The cyclone that appears 6 days out on both the US and European ten day forecasts will massacre the sea ice in what I call “The Great Arctic flush”.

The image below is a forecast for speed and drift on July 27, 2013. More images, including animations, on Arctic sea ice can be viewed at Last August, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Nifty Cloud over our Neighborhood

Since there was hail coming out of it, this can be assumed to be a shelf cloud, not a wall cloud, which would have been found in the rain-free part of the cloud. Apparently I didn’t need to get quite as excited as I did.

Filed under: Science Tagged: Alberta Weather, Weather

cmkl: Quit with the radical weather watches

I hope I live to be proven right but we’ve been under various radical weather warnings for the last two weeks and none of it has actually ever transpired. Today’s Tornado watch issued for Ottawa takes the cake. Yesterday I ignored the weather watch dire thunderstorm possible hail and all manner of climatic hell watch [...]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dark Sky Preserve at Wood Mountain

I found a new way to appreciate my home town through the eyes of astronomers this weekend. Also, I used the astronomers’ telescopes, which is a great way to look from their perspective on the universe. Wood Mountain is the gateway to the East Block of the Grasslands National Park which is designated as a Dark Sky Preserve. The Park and the RASC Regina branch had Peter McMahon from SkyNews Magazine come out to check out the park and give a presentation.

As the presentation ended, uncommon noctilucent clouds lit up on the northern horizon, illuminated by the set Sun.

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Alberta Diary: Today’s weather: blue skies, seasonally adjusted temperature of Fahrenheit 78, not 451

You can’t trust anything you read on a website that is not coloured blue. This is important to remember. If you accidentally open a website that is not blue, turn your computer off immediately and dial 1-800-TORYBLU. Technicians like these will come to your house and help you reset it. Anyway, it shouldn’t take a weatherman to tell you which way the wind is blowing…

And now the weather forecast from Environm… I mean from the Harper Government of Canada…

Good mooooorning Edmonton!

It’s going to be another beautiful day today – and I mean beautiful – with clear, Tory-blue (Read more…) and beautiful warm temperatures.

Pack up your winter coats, people! Just put ’em away! Because just like yesterday and the day before and the day before that, the seasonally adjusted temperature is a beautiful 78 degrees Fahrenheit!

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