The forecast this year is based on spleens from free-range pigs that were raised near Gull Lake SK. from the Cobler’s. We met for the Pig Spleen party at the farm home of Lynette & Del Collier on November 30, 2019. Entertainment was provided by Megan Nash who had just finished performing at the Sk. Music awards with Jay Semko of The Northern Pikes.
The free-range pigs had a lot of fat on them in two bands, which means a colder winter and more than average snow. The webs of fat showed that the temperatures would be very erratic again, with periods of very cold and very warm for the winter.
The majority of the snow will fall in the first half of the winter and then taper off to more average conditions as summer approaches. The spring will be colder than average with very little precipitation. Drastic temperature swings will again be more pronounced as we go from frigid cold to above normal temperatures over short periods of time, during the winter months.
There will likely be some odd rain events in January and February. The end of December was mild and temperatures did not start dipping until early January. Precipitation events and rain will likely occur in later
January and February.
The pig said that January will start off warmer than usual but will quickly dip to below normal temperatures that will be well below normal. This cold will persist until about the 20th when it will get back to above normal temperatures through to the end of the month. Around January 27-29, sleet and freezing rain is in the forecast so when this starts, don’t venture out on the highways because it will be slippery. And this is likely to happen again in mid to late February. Probably on February 13, 14, 15 and again late in the month. February will start off warm but again early in the month, the temperatures will dip to below normal temperatures, with the exception of one or two days that will be exceptionally mild. The mild weather will be very short and temperatures will very quickly return to below normal. Snow in January is predicted on January 1, 11th and on February 2 and February 10 the end of February will bring us a lot of snow.
February will start off a bit warmer than normal but then turn cold early in the month. It will rebound on or about February 11. Of particular note will be precipitation in mid to late February bringing mild temperatures and freezing rain and sleet. The big snow event of the year will be at the end of February or at the start of March.
The end of February or the first part of March should see the biggest snowstorm of the winter. Temperatures in March will still tanned towards cold until about March 20. After March 20 the temperatures will return to more average. Temperatures will rebound around March 20 (-2 to +5 in the daytime ) and will remain near normal through to the end of the month. Snow days will be around March 1(the big one), March 10, April 2, April 20. The end of March will be cold but have relatively low precipitation in the Southwest part of the province. The highly variable temperatures will likely melt most of the snow early. April will start off cooler than normal and gradually warm to average near the end of the month. Expect the weather to be very unsettled with a lot of wind into the month of May.
May will be an average month with little precipitation. The cooler temperatures and the low precipitation will provide a good opportunity for seeding , however, it will likely be pretty dry. The period between the snow being gone and the spring rains coming will be dry and windy so be on watch for spring fires. There will be only intermittent and local rains in this time, until mid-June. Temperatures will remain relatively cool but there will be rain predicted for June 15.
“A snow day is only bad news if you forget to go to the liquor store.”
From Pig Spleen Prognosticator, Jeff Woodward.