After a very long, cold winter, the snow has finally melted away from back yards, but even if you are itching to start a garden it’s better to plan rather than actually plant right now.
Lucille and Alain Bouvier own Plant Ranch in Regina but they don't even open until May 1. The couple grow their plants in a greenhouse and are expecting their first batch to arrive next week.
"We want customers to be happy with their plants and if they plant them now, they're not going to be happy with the result," said Lucille Bouvier.
In a 180 degree turn from the sunny sky and 20 C of Tuesday, Wednesday started out gloomy and overcast.
If Environment Canada is right, conditions won't be getting any better. High winds and rain are on the menu for Wednesday, with Regina expected to see 2.5 cm (one inch) during the day and another 0.5 to one centimeter overnight.
Meteorologist Natalie Hasell explained that we're lucky it's just going to be rain.
After a brutal winter, people in Regina are jumping at the chance to get outside. The weather on Tuesday made that not only easy for people, but their dogs too, as temperatures reached 20 degrees for the first time in 2014.
As the afternoon went on, dogs of all sizes started showing up, filling the dog park just off 13th Avenue.
"(I) just took Shiloh out for a little romp in the park. It's a little windy but it's beautiful weather," said Ryan Campion.
To mark Earth Day this year, researchers at the University of Regina are highlighting how people on the prairies can adapt to climate change.
Dr. Dave Sauchyn is co-director of the Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the Americas project (VACEA). The $2.5 million research project compares how rural communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta and South American countries are coping with extreme weather patterns. It is one of five federally funded climate change projects in the country and the only one based in western Canada.
The cool and wet start to April in Saskatchewan has delayed seeding for at least a week and probably more if the forecast holds.
Brent Flaten is with Saskatchewan Agriculture, he points out producers are pretty used to delays due to the weather. In perfect conditions farmers in southwest Saskatchewan can sometimes start seeding in the last week of April, while other areas aren’t normally ready until the middle of May.
“We’re playing the wait and see game same as everybody else with the weather,” Flaten commented.
After a brutally cold winter, golfers anxious to get out on the course won’t have to wait much longer.
Final preparations on courses around Regina are happening over the next few days, including at the Royal Regina Golf Club. General Manager Archie Cameron said tarps are coming off the greens and debris is being picked up off fairways. By Wednesday the driving range there will be open and Cameron guessed the full 18 holes at the course will be open on Friday.
“We’re a month ahead of schedule compared to last year,” he explained.
It’s the first 24-hour period in over six months the temperature will not drop below freezing in Saskatchewan.
However you may want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts because snow is in the forecast for later this week.
“Thursday temperatures will drop to where you might get 12 degrees below normal and all the white stuff. It won’t be cherry blossoms that you are seeing, it will be the white stuff,” David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada said on John Gormley Live.
The launch of a weather balloon in Regina on Saturday was an example not only of what a group of people can do when they put their minds together, but the scientific process as a whole.
The project began almost as a dare by Professor David Gerhard who teaches a computer science class at the University of Regina.
“I teach a course on building interactive gadgets,” he said. “I issued a challenge at the beginning of the course, saying ‘It’d be great to see somebody send up a balloon.’ I didn’t think anybody would do it.”
It was almost a typical Saskatchewan scene on Friday night after a Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) bus got stuck on a snowy, icy highway near Canora.
The bus was heading east from Saskatoon on Highway 5. By about 9:45 p.m. it was only a few kilometres outside of Canora when it hit a patch of ice on a curve.
“The driver was travelling at low speeds going around a curve,” said STC chief operating officer Dean Madsen. “Simply, what happened was the back end of the bus was sliding into the ditch and got stuck there.”
A snow storm that tracked through Central Saskatchewan on Friday made for some treacherous driving conditions throughout the province, even causing an STC bus to skid off the road near Canora.
RCMP in Canora reported late Friday evening that a bus had skidded sideways on Highway 5 just west of Canora, blocking both lanes of traffic. They worked for hours to move the bus, but traffic was shut down for a number of hours before they could clear the highway.