Wild Weather Wednesday

Today’s Forecast

Good morning and happy Wednesday! I hope everyone has had a great week so far and managed to stay warm! Things tend to warm up a little over the next couple of days, but this does bring rain with it. Today will be nice and sunny with a high of 53°F and a low of 34°F. Tomorrow remains mostly sunny with a high of 59°F and chances for showers moving into the overnight/Friday morning hours. As showers linger around, Friday continues to stay rainy and breezy with highs in the low 60s and lows in the upper 40s.

Recent Wild Weather

In southwestern Canada in a little village called Alix, a beautiful phenomenon occurred yesterday. What looks like a fancy photography trick is actually a pretty awesome light show being put on by Mother Nature. What you can see in the image below is what is referred to as, “light pillars”. Light pillars form when lights on the Earth’s surface reflect off of six-sided ice crystals found in the frozen clouds. These clouds then begin to reflect light in the same way that mirrors do and reflect shining light from the ground or other sources, such as streetlights, to create a beam of light between the Earth and sky. This occurrence is very similar to what you see when you see a sun or moon halo. These are all formed due to ice crystals being present in the clouds.

Wild Weather this Day in History

On November 29, 1896 the mercury plunged to 51 degrees below zero in Havre, Montana. It marked the culmination of a two-week long cold-wave. During the month of November temperatures across Montana and the Dakotas average around 20 degrees below normal. The average temperature for the month of November was 9.7 degrees, or 19.6 degrees below normal. We are set to have our first El Niño winter since 2018-19 which will take center stage for the 2023-2024 winter season.

I hope everyone has an amazing rest of the week and can continue to stay warm!

Sources: https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/light-pillars-alberta-canada https://www.weather.gov/abr/This_Day_in_Weather_History_Nov_29

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