Fact of the week

  • Making ice in Yukon

    January 18, 2018

    Yukon highways and public works staff are trying a unusual approach to get ice roads up and operating this winter. Using ice-making equipment that was recently employed in the Northwest Territories, Yukon staff and contractors on Jan. 16 began building a new ice bridge at Dawson — marking the first time the territory government has […]

  • Fear not the polar vortex, it’s just misunderstood

    January 11, 2018

    Reuters – The prospect of a colder-than-normal winter is enough to keep the public on edge, but add a menacing name like “polar vortex” and a simple forecast seems like an omen of the apocalypse. Forecasters warned that cold outbreaks over North America linked to the polar vortex may be more likely than usual this […]


  • What makes a supermoon?

    January 4, 2018

    Supermoon rising in Yosemite

    With the new year only a day old, the Earth was treated to what’s known as a “supermoon” on Jan. 2, 2018. This is created when the orbit of a full moon reaches its closest distance to our planet, resulting in its larger-than-life appearance on the horizon to the naked eye. According to space.com, the […]

  • Early cold benefits icewine harvest

    December 28, 2017

    Wineries in Ontario’s Niagara region are expecting better than typical yields from this winter’s icewine grape harvest. Temperatures in the region dropped below -8 C during the week before Christmas, allowing producers to get at many more of the grapes that were allowed to freeze naturally on the vine for icewine production. According to Jamie […]


  • Can there be ‘perfect’ Christmas weather?

    December 21, 2017

    Christmas lantern light in night on snow

    The last time we looked at the topic of “perfect” Christmas weather, the first half of December saw record-warm temperatures across the Prairies, along with well-below-average snow cover. A couple of years later and we are seeing much the same thing, with record-warm temperatures across the western Prairies along with well-below-average snow cover over much […]

  • Things to consider when blanketing your horse

    December 14, 2017

    Alberta Farmer Express – Most horses are blanketed in the winter according to the personal principles of the owner. However, like any other management practice, blanketing horses has its rightful place and proper use. The decision to blanket the horse comes with advantages and disadvantages. First, it is good to know that nature has provided […]


  • The optimal amount of rainfall for plants

    December 7, 2017

    Irrigation of corn stalks. Green background with falling water drops. The stems of the rain drops. Photo with limited depth of field.

    Oregon State University – Researchers have determined what could be considered a “Goldilocks” climate for rainfall use by plants: not too wet and not too dry. But those landscapes are likely to shrink and become less productive in the future through climate change, said Stephen Good, a hydrologist at Oregon State University and lead author […]

  • Migrating birds winter in Israel in response to climate change

    November 30, 2017

    Israel | Reuters – Climate change is turning Israel into a permanent wintering ground for some of the 500 million migrating birds that used to stop over briefly before flying on to the warm plains of Africa, Israeli experts say. The birds now prefer to stay longer in cooler areas rather than cross into Africa, […]


  • Parched Prairies settle in for frigid winter

    November 23, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – Much of Manitoba may have adequate soil moisture, but the same can’t be said for your colleague to the west. Timely snows will be badly needed this winter to insulate drought-stricken areas of Western Canada from what are expected to be cold temperatures. Multiple areas of southern Saskatchewan are locked in a […]

  • Soil minerals may act as huge carbon sink

    November 16, 2017

    Washington State University – A Washington State University researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than a foot below the surface. The finding could help offset the rising greenhouse-gas emissions helping warm Earth’s climate. Marc Kramer, an assistant professor of environmental chemistry at WSU Vancouver, reports his […]

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