There are 10 major cloud types, and they are categorized by their height, how they are formed, whether or not they can produce rain or storms, and several other factors.

This is a Stratocumulus cloud, taken in Enchant, AB in July, 2002.

For a great resource to help identify the clouds, visit Environment Canada’s Skywatchers Guide to Cloud Identification.

Clouds Enchant AB

We have various types of equipment here to assess and forecast the weather.  Here’s one of the latest pieces of equipment we have added.  It sure works great!  Accurate too – See!! I’m not too sure if this is just the same method used by other forecasters, farmers or even the governments – but I figured one more way to measure the weather – why not!

A big thanks to M & J for the Forecasting Stone 🙂

Forecast stone

Want to know how far away a storm is?  After you see a flash of lightning, start counting the seconds until you hear thunder.  (Remember to count a full second… One Mississippi, Two Mississippi etc.).  Divide that number by 5 to get how many miles away the storm is.

For more very cool facts about all things weather, check out Weather Wiz Kids, a great educational website!

Always remember, if you can hear thunder you are in danger of being caught in the storm and struck by lightning, so get to safety!!

Lethbridge lightning strike
Hoar frost forms on cold, clear nights when moisture in the air reaches the freezing point.  The subsequent ice crystals are then deposited on objects such as tree branches, blades of grass, and even spider webs.  Nothing beats waking on a crisp winter morning to find all the trees covered in a thick layer of hoar frost.  It is one of the most majestic winter sights to see!
Hoar frost

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered why that one star is moving so fast across the sky? Actually, that’s not a star at all! It’s most likely a satellite, one of hundreds orbiting the Earth that are visible to the naked eye.  Plenty of satellites fly over us regularly, with the biggest and brightest being the International Space Station (ISS).  ISS is also one of the fastest moving, and because of it’s speed it orbits the Earth every 90 minutes! The ISS is also the brightest man-made object in the sky, sometimes shining even brighter than the planet Venus.

To see which satellites will be visible in the night sky tonight, check the Satellite FlyBy Schedule here!

We were recently featured in a great article by the Lethbridge Herald.  A huge thank you to J.W. Schnarr for the interview and for writing the article!