While Manitoba hardly compares with US states like Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas for tornadoes, at times southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan do experience them. Pipestone in southwestern Manitoba appears to have been hit by one the other day.
A spring blizzard now being called Winter Storm Walda closed airports and freeways in the Central United States. The storm caused a train to derail, widespread damage and brought normal life to a standstill.
The massive winter storm that closed down Boston and most airports in the US northeast and Toronto has moved on to Atlantic Canada. While not quite as potent, the storm left thousands without power and caused dozens of flight cancellations.
While the U.S. Midwest and South remain at risk from severe weather, state officials are assessing the aftermath and are asking residents who were caught in the midst of the storms to report any damage caused to property.
Eight leading professional organizations in the field of weather and climate today called on the next administration and Congress to better protect the United States from severe weather and climate change.
The roads were treacherous in Natchitoches at the outset by midday Friday, as people hoped to get to the Super Bowl, as many were turned back because of severe weather and difficulty driving conditions.