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Dome concepts for Winnipeg   Leave a comment


As the beautiful summer Winnipeg experienced in 2016 fades away, the citizens realize the dark, cold, windy, snow covered hell frozen over reality  of the impending winter will be here soon.


Winters in Winnipeg are usually long and dry with occasional blasts of bitterly cold weather from the northwest.  Out of Canada’s 100 largest cities, Winnipeg’s winter is the tenth coldest with an average low of −20.2 °C (−4.4 °F). The snow cover season lasts 132 days; usually from November till March, sometimes earlier or later. From December through February the maximum daily temperature exceeds 0 °C (32 °F), on average, for only 10 days and the minimum daily temperature falls below −20 °C (−4 °F) on 49 days. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Winnipeg was −47.8 °C (−54 °F), on 24 December 1879 and the coldest since then was −45 °C (−49 °F) on 18 February 1966. Within the past ten years, the temperature has dipped below −40.0 °C (−40 °F) once on 5 February 2007 as well as both 29 and 30 January 2004. On 1 February 1996 the temperature was −41.8 °C (−43.2 °F) however, the wind chill was -57.1, making this the coldest windchill in the city’s history.

But let us think ahead. If the funding and technology could coalesce, what about a dome, or domes for the city?  That way the citizens could sit outside on their decks, mow the lawn and never have to plug in the car year round. The city’s snow removal budget would be non-existent, that extra revenue could be applied to the dome payments. Outdoor swimming pools could stay open all the time, drive-in restaurants could sell ice cream for 12 months and cyclists could inflame the tempers of drivers all bloody year!  It would be sensational!

If the city, provincial and federal governments could each provide 10 billion dollars, and the elite prosperous entrepreneurs combined with the business oligarchs of Winnipeg provide another 10 billion, voila, the project rockets skyward. Lets do it!

Downtown Winnipeg in January


Notice a second dome in the background protecting St. Boniface

The Osborne Village area during a polar vortex in February


Sensational! Go canoeing on the Assiniboine River while a Siberian Polar Front invades western Canada, and Edmontonians are freezing their backsides, ha!

The Golden Boy atop the Legislative building would not have to endure blistering ice pellets that rain down from the frozen ionosphere.



What seems like unattainable dreams can come true, we just have to believe and stay with the dream.  Persist, never say die! The dream also needs a gold mine to be discovered underneath downtown Winnipeg.




Posted December 21, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg winterland   1 comment






Some type of wind race?







Posted March 7, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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March in Winnipeg, in like a Lion, Hopefully out like a Lamb   Leave a comment



Posted March 5, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Feel Good Story from the 2016 Mega-Blizzard   Leave a comment


US blizzard 2016: Family saves freezing piglet from snow



Perry Smith and his 13-year-old son retrieved the icy piglet from the side of the road


A family have won praise after rescuing a piglet stuck in snow and ice during the massive blizzard in the eastern US.

Perry Smith pulled the frozen pig out of mounting piles of snow after spotting him on the side of the road.  After checking whether it belonged to local residents, the family took the animal back to their hotel at a ski resort in the state of Maryland.

It appears they successfully nursed him back to health by wrapping him up warm and feeding him bananas and cereal.

The huge snowstorm in the US has paralysed roads and services since Friday, with at least 29 deaths reported.

In the freezing conditions, the family had no choice but to take the pig in, Mr Perry was quoted as saying.  “He would have died,” he told the Washington Post. “He would have lasted maybe another 30 minutes to an hour.”



Mr Smith posted updates on the rescue operation on Twitter


The Smiths’ children, Perry John and Catherine, spent much of that night caring for the pig – which they named Wee Wee – in the hotel bathtub.

“Wee Wee is thriving,” their mother Elisabeth Smith posted on Facebook, alongside video of the animal feeding.

The family took him to their home in Washington, and have since found a place for him at a local animal sanctuary.

“Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary will be taking little Wee Wee – the pig rescued from the storm – as soon as the roads are clear enough for the family to get here,” a spokesman for the sanctuary said.

“We also received 3ft (90cm) of snow in the storm and the County has not yet ploughed our roads, making them impassable.

“We are hoping to get the little piglet tomorrow, Tuesday, roads permitting.”





Perry John, Elisabeth and Catherine Smith wrapped Wee Wee up warm for journey to their home in Washington


Posted January 25, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Snow Arrives in Southern Manitoba   Leave a comment

The infamous Colorado Low descends.











Posted December 16, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Canadian Weather Chart   Leave a comment



It was so cold… roosters were rushing into Kentucky Fried Chicken and begging to use the pressure cooker!

It was so cold… the travel agency was advertising tropical vacations in Igloolik!

It was so cold… Grandpa’s teeth were chattering – in the glass!

It was so cold… kids stopped worrying about acne. The new problem – goosepimples!

It was so cold… words froze in the air. If you wanted to hear what someone said, you had to grab a handful of sentences and take them in by the fire!

It was so cold… the snowman knocked on the door and asked to sleep on the couch!


Posted December 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Different weather at Portage and Main in Winnipeg   Leave a comment




downtown 22

downtown dec 1


Fog moving in today

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Fog moves out

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Posted December 2, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Oh How the Environment Changes so Fast in these Northern Climes.   Leave a comment

Library Park in Downtown Winnipeg


nov 24

Just a few months ago



nov 24 2015


Posted November 24, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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It’s Here!   Leave a comment

It’s here, the winter monster that is. It took until November 19th this year, but the damn thing arrived. People in Manitoba will have to take it in stride and bear it, nothing we can do.


Today, downtown Winnipeg.


Posted November 19, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Sydney weather Man says Winnipeg in path of Major winter storm   1 comment

Crank up the furnace and get your shovels ready!



Posted November 17, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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