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This article was published 30/5/2014 (1149 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A series of three storms blew through Westman yesterday, leaving more than 30 mm of rain behind in some places, as well as knocking branches off of trees and knocking out the power in some areas.

Environment Canada says that Brandon hit a high temperature of 33.2ºC at around 5 p.m., with humidity pushing the Humidex up to 37 at that hour.

The setting sun makes a storm system glow as it rolls across the prairies west of Brandon on Thursday evening. A series of three storms on Thursday dropped more than 30 mm of rain on parts of Westman.

The setting sun makes a storm system glow as it rolls across the prairies west of Brandon on Thursday evening. A series of three storms on Thursday dropped more than 30 mm of rain on parts of Westman.

That was just a couple of degrees away from setting a record. The hottest May 29 on record for Brandon was in 1988; temperatures that year hit 35.2ºC at the airport, and a full 36ºC in the city.

Carberry and Melita each set hot-weather records yesterday, though. Carberry hit 32.4ºC, smashing by more than four degrees the old record of 28.3ºC for May 29, 1995. And Melita topped out at 32.5ºC, just a half-degree warmer than the 32ºC recorded on May 29, 2003. Wasagaming tied their record of 30.5ºC, set in 1986.

Carman and Morden tied as the hot spot of Canada on Thursday, just nudging past Brandon to hit 33.4ºC.

But with the heat and humidity came the storms — three total, with plenty of thunder and lightning that blew through Brandon at around 9 a.m., at around 8 p.m. and again at around 10 p.m.

In total, 35.6 mm of rain fell in Brandon during the storms. Weather stations operated by the provincial agriculture department  make that one of the higher provincial totals. Melita got 39.7 mm, Forrest recorded 34 mm and Souris received 29.2 mm.

Further north, Swan Valley got a dump of 51 or 53 mm, as measured at two separate stations — enough to close Highway 10 due to flooding over the road and upend a culvert along Highway 83 (see tweets from the area, below).

Brief periods of stiff winds were recorded as well, as the storms gusted through. Several branches and trees were blown over, and power was out for a time in some portions of Brandon.

The maximum wind gust was reocrded as 74 km/h in Brandon. Elsewhere in Westman, Deloraine and Wawanesa hit 79 km/h, and Forrest hit 80 km/h.

Boissevain and Killarney had a maximum wind gust of around 70. A gust recorded at an eye-popping 235 km/h in Souris was an artifact of the station, and not indicative of an actual gust, according to a provincial agriculture meteorologist, who said he has been bedeviled by anomalous readings at the Souris station before.

 

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