A series of three storms blew through Westman Thursday, dumping more than 30 millimetres of rain in some places as well as knocking branches off trees and knocking out power in some areas.
Environment Canada says Brandon hit a high temperature of 33.2 C around 5 p.m., with humidity pushing the humidex up to 37 C at that hour.
That was just a couple of degrees away from setting a record. The hottest May 29 on record for Brandon was in 1988 when temperatures hit
35.2 C at the airport and a full 36 C in the city.
Carberry and Melita each set hot-weather records Thursday, though.
Carberry hit 32.4 C, smashing by more than four degrees the old record of 28.3 C for May 29, 1995. And Melita topped out at 32.5 C, just a half-degree warmer than the 32 C recorded on May 29, 2003. Wasagaming tied its record of 30.5 C, set in 1986.
Carman and Morden tied as the hot spot of Canada on Thursday, nudging past Brandon to hit 33.4 C.
But with the heat and humidity came the storms — three in total, with plenty of thunder and lightning that blew through Brandon at around
9 a.m., around 8 p.m. and again 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
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.
Brief periods of stiff winds were also recorded 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 recorded in Brandon was 74 km/h.
Elsewhere in Westman, Deloraine and Wawanesa hit 79 km/h, Forrest hit 80 km/h while Boissevain and Killarney had a maximum wind gust of around 70/h.
A gust recorded at an eye-popping 235 km/h in Souris was peculiar to the station, and not indicative of an actual gust, according to a provincial agriculture meteorologist, who said he has been bedevilled by anomalous readings at the Souris station before.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 31, 2014