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Warmer-than-normal, windy fall is forecast for southern Alberta

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Forecasters hit the nail on the head when they predicted a hotter-than-normal summer for Canada’s western provinces, now it looks like warmer-than-normal conditions will continue as we head in autumn.

Fall officially arrives on September 22nd, however online forecaster AccuWeather is out with its Fall Outlook for Canada as we head into the dying days of summer.

The forecaster says the prairie provinces, especially the southern prairies can expect warmer-than-average temperatures, dry and at times very windy conditions, and below normal precipitation for the months of September, October, and November.

Meteorologist Brett Anderson says La Niña conditions are brewing which will have a big impact on our weather here on the prairies.

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The La Niña phenomenon is the abnormal cooling of the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean near the equator, which can influence the strength and position of the jet stream across North America, Anderson explained. Its influence on the Pacific jet stream plays a crucial role in directing the course and impacts of storms.

An expected influx of storms in Canada’s northern regions may prevent the real cold and snow from dropping into the southern Prairies this fall. That, Anderson says will more than likely keep us on the warmer side of things.

“This type of storm track will also mean a windier and drier-than-normal pattern for much of the southern Prairies, which have been hit hard by drought this spring and summer,” Anderson said.

Over in B.C. where that province has been battling an intense wildfire season, a stormier fall with plenty of rain expected along coastal sections is just what people there need to finally get the situation under control.

Lethbridge is coming off one the warmest and driest summers, June through August, on record. The city has recorded 39 days with the temperature at or above 30 degrees celsius since June 1st and very little rainfall, until recently.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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