Tuesday, March 05, 2013

App Goes Live / Here Comes Spring

Our new "Canadian Prairie Storms (v1)" Blackberry Application is now available in the BlackBerry World web store as of today for FREE! Be sure to download it before summer storm season starts as the price is subject to change, for now it is available for free, supported by the usual Google ads. This first version includes stories posted on this blog as well as "Category" links to YouTube video uploads and photos. This is the first version and will be improved upon as time allows. Feel free to comment, lend suggestions and help test the app in this BETA version stage. It is currently ONLY available to BlackBerry Smartphone, Playbook and Z10 users.


In other news, our big snow storm over the weekend was a big bust for the cities of Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon as the system narrowly missed the major centres.

Video of the snow just beginning to fall in downtown Regina Sunday afternoon.

 Calgary, Swift Current, Medicine Hat and Brandon all got slammed with heavy snowfall. Many highways in Saskatchewan were marked as "Not Recommended  or even closed for a time on Sunday. The Number 1 highway west of Moose Jaw as well as the main highway between Saskatoon and Regina the Number 11 was also closed due to tractor trailers jack knifing and car littering the ditches.

Waiting for the storm that never came...
Snow Covered Highways On Monday
 Remember to always check the Highway Hotline before venturing out onto the highways in winter!

7:10pm Radar Image Sunday, March 3 

 Here in Regina, a twitter storm was started with the tweet:

 ": Nobody should be on highways in S. Sask, anyone who is puts tow truck and fire dept rescue at risk."

After many replies and retweets, I feel it is important to stress that the point of that tweet was to encourage people not to take chances on the roads during a severe winter storm, especially after getting word that tow truck drivers were told not to go on the highway until it cleared up. I didn't mention EMS, paramedics, RCMP, or first responders so as not to clog of their timelines. I know they are all busy and I thank them for what they do.

As for the weather, it seems the heaviest snowfall hit mostly rural areas which is going to increase the risk of spring flooding and that could start as early as this coming weekend. Temperatures are forecast to jump well above freezing with bright sunshine and light winds. All this moisture is going to boil fast so expect a very active spring. This may not be the last of the major snowfall events in March and severe thunderstorms could be only a few weeks (and a lot of melting) away.

Thanks, Stay Safe and Enjoy the Weather!

Jared Mysko

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Storm & Wildlife Photographer.
NON-PROFIT Volunteer Storm Caster
Relay Of Severe Weather Alerts/Reports

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Kayaking, bird watching, fishing and wildlife photography are my summer hobbies when waiting for storms. See my adventures on YouTube!

I build a daily map of storm risk for the Canadian Prairies to accomplish two things. One, translate the complications of the meteorologists into something simple that the public can understand clearly. Two, become a buffer on social media to either raise the alarm and calm the masses depending on the level of hype.

Storm chasing is limited nowadays to a few photo ops by Wascana Lake in Regina or up north at Pratt Lake. Generally, I spend more time tracking storms from home and sharing forecasts and great footage on Twitter which saves on gas and keeps me safe in my studio/bunker.

There are two seasons in my world, storm season and gaming season. April and September separate the two. I play FIFA, Sea Of Thieves and Fortnite with live streams on Twitch.tv/JaredSkStorm Ask me about sports, I am a fan and knowledge base of all things FIFA, Premier League, CFL and NFL (yes its all football). 

Thanks for all the likes, shares, comments and encouragement. Stay safe and enjoy the weather!