It was a very wet month in December despite the light dry snow fall in the Foothills.

Around 50 centimetres of snow fell during the holidays and it brought plenty of much needed moisture.

Meteorologist with Environment Canada Dan Kulak says there's also some good news for those having about enough of the deep freeze.

"Generally we are moving from the cold to arctic pattern here, sometimes the polar vortex people call the situation," he says. "We actually do have that circulation moving across the prairies over the next couple of days. As it moves out of the area we have the westerly winds coming back in."

When it comes to total moisture for December 2015, Kulak says the Foothills saw almost double the usual amount.

"We had 20.8 millimetres for December, normal for December is about 10 so roughly twice as much water in the snow so kind of a damp month in the Calgary area."

Kulak says overall over the past two months of 2016 compared to 2015 for the kick off of winter there's been quite the exponential increase.

"Compared to November there was only about 8.1 millimetres and that's about a factor difference of two and half and December of last year about 15 so about 25 percent more than last year."

For the latest weather updates and forecasts visit our weather page.

More Local News

Default Image

Spitzee School Road Work Nearing Completion

The Foothills School Division is flush with projects, nearing an end or just in the concept stage. One of the former is at High River's Spitzee elementary where the work hasn't been on the school…

Turner Valley Voters Get To Grill The Candidates Monday

The first of three candidate forums for those running for office in Turner Valley goes Monday, September 25. They open the doors at the Turner Valley School at 6:30 p.m. with the debate going from 7…

Tsuut’ina Woman Named Stampede Princess

The Calgary Stampede has crowned its 2018 Indian Princess. 21 year old Jingle Dress Dancer from the Tsuu t’ina First Nation, Cieran Starlight. She's attending Alberta College of Art & Design where…

Two Locals In Running For Stampede's Royal Trio

Monday is going to be a big day for six young women. One will be crowned the next Calgary Stampede Queen while two others will be crowned Princesses. Janelle McKenzie from the Millarville area is a…

Teachers Find Innovative Ways To Teach

Three teachers appeared before the Foothills School Board Wednesday presenting projects they've done with the help of Classroom Program Innovation Project, or CPI funding. Joanne Schoneck teaches…

Show & Shine Packs 'Em In

Another big crowd for the 15th Annual River City Classics Show 'N Shine Sunday, September 24, in High River. Over 1,200 classic cars took over the streets of downtown High River starting early Sunday…

A Lot on High River Council's Plate

High River's council meeting this week starts with a public hearing. It was set after a bylaw amendment allowing for a Land Use Bylaw change for the Highlands in Spitzee Crossing, received first…

Waring Looks To Return To Turner Valley Council

Turner Valley Town Councillor John Waring is hoping to retain his seat in October's civic election. He says he's been hearing residents concerns over municipal taxes, but says those running for…

Election Signage Takeover in Okotoks

Campaigns are in full swing for candidates in the civic election. This means signs are spotted throughout Okotoks boasting candidates names. There's just three spots on public land in town where…

(VIDEO) Ride the Ram Finalists Heading to Lacombe

Two Finalists for the new 2017 RAM 1500 Sport Quad Cab 4x4 truck were chosen Friday at the AM 1140 and 99.7 Sun Country Farmer Appreciation Day. 96 farmers came out for a beef on the bun lunch, and a…

Show N Shine Today

The 15th Annual River City Classics Show and Shine is all set for today on the streets of downtown High River. Show Chairman Ted Dawson says they kick things off in George Lane Park with the Lions…

Foothills Students Repairing Little Library After Vandalism

Foothills Students are determined to right a wrong, after a disrespectful act see's someone's hard work thrown into the Sheep River. Earlier this week an unknown individual or individuals took a…

Christ The Redeemer Says Thanks You To Community Partners

Christ the Redeemer School Division took time Friday Sept. 22, to say thank you to its staff and community partners. The Division held an appreciation breakfast inviting employees, community…

Skippers Come Together

It's a pretty sure bet there haven't been a lot of regattas held in High River. But that changes this weekend. Remote controlled boats are making their way around Emerson Lake. The Canadian…

Tuck Takes On The Critics

Turner Valley Mayor Kelly Tuck should be in for a fight in next month's municipal elections. She's finding herself under fire from the Turner Valley Ratepayers Board, who claim under her leadership…

Holladay Says Taxes, Communication & Amalgamation All Election Issues

The amalgamation issue with Black Diamond is a hot topic of discussion heading into next months civic election in Turner Valley. One candidate, Cindy Holladay says it's an issue that's definitely on…

Okotoks RCMP Lay Charges In Fatal Collision

Okotoks RCMP have laid charges against two men in respect to a fatal motor vehicle collision in May. Around 1:00 a.m. on May. 6, Okotoks RCMP responded to the collision on Highway 2A just North of…

Teachers, FSD Agree On Discretionary Funds

When the Provincial Government settled with its teachers they agreed to provide $75 million in discretionary funding and $971,000 of that is coming to the Foothills School Division. Assistant…

Habitat For Humanity To Build Duplex In Okotoks

There will be a few more affordable housing options in Okotoks in the D'Arcy Development. Habitat for Humanity will build a duplex in the new Anthem United development, with construction set to start…

Rowntree Rounding Up Support

"Not an income problem, but a spending problem." That's the campaign focus of former Turner Valley Town Councillor Gary Rowntree, and the reason he's taking a run at the Mayors chair in the October…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

High River Farmers Market

15 June 2017 3:30 pm

4th Avenue, High River





Raise The Woof

06 September 2017 12:00 am - 30 September 2017 6:00 am

Stavely Community Centre





Would you like to Volunteer with your Dog? We need you for our Dog Tales reading program!

12 September 2017 12:00 am - 05 October 2017 6:00 pm

Local Schools/Libraries





O.F.F. Monthly Flick - Blade Runner

27 September 2017 9:00 pm

Okotoks Cinemas, Okotoks





2017 Grass Roots Rodeo Final September 29 - 30!

29 September 2017 7:00 pm - 30 September 2017 7:00 pm

Agrium Western Events Centre--Stampede Park.





Highwood Film Tour

30 September 2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Museum of the Highwood





5th Annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee

30 September 2017 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Wales Theatre, High River





Login