November 22, 2013 12:30 pm
Updated: November 22, 2013 5:50 pm

Environment Canada issues football-style weather statement

Brr. Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brandon Banks catches a pass during a practice, Wednesday Nov. 20, 2013 in Regina.


How many CFL teams can you pick out?

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement that names almost every CFL team in the league. But there is just one team that seems to be missing…can you spot it?

Grey cup Sunday weather outlook

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“The stampede of fans heading to Regina for the 101st grey cup has begun. The cold weather this week came in like a lion, but will be a tabby by Sunday in comparison. There was a cold leadup to the 101st grey cup this week, but by game day the weather will not be giving anyone too rough a ride. For those who argoing to the game Sunday, milder conditions are expected. Daytime highs are currently forecast to be minus 1 by mid afternoon. This is slightly above normal which for this time of year implies a high of minus 4 Celsius. By kick off time however temperatures are expected to be closer to minus 3 falling to minus 7 Celsius or so by the fourth quarter,” the statement read.

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“Winds Sunday will be from the west to northwest and are expected to be light to moderate. Mosaic stadium has a tendency to funnel winds meaning they could be locally higher in the stands. This will result in wind chill values near minus 10 Celsius initially and minus 15 or so towards the end of the game. As the wind chill may b e a factor, a warm bomber jacket or eskimo attire would seem a good idea. Sunny skies will begin the day and skies will remain clear with no real hint of precipitation. Considering how cold it could be, most should be happy as an alouette (lark) come Sunday.”

There is, of course, the possibility that “tabby” is referring to the missing team.

Regina has been experiencing below-average temperatures this week. Friday’s high will be a chilly -23 C…not something the Hamilton Tiger Cats are probably used to.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are a daytime high of -4 C and a low of -14 C.

Fortunately for football players and fans, the weather is set to warm up to -3 by Sunday.

UPDATE: Environment Canada has updated their special weather statement:

“The weather has held Regina in its icy grip for much of grey cup week. This morning the temperatures sit at minus 27 Celsius with a wind chill of minus 37. With cold conditions like this in rider nation, its been quick to freeze the paws of tiger cats and lions and turn watermelons into rocks. Though Sunday will be mild by comparison, it will not trick the alouette to burst out in spring song.

The stampede of milder air for grey cup Sunday is still looking promising with clear skies and no sign of precipitation. There may however be a bit of a wind chill factor. Mosaic stadium is known to funnel the winds and with game time temperatures around minus 3 or 4 Celsius, wind chill values will be near minus 10.

For those who argo’ing to the game Sunday, appropriate dress would be advised. Don that bomber jacket so as not to turn true blue, or pack that eskimo parka to keep toasty.

The day time forecast high for Sunday is minus 2 Celsius. With sunset near kickoff, the temperature will likely fall slowly as the game progresses. By the 4th quarter, temperatures will be closer to minus 6 Celsius and the wind chill closer to minus 13.”


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