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A "Chinook arch" was widely photographed across Alberta on Monday as temperatures peaked in the mid to high 20s, even record breaking for some.

Stunning Chinook arch widely photographed across Alberta


Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 8:10 PM - A "Chinook arch" was widely photographed across Alberta on Monday as temperatures peaked in the mid to high 20s, even record breaking for some. 


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The warming Chinook winds that descended over the mountain ranges helped to create a band of stationary stratus clouds, which also resulted in a stunning sunset for some Albertans.

"Chinook winds are those down sloping winds and when sinking air goes down to the mountain, that suppresses the cloud and you get this arch and line of beautiful clouds," explains The Weather Network's Chris Murphy. "They can look kind of ominous if you're not familiar with Chinook winds, but they rarely produce any rain or snow."

"[A] big story for the western Prairies in the long range will be a system developing stateside, which will bring in an unsettled weekend and unseasonably cool pattern for B.C. and Alberta with single digit daytime highs," says Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg. "Snowfall is expected in northern Alberta over the weekend with the potential for a rain/snow mix to kick off the week in some major cities including Edmonton next week."

Before we see more signs of snow, here's a closer look at Monday's stunning Chinook arch:

Well isn't this lovely! #shareyourweather #albertalife #airdrie #weathernetwork #weather #sunset #clouds

A photo posted by Marni Koelln (@artbymarni) on

Awwww Alberta, how I ❤ thee #albertalife #rockymountains #shareyourweather #weathernetwork

A photo posted by Marni Koelln (@artbymarni) on

Joe Price - Okotoks, Alberta

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