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When the calendar flipped to October, Steinbach's Storm Ready program officially ended for another year.

Emergency Coordinator Denis Vassart says this year's Storm Ready season ran from April 29 to September 30. He says it was a busy year and many new records were set.

In 2015, there were 36 days that his team watched the radar and 22 days where they watched the sky. Those are both new marks for the five year old program. By comparison, last year saw 30 days that his team watched the radar and 16 days of watching the sky. This year there were 82.5 hours spent watching radar and 99.5 hours spent watching the sky.

As for the busiest week for the storm spotters, that happened to be the week of July 22-29. That week saw 29 hours of radar watching and 37 hours spent watching the sky. That week featured a 65mm evening downpour in Steinbach and also had a tornado touch down in southwestern Manitoba.

Already a busier than normal summer, Vassart says it could have been even worse. However, one of the trends this year is that a lot of the severe weather happened after sunset. Vassart notes on days like that there is no sense sending out storm spotters as they can't see what's going on anyway.

Vassart explains the Storm Ready program is an important part of emergency preparedness. He notes that is one way of getting local weather information, such as a tornado spotting and relay it to local residents. Vassart says the launch of Steinbach Alert Now will only enhance that.

This year's Storm Ready team had 24 members, broken into four teams. Vassart says that is a pretty standard number and he welcomes others to sign up.

Storm Ready will start up again in late April or early May.

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