It was an unusual sight on the Souris River as it ran through Weyburn yesterday. The river, as it ran alongside River Park, appeared to be flowing backwards.  

In many instances around the world where a phenomenon like this has been observed, it is often attributed to tectonics or a hurricane. Of course, it can easily be confirmed that neither of those two events occurred in Weyburn yesterday. 

What could be the cause, then? 

We reached out to the Water Security Agency. The director of hydrology with the WSA figured the most likely cause of the appearance of the water flowing in the wrong direction was the wind.  

After looking at the video, they were able to determine that it was an optical illusion, with the wind playing a contributing factor. The water itself was flowing in the proper direction, but the ripples made it appear to be flowing against itself.