In Some Locales, The Skies Opened Up

2009 – Issue 16

 

In Some Locales, The Skies Opened Up

Across western Canada rainfall was common late last week and over the weekend. Rainfall amounts generally averaged one to two inches but some areas reported much more (three to five inches in parts of northern Manitoba including the Swan River Valley; in Saskatchewan: up to five inches near North Battleford, four inches near Weyburn, and up to three inches near Corinne, Humboldt, and Waldheim; and in Alberta: up to seven inches near Youngstown, five inches at Castor, and three inches at Coronation). Hail was also reported in several locations in Manitoba near Brandon, LaSalle, Domain, and Sanford and at Moosomin, SK. Crop damage was reportedly severe (approaching 100%) at Moosomin and in some fields in Manitoba particularly north of Brandon. Parts of central and north eastern Alberta received no rainfall and so dry conditions in those areas persist. The Peace Region did receive rain, although less than in other parts of the Prairies (less than half an inch).

Maps of current moisture conditions in western Canada from PFRA are available at:
http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/drought/prpay09_e.htm
http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/drought/prpgs09_e.htm
Additional moisture information for Alberta is available from Alberta Environment at:
http://www.environment.alberta.ca/forecasting/data/precipmaps/weekly.pdf

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