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2017 was second or third warmest year, behind 2016 – U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean, the United Nations said on Thursday. Average surface temperatures in 2017 were 1.1 degree Celsius (2.0 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, creeping […] Read more

Prairie snow still in short supply

Large section of central Saskatchewan has virtually no snow, while levels in other areas are below average

WINNIPEG — Parts of the Sahara Desert received rare snowfall last week, with up to 40 centimetres falling in the Algerian desert town of Ain Sefra. That freak snow — only the third time in 40 years — made for some fantastic photographs before melting but would be more welcome in Western Canada, where many […] Read more

Dryness threat not getting any better

Conditions range from ‘abnormally dry’ to ‘extreme drought’ across a large portion 
of Western Canada, causing increasing concern for the upcoming crop

Most prairie grain growers could be looking at a dry and early seeding season in 2018 unless conditions change dramatically over the next two to three months. Trevor Hadwen, an agro-climate expert with Agriculture Canada, says conditions across much of the West remain unusually dry. Agriculture Canada just released the latest version of its Canadian […] Read more

Beet growers eye road de-icing market

Beet juice can beat snow and ice in winter road conditions, but the stuff being used in Calgary and elsewhere in Western Canada does not come from Alberta-grown sugar beets. Alberta Sugar Beet Growers would like to change that because another use for their product could mean more acres and higher economic returns. “We believe […] Read more

World may be hotter than expected by 2100

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) — World temperatures could rise 15 percent more than expected this century, obliging governments to make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming, scientists said late last year. Average surface temperatures could increase up to .5 C more than previously projected by 2100 in the most gloomy scenarios for […] Read more

La Nina set to weaken heading into spring

WINNIPEG, Jan. 3 (CNS) – Despite being gripped by freezing temperatures, one weather expert says he thinks the Canadian Prairies will see a weakening of the La Nina weather phenomena in the coming months, which will mean more moisture come spring-time. “Most likely we’ll have neutral conditions with a slight La Nina bias during the […] Read more

Prairies remain dangerously dry

A map on Agriculture Canada’s drought monitor website tells a depressing and somewhat scary story. With the exception of a region from North Battleford, Sask. to west of Edmonton, nearly all the agricultural land on the Prairies is dry or in a drought. Making matters worse, a large chunk of the map, around Regina and […] Read more

High chance of La Nina will affect world crops

La Ninas have historically been tough on Argentina, but the impact isn’t expected to be as bad this time

Weather watchers are leaning toward predictions for a La Nina developing this winter and that has ramifications for crop production around the world. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said there is a 70 percent chance or triple the normal likelihood of La Nina occurring. The Climate Prediction Center in the United States predicts a 65 to […] Read more

Many farmers got a break from hailstorms this year

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more

Cold winter forecast, plentiful snow may offer needed moisture

Farmers can expect a “wild ride” this winter, according to The Weather Network’s 2017 winter forecast. “It is potentially a very harsh winter ahead with widespread below seasonal temperatures and lots of shots of Arctic air,” said meteorologist Michael Carter. The Prairies will experience the worst winter weather in the country with below normal temperatures […] Read more