Fall precipitation forecast

Water drips from a fence after yet another rain.  |  D' Arce McMillan photo

Early August is proving to be a wet period for the Canadian Prairies, but it might be drier mid-month, and the autumn average temperature could be warmer than normal.

Environment Canada released its three month August-October outlooks last week.

It expects all of Canada will on average be warmer than normal during the period. If accurate, it could mean less risk of frost when crops are still vulnerable.

However, Environment Canada also produces a one month temperature forecast and the map issued Aug. 4 shows an increased potential for below normal temperatures across most of the Prairies from Aug. 4 to Sept. 5

Farmers would prefer a dry harvest period, but the department’s three month rain map shown here indicates most of the Prairies can expect on average normal precipitation during the season.


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