Map: Prairies Dry Down in December

On the heels of an extremely wet fall season, much of the Prairies continued to dry down in December.

According to the latest monthly update of the Canadian drought monitor, precipitation accumulation across the eastern Prairie was less than 20 mm during the month, approximately 60% of normal. Further, a large region of east central Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba received minimal precipitation, with a number of weather stations reporting in the top 10 for the driest Decembers on record. Climate stations at Yorkton and Swan River also recorded their driest December ever.

However, in most cases the dry weather did not result in any new designations of either drought or abnormally dry conditions – mostly owing to the heavy precipitation that fell in September and October and excessive soil moisture at the time of freeze up.

Still, abnormally dry conditions did continue to expand in northeastern agriculture regions of Saskatchewan and northern agriculture regions of Manitoba during the month. Indeed, the northern regions of all three Prairie provinces remain abnormally dry for this time of year with two areas of moderate drought continuing to hold on: one in northwestern Alberta around High Level and the second being in central Saskatchewan (see map below).

On the other hand, abnormally dry conditions emerged in December in southwestern Ontario, due to extremely dry conditions over the past two months. Existing drought classifications throughout northern regions of Ontario and Quebec remained relatively unchanged from November.

December drought monitor​​​​​​​

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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