Map: Some November Relief for Driest Prairie Areas 

Precipitation was uneven across Western Canada in November, although some of the heaviest amounts fell in the driest areas. 

As the 30-day map below shows, large portions of western Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta received more than 200% of normal precipitation in November, the same areas that were largely mired in moderate to severe drought as of the end of October. On the other hand, much of southern Manitoba, where there is relatively little remaining drought, was much drier than normal in November. 

The good news for the drier areas is that more relief could be on the way. Released earlier this week, the Weather Network’s winter forecast suggests southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan can expect above normal snowfall, with most other areas of both provinces seeing near normal amounts. Mostly normal precipitation is expected for much of Manitoba as well. 

In terms of temperatures, the Weather Network is forecasting that a rare triple-dip La Niña weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean will team up with the polar vortex to deliver a colder than normal start to winter across most of Canada, including the Prairies. Right on cue, temperatures are expected to start turning colder across much of Western Canada this week after a prolonged period of mild fall weather. 

According to the latest monthly update of the Canadian drought monitor, an estimated 80% of Prairie farmland was being impacted by abnormal dryness or drought as of the end of October, compared to 73% at the end of September, 52% at the end of August and 42% in July.   

Percent normal precip for November

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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