|Departure from normal precip (mm) across Prairies since|
Apr 1st. It's been notably wet across the far south
A pattern change to drier and warmer weather is desperately needed over southern Manitoba. After a dry start to the growing season, the overall pattern turned wetter and more unsettled in late May and has persisted through much of June through the first half of July. Some places in the Red River valley have seen over 2 times the normal precipitation since June 1st. Lettelier for example has recorded a whopping 313 mm of rain from June 1st to July 12th, some 260% of normal. Since May 23rd, Winnipeg (and much of southern MB) has had only one stretch of 4 or more days with no measurable rain (June 13-16) otherwise, rain has been occurring every other day or two over the past 6 weeks, often heavy at times. Farmers are hoping that drier and warmer weather will salvage what could be a very good crop this year.