Thursday, 9 June 2016

Weekly Update (June 6, 2016; Wk 06) - Weather Synopsis

Across the prairies, meteorological conditions were similar to long term average values for the period of May 30 – June 5, 2016. The average temperature was 12.8 °C and was 1.5 °C warmer than the previous week. 

This week’s rainfall was generally greater than long term average amounts. Since April 1, most regions have reported above normal precipitation.  Southeastern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba reported the highest rainfall amounts.  The map below shows the Accumulated Precipitation the past 7 days (i.e., May 30-June 5, 2016): 

Soil moisture levels (refer to model output map) were predicted to be above average across most of the prairies.  

For the period of May 1-31, 2016, conditions were cooler and wetter in Alberta than Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The map below reflects the Accumulated Precipitation for the Growing Season so far for the prairie provinces (i.e., April 1-May 30, 2016):

Compared to last week, overnight temperatures were warmer the past 7 days.  The map below shows the Lowest Temperatures the Past 7 Days (June 1-7, 2016) across the prairies:

The map below shows the Highest Temperatures the Past 7 Days (June 1-7, 2016):

The updated growing degree day map (GDD) (Base 5ºC, March 1 – June 5, 2016) is below:

While the growing degree day map (GDD) (Base 10ºC, March 1 – June 5, 2015) is below:

The maps above are all produced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  Growers may wish to bookmark the AAFC Drought Watch Maps for the growing season.