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1 Month (30 Days) Accumulated Precipitation (Prairie Region)

June 3, 2009 to July 2, 2009

Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s National Agroclimate Information Service (NAIS). Data provided through partnership with Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and many Provincial agencies.

9 -16 mm 16 -23 mm 23 -30 mm 30 -37 mm 37 -44 mm 44 -51 mm 51 -58 mm 58 -65 mm 65 -72 mm 72 -79 mm 79 -86 mm 86 -93 mm 93 -100 mm 100 -107 mm 107 -114 mm 114 -121 mm 121 -128 mm 128 -135 mm

Extent of Agricultural Land Lakes and Rivers

Produced using near real-time data that has undergone initial quality control. The map may not be accurate for all regions due to data availability and data errors.

Created: 07/03/09www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/drought

The weather page is prepared by Daniel Bezte. Dan has a BA Honours degree in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He has taught climate and weather classes at the U of W, and is a guest climate expert on CJOB’s morning show with Larry Updike. Daniel runs a computerized weather station on his 10 acres near Birds Hill Park, which he plans to develop into a small vegetable and fruit hobby farm.

Ithink June could best be described as the tale of two seasons. The first half of the month was more like early spring than early summer and in the second half of the month we finally saw summer move in.

We could also say June was the tale of west versus east. The west was dry while the east was wet. I included two maps this week. The first one really shows how the south-central and eastern areas got hit by the late-June rainstorm. The second map shows the total amount of precipitation so far this growing season (since April 1). Interestingly enough, the two maps look fairly similar, with eastern areas seeing most of the rain this growing season (which they didn’t really need) while western, and especially northwestern areas, saw dry conditions (which is not what they needed). Seems like things would be a whole lot better if we could just switch the rainfall pattern.

When we look back at the overall temperature for June we find that all three stations had another well-below-average month. Even with the warm ending to the month we couldn’t overcome the cold start. The first two weeks of June were so cold that overall this period was nearly 7C below the long-term average. The last two weeks of June were the exact opposite, nice and warm. In fact, they were over 2C warmer than the average for the month. When all the numbers were added up here is how it came out:

Temperature June ’09 Average

Precipitation June ’09 Average

Daniel welcomes questions and comments at [email protected]

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.

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