Agri­cul­tural mois­ture sit­u­a­tion for July was arid

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - Al­berta Agri­cul­ture

Weather pat­terns con­tinue to re­main largely as they were since the start of July. That is, the dry ar­eas across the North­ern Peace Re­gion and through­out parts of South­ern Al­berta have re­mained dry, and the wet­ter ar­eas ly­ing south of an east to west line run­ning through Grande Prairie stretch­ing all the way down to Cal­gary and then di­ag­o­nally from Cal­gary up to Lloy­d­min­ster have con­tin­ued to re­ceive reg­u­lar rains, which at times as been heavy due to lo­cal­ized thun­der­storm ac­tiv­ity.

* Rain­fall since mid-July (Map 1)

Over the past 17-days, two ma­jor events have been re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing up­wards of 80 mm or more mois­ture to a large area stretch­ing from Cam­rose in the south, to Man­ning in the north-cen­tral Peace Re­gion. Pre­vi­ously the north­cen­tral Peace was rel­a­tively dry, but last week this changed when up­wards of 100 mm of rain fell in some lo­cales, bring­ing much needed mois­ture.

* Soil mois­ture re­serves rel­a­tive to nor­mal (Map 2)

Soil mois­ture re­serves are highly vari­ably across the prov­ince, rang­ing from at least one in 12-year lows through parts of south­ern Al­berta and the North­ern Peace Re­gion, to one in 50-year highs scat­tered across sev­eral ar­eas rang­ing from Lloy­d­min­ster, to Ed­mon­ton and then up to­wards Grande Prairie.

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