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Relief for Some Thirsty Prairies Areas in April

The month of April may not have fixed all of the moisture deficits across Western Canada but it did provide at least some relief for parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

As can be seen on the map below, a large part of east-central Saskatchewan and eastern Manitoba received above normal precipitation during the month, the bulk of it coming thanks to spring storms that dropped as much as 20 to 30 cm of snow in some locations.

The resulting green areas on the map are welcome change from the past number of months, which featured predominately brown and red, denoting well below average precipitation. However, the longer-term maps still show chronic dryness that will require more sustained and widespread precipitation to finally eliminate.

As of the end of March, severe to extreme drought was impacting a large area extending east from Regina all the way to Winnipeg. Abnormal dryness and moderate drought was also impacting many other parts of the Prairies.

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