The outlook for Canada through September 2016 (below) indicates widespread water deficits across the country with large pockets of exceptional deficits expected in parts of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

As indicated in the 3-month maps (below) for the same 12-month period, large pockets of deficits are forecast across Canada January through March, with pockets of surpluses expected in southwestern Ontario and southern Alberta. From April through June drought conditions are forecast dominate the whole country with extreme to exceptional drought in portions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. From July through September water deficits are forecast to moderate for much of the country, but pockets of exceptional deficits are expected to persist.

(It should be noted that forecast skill declines with longer lead times.)

Comment

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