Through November persistent, vast blocks of exceptional water deficit are forecast in the east. Primarily moderate deficits are expected from southeastern Saskatchewan through southern Manitoba and into Ontario. Areas of more intense deficit include a band across central Manitoba, the upper and middle reaches of the Athabasca River watershed in Alberta, and around Prince George, British Columbia. Intense surpluses are forecast near Fort McMurray, Alberta and Kamloops, British Columbia.
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The forecast through October indicates some retreat of exceptional water deficits, especially in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba where deficits are expected to downgrade, becoming mild to moderate. Deficits will shrink in British Columbia around Prince George, though remain exceptional; will downgrade somewhat in Alberta and along Ontario’s eastern border; and will shrink in Quebec but remain widespread. Exceptional surpluses in southern BC will diminish.
Regions forecast to have significant water deficits for the 12-month period from January 2018 through December 2018 include: the US Southwest, Brazil, southern Venezuela, northern Africa, Gabon, Zambia, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Areas with a forecast of significant water surplus include: Idaho, southern British Columbia, Tanzania, Hungary, southern Romania, and Ukraine. This Watch List is based on ISciences Water Security Indicator Model (WSIM) run on 10 April 2018.