The forecast for Canada through March indicates water deficits in central Quebec, southern Ontario, southern Newfoundland, and northern reaches of western provinces. Surpluses are forecast across Ontario from the southern Kenora District to Quebec, Manitoba from Hudson Bay reaching southwest to Lake Winnipeg, northwestern Saskatchewan, and southern British Columbia.
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The forecast for Canada through February indicates that exceptional deficits will shrink in Quebec, though a vast expanse will remain surrounding Lake Mistassini. Deficits will also persist in southern Newfoundland, New Brunswick, northeastern Manitoba, and northern British Columbia. Surpluses are forecast across Ontario from Kenora District in the west to Quebec; Manitoba from Hudson Bay reaching southwest to Lake Winnipeg; northwestern Saskatchewan; and southern British Columbia. After February much of Ontario will transition from surplus to mostly moderate deficit.
The forecast for Canada through January shows that exceptional deficit will persist in central Quebec but the extent of exceptional deficits will shrink in Quebec, southern Nova Scotia, and southern Newfoundland. Moderate deficits will persist in Southern Ontario. Exceptional surpluses are forecast in the southwestern corner of Northern Ontario and in the Columbia River Basin in southern British Columbia. From February through April many areas of eastern Canada will transition to normal, though large pockets of exceptional deficits will persist in Quebec and Ontario, and surpluses will continue to emerge in southern British Columbia.
Regions likely to encounter significant water deficits in the coming months include: the US South, Oaxaca (Mexico), Chile, Scandinavia, southeastern Ethiopia and southern Somalia, Iran, the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Gujarat, and Cambodia. Water surpluses are forecast for: the US Northwest and Upper Midwest, eastern North Carolina, southern British Columbia (Canada), Nicaragua, eastern Romania, southern Belarus, northeastern Poland, Nepal, Bangladesh, western Myanmar, Java, Shanghai, Fujian, and the Warrego River Basin (Australia). This watch list is based on ISciences Water Security Indicator Model (WSIM) Global Water Monitor and Forecast issued 9 November 2016.