The near-term forecast indicates a pattern of water anomalies much like the prior three months. Widespread surpluses will continue in northeastern Quebec, central Ontario, west of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, near Churchill Lake in Saskatchewan and into Alberta, the central border of Alberta and British Columbia, and southeastern BC. Deficit areas include: central Quebec and the Ontario/Quebec border; northwestern Ontario into central Manitoba; and southern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan. After March, surpluses in Quebec and Ontario will transition to deficit.
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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 Northeast, central Quebec (Canada), Amapá (Brazil), Chile, western Ukraine, southwest Yemen, Gujarat (India), Cambodia, Malay Peninsula, Korean Peninsula, and Shandong Peninsula (China). Water surpluses are forecast for: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nicaragua, central Colombia, western European Russia, Volga Basin, eastern Ganges Basin, Nepal, Bangladesh, western Myanmar, Java, Yangtze River, Fujian (China), and Murray River Basin.. This watch list is based on ISciences' Water Security Indicator Model (WSIM) Global Water Monitor and Forecast issued 7 October 2016.