Drew Lerner, of World Weather Inc. says he thinks 2020 is going to be a better year in general for weather across the Prairies. When he looks back at the extreme weather that occurred in the west in 2019, he agree that that was one nasty weather pattern many will not forget.
There are two things shaping weather in the year ahead that stick out for Lerner, including the Gulf of Alaska finally starting to cool down and a dry bias kicking up in the U.S.
“The ocean temperatures (in the gulf) have been so warm in the last year and a half and we’re finally starting to see a cooling trend out there — that suggests a change in weather just by itself,” he says.
Typically, what happens in the U.S. is opposite of what Canada gets. “We are going to have an opportunity for the U.S and south eastern Canada to have a little bit of a drier bias perhaps as we go through the heart of summer. There’s a tendency for what happens in the States, to be a little bit of an opposite of what happens in the Prairies … I think the Prairies will have a fairly good chance of seeing a little bit more routine occurrence of rainfall as we go from early to mid summer because the U.S. will probably go the other way with a little drier area.”
Neither area is expected to get extremes of either dry or wet, Lerner says.
As far as spring seeding goes, he does say that March will be an issue in that the weather pattern looks to be showing it to be cold and, at times, frosty for that time of year, but that should turn around come April.
Listen to the full 2020 outlook for Western Canada with RealAg Radio host, Shaun Haney and Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. below: