Rain widespread across southern Prairies over the weekend


A collective sigh of relief could be heard as most parts of the southern Prairies received some form of precipitation over the May long weekend.

The Calgary area received almost three quarters of an inch of rain, while Lethbridge received a really good downpour on Sunday, according to RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney, clocking just over three quarters of an inch. At Bow Island, field editor Kara Oosterhuis reported just over an inch. In Vulcan County area, 1.25 inches was reported. Deep in the Palliser Triangle, a much needed 2.5 inches was reported.

Some areas weren’t out of the woods yet for cold temperatures, but at least received some precipitation in the form of snow.

Across southern Saskatchewan, rain amounts were quite variable.


In Manitoba, field editor Kelvin Heppner tracked 1.5 inches of rain at Altona, from Wednesday, May 19 through to Saturday, May 22. Just northwest of him, 2.7 inches fell over Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Man.

All this good news prompted this insightful tweet from Ross McKenzie, retired soil and crop research scientist.

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