A crystal ball to predict drought

Drought conditions as of May 28, 2021.

Ag Canada says its new Drought Outlook tool can predict likely drought conditions one month into the future.

The tool uses Drought Monitor assessments along with precipitation and temperature forecasts from Environment Canada. It features two side-by-side maps — one showing drought conditions as of a particular date and a linked one predicting the ‘drought outlook’ a month later. (When you zoom in on one, the other follows suit.)

The May 28 map, for example, shows the area north and west of Red Deer was experiencing moderate drought conditions at that time. The forecast map predicts Sylvan Lake will see no change by the end of June but Ponoka will see drought conditions worsen.

The tool can be found at agriculture.canada.ca.

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