It was indeed a dry winter, says the province’s latest soil moisture update, but it also says spring and summer precipitation is what really counts.
The March 17 update shows three large areas in the North West, North East, and west part of the Southern regions hit one-in-25-year precipitation lows from mid-September to mid-March.
“For some areas this represents nearly a 100-mm deficit, over what is normally received, standing in stark contrast to the wet conditions that had persisted until mid-August.”
But winter only delivers 20 to 30 per cent of the annual moisture so the situation “can be ‘turned around’ with a return to near-normal precipitation patterns this spring and summer.”
The maps can be found at alberta.ca.