No repeat of the ‘harvest from hell,’ says weather forecaster

The fall harvest season will be somewhat wetter than normal but nothing like last year, according to AccuWeather.

There is also a low risk for an early freeze, meteorologist and Canada weather expert Brett Anderson said in the company’s fall forecast on Aug. 14.

“The latest signals favour most regions having a low risk of an abnormally early-season freeze,” Anderson said.

AccuWeather’s forecast is calling for “a fairly normal harvest” on the Prairies, which would be a big change from last year’s ‘harvest from hell.’

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“A similar disaster would be unlikely as the coldest shots of air and the bulk of storms will be too far to the northwest,” the report states.

It also notes that it had been a good year in terms of wildfires heading into fall and the forecaster expects that to continue.

“So far, the fire season across Canada has been well below average,” said Anderson. “As of early August, there have been just over 2,500 fires. The 10-year average through early August is about 4,000 fires.

“Total acreage burned so far this season is only 10 per cent of the 10-year average. Fire activity is expected to remain below normal through early fall for Canada as a whole.”

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