Winnipeg swings from historic drought last year to wettest year on record in 2022


Historic drought devastated Manitoba’s agricultural and farming sectors last year just for the pendulum to swing strongly in the opposite, wetter path this year in Winnipeg.

As of Monday morning, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport climate station had recorded over 739 millimetres of precipitation in the town, “making this the wettest year for precipitation totals,” mentioned Environment Canada meteorologist Natalie Hasell.

The 33.3 mm of rain that fell early Monday morning pushed totals into record territory, she mentioned.

The earlier record set in 1962 was 723 mm, and the last time the town got here shut to that mark was in 2010 when 721 mm was recorded, mentioned Hasell.

CBC Manitoba meteorologist John Sauder mentioned it was clear the record was inside attain weeks in the past, even as October — prior to Monday — was comparatively delicate in phrases of moisture. The 33.3 mm that fell Monday morning is greater than twice as a lot precipitation because the province acquired all month earlier than then.

Total precipitation is a mirrored image of all rain and snowfall quantities, so the record is partly a mirrored image of enormous quantities of snow early this year and a soppy spring. That adopted a year of historic drought by means of the Prairies last year.

Those two opposites taking place in the span of a year or so might be linked to local weather change, mentioned Sauder, who famous it is tough at occasions to hyperlink climate to broader local weather developments.

“Climate is one thing we research over an extended time frame, however what we’re noticing now could be storms are extra extreme, climate occasions are extra extreme,” he mentioned. “Things like drought, after which the wettest year on record … we’re going to begin to see extra of the extremes.”

With two months left in 2022, the record will solely develop from right here.

“This is now a record wettest year, however this may occasionally go down as a record that stands for a extremely very long time,” mentioned Sauder.

Hasell mentioned Environment Canada forecasts recommend over the following month a quantity elements of Manitoba can count on increased than regular precipitation quantities. 

“I’d reap the benefits of the climate we see on Friday and the weekend to prepare for the following season,” she mentioned.


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