I have just been conversing with a colleague at Farm Credit Canada (Regina), who advised the winter has been very “dry and mild”, and some are already worried about drought conditions for the summer. He went on to say this could all change in a hurry as they typically get about half their annual rainfall in April through to June. The rain usually comes via storms from which they measure the rain showers in centimetres. He also advised wind is normal, but high winds are common. John and I should see the tail end of seeding as we head across the Prairies, but will also mean we can expect to get drenched occasionally and hoping the wind doesn’t blow us back to Vancouver!
I know it gets cold in Canada, but what I initially thought he meant by “dry” was less rain, but he was actually referring to the fact they have had virtually no snow. Whilst it has been mild, he reported that it was 20 degrees below zero this morning in Regina, one of the coldest days of winter so far. A far cry from the 40 degree + temperatures and high winds we were pushing into on the weekend.