Drought Monitoring in prairies in regions Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB)

Significant precipitation through the month of May relieved drought conditions across parts of the Prairies, while other areas remained significantly dry. This precipitation improved soil moisture conditions for the short-term. Long-term impacts, including poor water supply from the 2020 growing season, continued to impact drought across the agricultural areas of SK. Some regions recorded the second driest May in over 100 years. Exceptionally low precipitation values measured against historic data for the agricultural year caused severe draught near the U.S.-Manitoba border. 85% of AB´s agricultural landscape was classified as being dry/in drought, 96% of SK’s agricultural landscape was classified as being dry/in drought, and nearly 100% of MB’s agricultural landscape was classified as being abnormally dry/in moderate –exceptional drought.