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  • Northern U.S. Plains at risk of drought

    January 18, 2021

    NDSU – Much of the northern growing regions of the United States suffered from drought in 2020 and those conditions could persist in 2021, according to a report from extension specialists at the North Dakota State University. Most of the Dakotas, northern Minnesota and eastern Montana suffered from some level of drought in 2020. As […]

  • Both flooding and droughts up over past century

    January 11, 2021

    Dartmouth College – The number of “extreme streamflow” events observed in river systems have increased significantly across the United States and Canada over the last century, according to a new study from Dartmouth College. In regions where water runoff from snowmelt is a main contributor to river streamflow, the study found a rise in extreme […]

  • Record large Antarctic ozone hole closes

    WMO – The record-breaking 2020 Antarctic ozone hole finally closed at the end of December after an exceptional season due to naturally occurring meteorological conditions and the continued presence of ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere, according to a report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The 2020 Antarctic ozone hole grew rapidly from mid-August […]

  • Combo of ag and solar energy can mitigate climate change

    January 5, 2021

    Oregon State University – Co-developing land for both solar photovoltaic power and agriculture could provide 20 per cent of total electricity generation in the United States with an investment of less than one per cent of the annual U.S. budget, a new paper by Oregon State University researchers found. Wide-scale installation of agrivoltaic systems could […]

  • Warmer-than-normal winter in latest Canadian forecast

    January 4, 2021

    Environment Canada – Warmer-than-normal temperatures are in the long-range forecast across all of Canada for the next three months, according to the latest outlook from Environment Canada. The latest seasonal forecast from the government agency, released Dec. 31, calls for a 40 to 70 per cent chance of above normal temperatures from January through March […]

  • 2020 closes a decade of exceptional heat

    December 24, 2020

    World Meteorological Association – As 2020 draws to an end, it closes the warmest decade (2011-2020) on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. This year remains on track to be one of the three warmest on record, and may even rival 2016 as the warmest on record. The six warmest years have all been […]

  • Environment Canada’s top 10 weather stories of 2020

    Environment Canada – In a year where headlines were dominated by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Canada also saw its share of memorable weather events. Environment Canada released a list of some of the most noteworthy to end the year. From a list of 100 significant weather happenings across Canada in 2020, events were ranked from […]

  • Climate change to lead to shifts in global precipitation patterns

    December 18, 2020

    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz – The Earth’s climate system is largely determined by the differences in temperature between the tropics and the poles. Global warming is likely to cause global atmospheric circulation to change and progressively revert to a situation similar to that of 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, according to a new study published […]

  • Prairie hail claims hit C$192 million in 2020

    December 17, 2020

    CCHA – Total hail claims across the Canadian Prairies came in below the five-year average in 2020, but claim payments were still reported to be above average, according to an update on the year from the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Claims produced insurance payouts of over C$192 million on over 12,100 claims in Western Canada. […]

  • A very untypical La Nina on Canadian Prairies

    December 14, 2020

    MarketsFarm– So far during the late fall of 2020 Western Canada has experienced little in the way of the La Nina that’s affecting weather elsewhere in the Americas, according to meteorologist Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. in Overland Park, Kan. “A La Nina is a typically colder-than-normal weather pattern. There’s above normal precipitation from […]




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