A huge amount of rain has fallen over a massive area of the Prairies. For some of the driest areas, it may be too late to salvage a reasonable crop, but for many other areas this rain has greatly improved production prospects. This huge rainfall event was correctly predicted by Drew Lerner, the president of World Weather Inc. based in Kansas. Larry Weber of Weber Commodities in Saskatoon is doing regular podcasts that are posted on the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission website. Last Thursday, the podcast featured Drew Lerner who said a significant rainfall event was coming to the dry regions of western Saskatchewan and Alberta. He said the rain would be Sunday and Monday and he conservatively estimated accumulations at half an inch to 1.5 inches. He also said there was potential for higher amounts. Drew Lerner basically nailed the prediction of a major rainfall event long before Environment Canada ever figured it out. Looking ahead, Lerner is saying that it will be important to get more rainfall over the next three weeks because by mid to late July a high pressure ridge is likely to shut down most of the precipitation events on the Prairies. I’m Kevin Hursh.

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Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC