After a long, hot, dry summer, rain is on the way to southern Saskatchewan.
But it isn’t clear how much precipitation is expected as the cloud patterns keep moving further south to the U.S. border.
“I don’t have a definite answer for you, this is really a wait and see game,” Environment Canada’s Natalie Hasell explained.
Initially, the forecast called for five to ten millimetres to fall in and around Regina beginning Wednesday afternoon and through into Thursday.
How much will fall it will likely be a relief to many.
The dry conditions have not only caused a problem for farmers, particularly in the southwest, but ground shifting has led meter boxes to pull away from houses in Regina, a problem SaskPower has been dealing with since July.
The rain likely won’t be enough to have an impact on the wildfires burning in northern Saskatchewan nor dissipate the smoke that is blanketing much of the province.
Sask. farmer welcomes the rain
Instead of singing Rain Rain Go Away, one farmer is hoping the rain will stay.
Grain farmer, John Collins said it’s been a dry summer near Yorkton, where he farms, but they have had some moisture. He added he’s been lucky with his crop.
“We were pretty fortunate, we got some timely rain,” Collins said. “We were very happy with our crop this year, it was actually surprising what we thought we were going to get — to what we’ve been getting.”
Collins added he welcomes the rain as it will help with the winter wheat he’s getting into the ground this year.
“I’m seeding into a little bit of moisture but you know we could use that moisture just for fall work to start things off for next year,” he said. “If we don’t get any rainfall this fall or any snow this winter we’re going to be dry for next spring.”
He added his crop is just about off the field for the year and hopes to have his harvest complete by the end of the week.
— Jonny Collins (@JDjonny9620) September 13, 2017
—With files from Jessika Guse