chvnradio.com

Now Playing What just played?

THE COLOR

ONE SURE THING

Listen Live

With southern Manitoba in the midst of a significant drought, a single rainfall is unlikely to change it, though it will be a welcome sight for many. 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is Canada's official source for monitoring drought conditions. Since late April, the AAFC have noticed drought conditions in southern Manitoba, ranging from a 'moderate drought' in Winnipeg to 'severe droughts' south of both Winnipeg and Brandon.

"It's been developing for several months," said Patrick Cherneski about the drought in southern Manitoba. "This drought is part of one that extended back into last year."

Winnipeg and the surrounding areas received the first measurable precipitation since April 12 on Tuesday. Cherneski was kind when asked if that would help.

"In short, no," Cherneski laughed. "The deficits right now are fairly significant."

For places like southern Manitoba, Cherneski estimates the deficit is around 50-75 millimetre. He says that one rainfall won't fix this, such as the one forecast for Thursday. That said, he also mentioned that, for farmers, surface soil moisture is very important as well, so the rain will be a blessing to them.

"Boy, producers are going to be pleased with that," Cherneski said.

There is no drought forecast since AAFC rely on Environment Canada for weather data and that can be hard to predict. He did mention that some of the forecasts show warmer than normal temperatures and lower than normal precipitation, which could extend the drought for many months to come.

The lack of precipitation has caused a temporary fire ban to go into effect in Winnipeg and southern Manitoba.

Read more:

Fire ban still in effect, conditions to be evaluated after rain

Measurable rain fell Tuesday, more on the way

Share this story!

Church ladies go to jail

Each month a group of Mennonite women from Winnipeg go to prison.

Blood moon lunar eclipse to occur Sunday

Sunday, turn your eyes to the sky for a lunar eclipse you won't want to miss.

Shake off the winter blues this weekend: January 18-20

The excitement of the Christmas and New Year's season may be over for another year and…

Stolen semi leaves path of destruction on Winnipeg streets

Winnipeg Police are currently investigating a stolen semi-truck that left a trail of…

Youth worship band touching lives with the gospel message

Steinbach Bible College's student praise and worship band Free Servant is gearing up for…

WATCH: A family 'in a season of great faith.'

The Froese family came into the CHVN studios to worship with us this week.

Siloam Mission facing challenges with bitter cold temperatures

This time of year is especially trying for Siloam Mission in meeting the needs of the…

Extreme cold warning in effect for most of Manitoba

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for much of southern Manitoba…

Loaves of love warm hearts in the North

Eastview Community Church has been sharing the love of Jesus one loaf of banana bread at…

71-year-old pilot rescued

A man is home safe and sound thanks to an amazing rescue operation.

Power outage affects Charleswood and St. James

It's a cold and dark start to the day for people living in St. James and Charleswood.

Canadian churches urge PM to prohibit nuclear weapons

The Canadian Council of Churches has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to…

James MacDonald going on indefinite sabbatical

A megachurch pastor has asked for prayers as he prepares to step aside from leadership…

Parents lose fight to homeschool children in Germany

A German family has lost another battle in their bid to homeschool their children.

Local church embraces live painting as another form of worship

A few times per year congregants at The Meeting Place in Winnipeg get to see the teaching…

Brossoit backstops Jets past Golden Knights

Laurent Brossoit won his seventh straight start as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vegas…

Lauren Daigle giving back

Lauren Daigle is using her recent boost of fame to help support children living in…

WATCH: The Color debuts new song

Manitoba artists The Color recently debuted their brand new single which will be out on…

Power restored to hundreds in Sturgeon Creek

A power outage had left about 200 customers without heat on one of the coldest days this…

Red River Valley bracing for strong cold front

A blowing snow advisory has been issued by Environment Canada this afternoon.