Wind chill values as low as minus 60 C (-76 F). Hard to envision much ice melt at those temperatures.
9 March 2017 – Extreme Cold Warning for huge number of areas (see link):
A period of very cold wind chills continues. The coldest wind chill values will be between minus 40 C and minus 45C (-40 F to -49 F).
– Record lows in Saskatchewan (Ice Age Now, Dec 4, 2014):
“Bitterly cold conditions prevailed” on Monday morning as a ridge of high pressure lingered over Southern Saskatchewan, said the weather summary for Southern Saskatchewan issued by Environment Canada on Monday, 1 Dec 2014.
Five new record low temperatures were established across the province,
– Saskatchewan wheat production forecast to decline dramatically this year (Ice Age Now, Aug 21, 2014):
According to Statistics Canada, wheat production is expected to fall 27 per cent while canola is expected to be off 23 per cent from 2013 levels.
The reason? Because fewer acres were seeded, and because the rainy weather that flooded millions of acres put the crops up to two weeks behind normal development in certain areas.
More warm weather is needed, says the provincial Agriculture Ministry. Instead, cooler weather is on the way.
Documents reveal government struggled with hunter surveillance program
Mule deer bucks Photograph by: Bruce Edwards, The Journal, Edmonton Journal
EDMONTON — The Alberta government is expanding its hunter surveillance program for chronic wasting disease, as positive deer continue to turn up in an increasingly larger area.
An additional seven wildlife management units were added to the list this year, bringing the total to 26. Hunters must turn in the heads of any deer killed in this area for testing. The area began by hugging the Alberta/Saskatchewan border, but has since expanded west and south.
Tests caught 75 positive cases among the thousands of mule and white-tailed deer turned in so far. The first positive case was in an emaciated mule deer found in 2005 in a farmyard about 30 kilometres southeast of Oyen. (To view a map showing all positive cases, go to www.srd.alberta.ca/BioDiversityStewardship/WildlifeDiseases/ChronicWastingDisease/CWDUpdates/documents/CWD-PositiveMap-Apr-2010.pdf)