Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Expert on Climate Change Says Warm Winter on Prairies Means More Floods, Fires

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Expert on Climate Change Says Warm Winter on Prairies Means More Floods, Fires

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Expert says warm winter means floods, fires

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SASKATOON - A climate change expert at the University of Saskatchewan is warning of forest fires and flooding this year after an unseasonably warm winter on the prairies.

John Pomeroy says southern Saskatchewan was five degrees above normal during the month of February, while most of Alberta and the southwestern corner of Manitoba also experienced record-breaking warmth.

Pomeroy, director of the Centre for Hydrology at the university, says those five degrees can make winter much more pleasant, but the result is insufficient snowpack.

He says forest fires are strongly correlated to a lack of snow or very early snow melt, and Saskatchewan should be "ready for another bad forest fire season" as a result.

Pomeroy also says it has rained every month this winter, which has created thick ice layers that could put the prairies at a higher risk of flooding than normal. …

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