From November of last year to the end of September, 2017 was record breaking or near record breaking dry weather in much of central and southern Saskatchewan.
Environment Canada meteorologist John Paul Cragg says this stretch was the driest period in 126 years of records for both Regina and Swift Current. Regina received 125.4 millimetres of precipitation which is 100 millimetres less than the tenth driest year. Swift Current received 133.4 millimetres of precipitation, compared to the 10th driest year which was 120 millimetres more than that. This same stretch was the second driest in 76 years for the Yorkton area. The driest year was back in 1961 at 225.8 millimetres and this past year was 244.1. Saskatoon and Moose Jaw each had their 3rd driest years. In the 111 years of records for Saskatoon, the city received 222.4 millimetres of rain or snow in the past 11 months, compared to the driest year in 2001 at 168.9. Moose Jaw received 194.8 millimetres of precipitation, compared to the driest year in 102 years in 1988 at 173.3 millimetres