Heavy September rain soaks Southern Saskatchewan cropland

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A soaking rain brought a screeching halt to harvest operations in Southern Saskatchewan yesterday, with unseasonably large precipitation totals hitting across a wide region.

The Southwest and South Central portions of the province were hardest hit, with Environment Canada reporting that a strong low pressure system stalled over the Cypress Hills and delivering heavy rains in the Southwest.

While Environment Canada officially highlighted Swift Current received 3.78 centimetres of rain at their official weather monitoring station, social media and other weather tracking services recorded considerable higher totals. Sourcing information sites like CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) the Weatherbug network, as well as Twitter reports, the hardest hit community in the region was Vanguard where 6.45 centimetres of rain fell. Province wide the hardest hit community was Moosomin, where over eight centimetres of precipitation has fallen.

The following is a summary of rainfall totals released by Environment Canada in a morning weather summary.

From the Environment Canada network up to 6 a.m. this morning:

Moose Jaw      66.9 millimetres

Swift Current  37.8 millimetres

Maple Creek    34.7 millimetres

Yorkton        34.5 millimetres

Cypress Hills  30.7 millimetres

Wynyard        27.8 millimetres

Eastend        15.8 millimetres

Estevan        13.0 millimetres

Weyburn        11.3 millimetres

Rockglen        8.0 millimetres

Assiniboia      7.1 millimetres

Regina          4.6 millimetres

Up to 8 a.m. this morning, the following rainfall amounts were received via CoCoRaHS, Weatherbug and Twitter:

Moosomin        80  millimetres and still raining heavily

Vanguard       64.5 millimetres

Chaplin        61.0 millimetres

Burnham        55.9 millimetres

Mortlach       53.4 millimetres

Hodgeville     49.2 millimetres

Coderre        47.0 millimetres

Bushell Park   47.0 millimetres

Fillmore       30.5 millimetres

Strasbourg     25.6 millimetres

Lumsden        21.6 millimetres

Gravelbourg    12.7 millimetres

Loreburn        8.9 millimetres

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Southern Saskatchewan, Swift Current, Vanguard

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