Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

January 2004

Water Supply Forecast Summary

Below-normal to much-below-normal precipitation has been recorded in the province so far this winter. As a result, below-average runoff volumes are forecast as of January 1, 2003 for the Milk River basin in the March to September 2003 period. Forecasts will be provided in February's report for the Oldman, Bow, Red Deer and North Saskatchewan River basins as well as for the plains area.

These forecasts assume that precipitation over the summer period will be normal. Precipitation will have a major impact on the summer water supply forecast between now and the end of September. Streamflow volume forecasts will be updated monthly until mid-summer. Check our Forecaster's Comments throughout the month for updated information regarding runoff conditions.

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