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    Yukon Temperatures Almost Six Degrees Above Normal in March

    The Yukon River (Photo courtesy of Bruce Barrett)

    Yukon Government's Department of Environment says the chances of flooding is low for southwestern Yukon this year due to recent dry and warm weather. Temperatures were almost six degrees warmer on average throughout the territory in March.

    According the Environment Yukon's recent April Snow Survey Bulletin and Water Supply Forecast, the likelihood of spring flooding in the southwest portion of the Yukon is low this year due to recent warm and dry conditions.

    At environment stations near the Yukon River Basin near Whitehorse, melting snow water is only at 39% percent of the historical average with other areas like Haines Junction, Whitehorse, and Pelly Crossing at or below 45% of their historical average.

    In terms of early spring conditions, the report suggest spring weather came to the territory approximately a month early to the territory with temperatures almost six degrees warmer in the Yukon throughout March. 

    In other temperature anomalies, areas of the Dempster Highway were over 11 degrees  warmer than usual with Old Crow also seeing temperatures ten degrees above average in the month of March.

    One river showing  more normal river discharge for this time of year was the Peel River Basin which was at 82% of the historical average.

    The snow bulletin and water supply forecast is conducted monthly between March and May of each year by the Yukon Goverment's Department of Environment. 

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