Climate change will give Canada all kinds of extreme weather by 2050.
That’s if current emission levels remain unchanged, according to scientists.
On average, summers will be two degrees warmer, and five per cent wetter.
It will allow our farmers to grow different types of crops with more abundant yields.
While that sounds like a good thing, the experience will be much different.
Hot and dry, or flooding
Droughts and flooding will both be more extreme: hotter and drier, or much wetter.
While extreme colds will be less likely as the temperature shifts, we can expect more scorching hot days.
Spring showers are also likely to bring torrential downpours starting in the winter.
Most of that water will run off, parching plants and soil.
Snowfall down by a third
Winter precipitation has also decreased by a third in recent years, while rain spanning multiple days has increased by half.
Warmer temperatures are also expected to help mountain pine beetles, an invasive species, thrive.
They’ll ravage forests, leaving piles of dead trees that will intensify fires.
Most of the scientists say that’s just the beginning.
The biggest changes won’t come until much later than 2050.
—ANDREW McCREA, MyTOBA.ca