Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer
June 2, 2009 — In 2002, Western Canada experienced drought conditions that surpassed even the infamous 1930s dust bowl.
That year was the worst ever growing season for farmers in Western Canada. Going into the spring of 2002, it was the driest it had been in over a century.
Farmers needed 60% more precipitation than usual before the start of the growing season just to replenish water supplies. What they got was a 60% decrease in precipitation, which effectively ended the growing season before it started.
The weather also brought untimely deluges of huge proportions, searing heat, clouds of grasshoppers and mid-summer snow and frost. Farmers, and even entire communities, were reaching the breaking point.
Source: Environment Canada