Smoke Replaces Ice at Lake Winnipeg

Manitobo, Canada is facing biggest wildfire across 3,55,800 acres that is 80 Km long and 16 Km wide . Authorities are concerned to protect Hydroelectric bi- pole transmission lines 1 & 2 which carry electricity hundreds of kilometers across the province. 

Because of this huge fire, half a dozen properties  of Mountain South are at risk.

Smoke from the fire could affect a number of communities including Grand Rapids, Misapawistik Cree Nation, Homebrook, Skownan First Nation, Waterhen, Mallard and Gypsumville.

Because of this fire highway is closed across Manitoba.

Part of Manitoba seeing drastically different weather. Winnipeg and much of southern Manitoba dealt with the first heatwave of the year as most of northern Manitoba is dealing with winter weather.

On May 7 and May 14, 2021, winter ice still covered most of Lake Winnipeg and the smaller lakes nearby. By May 19, most of the ice was gone, temperatures ranged between 30° and 33° Celsius (86° to 91° Fahrenheit), and the parched landscape was blanketed with smoke and fire. It seemed like Canada’s Manitoba Province had jumped right from winter to summer.

Much of southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan had abnormally dry autumn, winter, and spring weather, so much of the region is now in severe to extreme drought.

References:

Smoke Replaces Ice at Lake Winnipeg (nasa.gov)