The Prairies are heading into another drought. Here's why we're more vulnerable this time

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In northern Alberta, a worrisomely dry winter has raised some fears about an issue that hasn’t historically been a problem — drought. 

“Up towards Slave Lake, we’d expect about 50 millimetres [of water] this coming year,” said John Pomeroy, a University of Saskatchewan water scientist. 

“We had five. So one–tenth of normal.”

It’s a similar situation southwest of Edmonton, where the snow pillow — a device used to measure snowpack — between the North Saskatchewan River and the Athabasca River is far worse than last year.

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That snow pillow is recording just over 139 millimetres of water equivalent in the snowpack, which is well below average for this

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