Manitoba buying 60 new automated weather stations

Manitoba is buying 60 new automated weather stations to improve its ability to predict floods, fight fires and better help farmers.

20 stations to be placed in areas at risk for forest fires, 40 stations for agricultural areas

The province said the weather stations will include all-seasons detection instruments and may help flood predictions related to spring thaws and heavy rains.

Manitoba is buying 60 new automated weather stations to improve its ability to predict floods, fight fires and better help farmers.

The government did not say how much the machines will cost.

The new weather stations will include all-season precipitation gauges to improve flood forecasting related to spring thaws and heavy rains.

Twenty of the stations are to be placed in areas at risk for forest fires and the other 40 stations will be located in agricultural areas.

The expansion of the weather station network was a recommendation from the 2011 Flood Review Task Force.