When combined with 1.4 centimetres of snow, also recorded on Friday, it lifted the monthly precipitation total to 9.9 millimetres.

That’s about half the full norm for April through two-thirds of the month, which along with February are the driest months of the year in this area.

However, this year’s month-to-date total is still less than one quarter of 2014’s full month post for April of 45 millimetres.

So, over the last third of the month, it will take more than four times what we’ve received in the first two thirds in order to match this year what we posted in April of last year.

It’s also worth noting last April was one of three months in which the airport station recorded over 40 millimetres in 2014, and one of six months which posted a total that exceeded the monthly precipitation norms.

Thus, it hardly came as a surprise when the total for the year was about 404 millimetres, and close to the annual norm of 445, but that did not prevent it from being a drought year for the farm community.

That’s because of the totals in each of the five consecutive and traditionally heaviest precipitation months beginning in May – all below the average totals.

The airport weather station norm for that period is about 275 millimetres, but last year, it was less than half that at only 131.9.

So even though this week has started with an Environment Canada forecast that could get the airport weather office back on pace to post an April total in excess of the monthly average, for the fourth time in as many months this year, it will again really mean very little in determining the success of the crop year.

Once again that will likely rest on what happens in the months to follow, particularly June, July and August – which in this area have a combined norm of nearly 200 millimetres.