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Weather Blog

More Wet in the Southwest - Monday, September 15, 2014

For the second time in many weeks another major hurricane will ride northward along the west coast of Mexico (Baja area).  Hurricane Odile will follow closely along the same path as Hurricane Norbert did during the first week of September. (full story)

Early Cold Shot - Monday, September 08, 2014

Having a big cold front roll into the United States during the month of September is not unusual. However, most September cold shots come during the third or fourth week of the month. This week, a very strong surge of cold air will move into (full story)

Wet in the Southwest Next Week - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Water temperatures off the west coast of Mexico are very warm creating a ripe environment for the possibility of tropical storm and maybe hurricane development in the Baja region later this weekend and into early next week. Another reason to be conc (full story)

Another Cool Arctic Summer - Monday, August 25, 2014

For the second summer in a row temperatures north of 80N latitude have trended at or below average. As you can see in the graph below, the mean average temperatures this summer have trended below normal. The green line represents normal temperatures (full story)

Western Drought - Monday, August 18, 2014

Depending on where you may reside in the west, the news has been better or worse in regards to the current drought situation affecting many areas of the far west and portions of the southern Rockies. The map below shows the current drought status (full story)

Growing Degree Days in the Corn Belt - Monday, August 11, 2014

Plant growth, whether it is alfalfa or corn needs heat, water and sun to grow. One very reliable way to track how far along or how far behind a crop is developing is to use something called “growing degree days”. Growing degrees days are (full story)

Soil Moisture - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

We are all well aware of the severe drought in California and other portions of the far west and northwest, however, there have been a few other pockets of dryness across other portions of the U.S. as well. Thankfully, the other “pockets (full story)

Summer Rains - Monday, July 28, 2014

As we leave July and head into August, let’s take a look at rainfall so far this summer season across the lower 48 states. The graphic below shows the percentage of total rainfall as compared to 30 year normal values over the past two months. (full story)

Quiet Sun - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You may have recently heard or read in the news that the sun has “gone quiet”. Over the past week, for the first time since 2011, the sun had a day where no sunspots were observed (see image below). We may very well see other days this (full story)

August Outlook - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It will be a cool week ahead for most of the nation from the Rockies east to the plains, Corn Belt and Midwest. July is already half over with no prolonged heat wave expected in the short term. As we look ahead into August all indications suggest (full story)

Polar Vortex in the Summer? - Tuesday, July 08, 2014

We all heard a lot about the so called polar vortex during the course of this past winter as very cold air from the polar regions visited many areas of the U.S. last winter. For many folks in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, the summer version (full story)

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