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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)

Big June Rains - Monday, June 30, 2014

Not that long ago a lot of folks were clamoring for rain in many areas of the Corn Belt, the Midwest and portions of the central and northern plains. Now in so areas, folks would like a bit of a break from the rain. Rainfall in the month of June (full story)

Early Summer Update - Monday, June 23, 2014

As we leave June and head into July, our long range forecast for summer appears to be on track. The month of June has been a cool one for many. This is especially true across the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains where temperatures have been (full story)

Modest Drought Improvement - Monday, June 16, 2014

Drought conditions persist in many areas of the U.S., especially in the far west, southwest and in the Southern Plains. However, if we take a look at drought conditions a year ago from this week we find that there has been some modest improvement (full story)

Big Rain - Monday, June 09, 2014

Late May and early June has been very productive in many areas of the Southern and western High Plains where drought conditions have been very stubborn since 2012. Last week we discussed big rain in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. (full story)

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