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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)

Some Rain in the Plains - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The much anticipated rains in the Southern Plains and Rockies did materialize over the past week as a slow moving storm system traversed the Great Basin and the central and southern Rockies. The best precipitation in months fell across portions (full story)

Southern Plains Rain - Monday, May 19, 2014

Finally there is some good news for some of the very dry areas of the central and southern plains of the U.S. For stock growers in Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and portions of New Mexico we are happy to report that the next one to two weeks will (full story)

June Outlook - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This spring season has been trying for many. From recent spells of severe weather to late season snows to continued coolness in many areas. While there have been bouts of warmer weather and short glimpses of summer, there have been on consistent per (full story)

El Nino Update and Wet Weather for Many - Monday, May 05, 2014

As we get deeper into 2014 and observe the continued drought conditions in California, the Desert states and portions of the southern Rockies and Southern Plains it is vitally important to keep tabs on a possible developing El Nino later this year (full story)

Any Signs of Summer Yet? - Monday, April 28, 2014

Simply put…no. While there have been some brief warm ups across the U.S. this spring, we have not had any prolonged spell of any consistently warm weather yet (with the exception of the far west and southwest).   A peak into early May (full story)

Drought Status - Monday, April 21, 2014

Drought is still impacting many beef producers across the USA, especially in the Southern Plains, Desert Southwest and far west/California. There are a few “stubborn” areas that refuse to go away. This is especially true in Texas, New (full story)

May Outlook - Monday, April 14, 2014

April is half over but it seems winter in many areas is not! There will likely be more opportunities for colder than normal temperatures and episodes of unseasonably late snow in many areas before the month is over. Lots of snow cover remains in Can (full story)

Hay Outlook - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The outlook weather wise for this year’s hay crop is a mixed bag, however, overall the picture is much brighter at this time than it was a year ago. Hay prices, while still high, have eased some and the prospects for an overall better hay (full story)

April Showers - Monday, March 31, 2014

We are entering into the time of year where precipitation amounts on average will increase across most of the nation. April, May and June for many in key cattle states are critical months in regards to getting the rain/snow needed for a healthy hay (full story)

April Outlook - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April will likely continue the same trends we have been experiencing across the USA since December. This means where it has been cold it will be cold, where it has been wet it will be wet, etc. As you can see in our outlook below, April (full story)

More Cold Coming - Monday, March 17, 2014

The first day of Spring 2014 is this Thursday, March 20th.  The first day of spring is also known as the Spring Equinox as the Earth begins to tilt back toward the sun. The days get longer, the nights get shorter and the northern latitudes begi (full story)

Is El Nino Coming? - Monday, March 10, 2014

Over the past week there have been news reports that in the coming year El Nino (warmer than normal temperatures in the sub tropical Pacific) is expected to develop. These news reports heralded this possible development as great news for drought (full story)

Snowpack Update - Monday, March 03, 2014

Most of the attention this winter has been focused in the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast where harsh winter weather has reigned supreme and with good reason as this winter will end up as one of the coldest and snowiest in decades for some areas. (full story)

California Rain & Snow - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The most significant precipitation event in over a year will be taking place all along the west coast and especially California. While the rain will certainly not end the severe drought it will certainly put a small dent into it.  While the (full story)

Sneak Peak into March - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The brutal winter of 2013/2014 continues to rage on. The rest of February will certainly try the patience of many across the USA as more cold, snowy and stormy weather will persist during the last days of February. As we look ahead into March ther (full story)

No Rest for Winter Weary - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

So far February has continued the harsh winter ways we saw in December and January. For those of you tired of the cold, ice and snow from the Rockies to the east the news is not good. Not only will there be more cold intrusions from the Great (full story)

February Outlook - Monday, January 27, 2014

For many in the Northern Plains, Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast there already has been enough winter weather to fill a whole season in the months of December and January. It has been one of the coldest/snowiest winters in a long time and we are (full story)

Western Drought - Monday, January 20, 2014

We have been talking a lot about the cold and snow in the nation’s midsection this winter and for good reason. There is more cold weather and snow and more hardship for beef producers in many areas of the central and east for the rest of the (full story)

Winter Pattern Continues to Hold - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What we have experienced over the past several weeks (drought and warm in the far west and big cold and snow in the nation’s midsection) is likely going to continue through the rest of January. A strong ridge of high pressure will maintain (full story)

Some Relief but Still Stormy - Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The news making Arctic outbreak over the past several days will begin to ease significantly by mid to late in the week for many of you in the Upper Midwest, Corn Belt, Great Lakes and Northeast. Temperatures will moderate as the bitter cold air pool (full story)

New Year Cold - Thursday, January 02, 2014

Over the past several weeks this blog has been discussing the potential for some real cold weather for many areas of the country as we head into the New Year. Several key ingredients for a cold January were coming together over the past month to set (full story)

Holiday Weather Outlook - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dreaming of a white Christmas? If so, your dreams may come true in many areas of the U.S. as we head into the end of this week and through the New Year. Another round of cold, ice and snow will develop late this week and weekend from the Rockies (full story)

Some Easing of the Cold but still Chilly - Monday, December 09, 2013

As anticipated an Arctic chill has descended on the USA. Record cold was reported last week and over the weekend in many areas of the west, Rockies and northern plains. Some locations set all time record lows and others tied or nearly tied all time (full story)

Bitter Cold to Invade Much of the Nation in the Week Ahead - Monday, December 02, 2013

Over the past few weeks very cold air has been pooling in northwest Siberia and the North Slope of Alaska. Some of this cold air did move into the Great Lakes and eastern part of the USA during the Thanksgiving week and weekend while the west was (full story)

Blocking Patterns and Arctic Surges - Monday, November 25, 2013

Last week we hinted at the possibility of sharply colder conditions across many areas of the USA as we head into December. Since then, our confidence is growing that a large portion of the USA will experience very cold temperatures for the first (full story)

A Peek into Early December - Monday, November 18, 2013

At this moment in time a year ago, winter was having a hard time getting going. November 2012 was a warm month of most of the lower 48 states with very little in the way of winter weather reported for most of the month. So far, November 2013 has bee (full story)

Winter to Start Setting In Second Half of November - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This past week brought a pretty good shot of colder air into the nation’s midsection along with a little bit of snow. After a slow start to November, the remainder of the month is likely to be colder and unsettled for most of the USA. Stock (full story)

Update on Winter Outlook - Thursday, November 07, 2013

Now that we are into November it is time to take a look at patterns and how the early months of winter are looking across the USA. As we now, the Fall of 2013 has been much colder and unsettled as compared to the Fall of 2012 which was quite mild (full story)

Big Improvements Over the Past Year - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Although we are not done with 2013 it has already shown to be a big improvement for many areas of the USA in regards to precipitation as compared to the very dry year of 2012. As we all remember, 2012 was an extremely dry year for many stock grow (full story)

Hazardous Livestock Weather Over the Next Two Weeks in Many Areas - Monday, October 21, 2013

October 2013 started off with a historic and devastating blizzard across South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. Since then it has been colder than normal for many areas of the Rockies and adjacent states to the east, while temperatures have been warmer (full story)

Rest of October and Arctic Oscillation - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The month of October has been a cold and stormy one for the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains. All indications suggest there is more cold weather on the way not only for the Rockies and Plains but for many areas of the Corn Belt and east as well. (full story)

An October Storm to Remember - Monday, October 07, 2013

It was just a week or so ago that temperatures in the Rockies and Central and Northern Plains were in the 70s and 80s and many areas had gone through record amounts of rain and flooding.  Then October arrived. For folks in Wyoming, South (full story)

Something for Everyone - Monday, September 30, 2013

The first full week of October will bring a wide variety of weather to the USA as seasons change.   We foresee some very warm weather in the eastern USA, another shot of cold and snow for the Rockies and even the Northern Plains, we may also (full story)

El Nino or La Nina this Winter? - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It is that time of year when we take a very close look at water temperatures in the subtropical Pacific Ocean as water temperatures can play a large role on how the last part of fall and the winter season will unfold. A little refresher. El Nino (full story)

Wet West - Monday, September 16, 2013

The intense rainfall over the Rockies and western plains has grabbed headlines over the past week, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. Severe damage, loss of property and life is still being assessed as of this writing.   The past week (full story)

October Outlook - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

After a very warm start to September the temperature trend across most of the USA will begin to go slowly downward as the month comes to a close. This will be especially true over the western states during the last ten days of September when some (full story)

Drought Status - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Although there are still plenty of sunny, warm days ahead for many of you, summer is winding down. This is a good opportunity to look back and see how the summer of 2013 has performed, especially in regards to precipitation and whether or not drough (full story)

Changes in September - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August is finishing up on a hot note in many areas. The heat is likely going to continue into the first week of September before cooler temperatures arrive and the start to the end of summer will commence. The first shot of cooler air will move (full story)

Cool Start, Hot Finish to August - Monday, August 19, 2013

For the first 18 days of August the lower 48 states have seen temperatures average 2.48 F below normal. While temperatures have been above normal from the Pacific Northwest through the Great Basin as well as the far southern plains, the rest of the (full story)

A Peak at September - Monday, August 12, 2013

Now that we are at the midway point in August we can take a peak into what September may look like across the lower 48 states. So far, August has been a month of near normal to below normal temperatures for most of the nation east of the Rockies (full story)

Cool Summer for Many - Monday, August 05, 2013

For you folk in the Far West, Great Basin, Pacific Northwest and areas of New England you have had a lot of hot weather this summer. However, the rest of the nation has been much cooler and in some areas downright cooler, especially when compared (full story)

Hay Production Better this Summer - Monday, July 29, 2013

 The cooler temperatures and increased precipitation this summer as compared to the summer of 2012 has led to a modest increase in USA hay harvested acreage projections between the March Prospective Plantings and June Acreage reports.  (full story)

Crop Progress and Growing Degree Days - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

 With July winding down and as we head into the “Dog Days of Summer” we will be keeping a close watch on crop progress across the Corn Belt and Midwest. The cooler than normal temperatures that developed this spring have continued (full story)

Summer 2013 Compared to Summer 2012 - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

By this time last year, very hot and dry weather had settled into many areas of the United States. Just after the Fourth of July last year, temperatures were boiling in the nation’s mid-section. Very dry conditions had already developed from (full story)

Hot in the West, Cool in the East - Sunday, July 07, 2013

When it comes to the weather, the nation will be split in half through the first half of July. The heat will continue in the far west, while most of the nation east of the Rockies will remain a bit cooler than normal. The strong ridge of high pres (full story)

North American Monsoon - Monday, June 24, 2013

Not to be confused with its counterpart in India, the North American Monsoon is a vitally important source of rain during the summer season over many areas of the Desert Southwest, the central and southern Rockies and portions of western southern (full story)

Summer Heat and Cattle Stress - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

At this time last year, much of the lower 48 had experienced some very hot weather. So far, the summer of 2013 has started off with no major or prolonged heat waves. However, it won’t be long before we encounter of periods of extended heat (full story)

Pasture and Range Conditions - Monday, June 03, 2013

When it comes to pasture and range conditions across the lower 48 states, there has been some improvement in many areas, while many areas are still suffering and still feeling the impacts of the 2012 drought. The spell of cooler and wet weather (full story)

June Outlook - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer still has yet to kick into gear in many areas, just ask folks in New England where up to 18 inches of snow fell in some of the higher mountains of New England this past weekend! However, as June progresses we should finally get into the swing (full story)

Is Summer Coming? - Monday, May 13, 2013

For most of the nation east of the Rockies it has been a very cold spring so far, in fact as of this writing it will likely be a night of record cold across the eastern portions of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and northern Appalachia. However (full story)

May Precipitation for the Southern Plains and Rockies? - Monday, May 06, 2013

For the past few weeks we have spent a lot of time talking about the record cold and snow for many areas of the USA in March and especially April. For good reason, April was a record month in regards to cold and precipitation (especially snow) for (full story)

May Will be Off to a Cold Start - Monday, April 29, 2013

The stormy and cold weather that dominated the month of April is going to continue into the first week to ten days for many areas of the country from the Rockies east. Any big warm up is on hold. Only in the far west and southwest United States (full story)

April Snowstorms put dent in High Plains Drought - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April has been an amazing month of heavy snow producing snow storms across the Rockies and adjacent plains as well as the Upper Midwest. Snowfall totals have been nothing short of amazing in many areas along temperatures that are trending to be the (full story)

Outlook for May - Monday, April 15, 2013

As we head into the back side of April it is time to look ahead and see what May will bring to cattleman across the USA.   However, before we dive into May, let’s take a quick peek at what the rest of April will bring. April has (full story)

Is it Spring Yet? - Monday, April 08, 2013

The answer, for some folks is no. Although there have been some hints of warmer, spring like conditions this month, there still has been plenty of chilly weather at times across some portions of the USA. In the week ahead, we will have more winter (full story)

Will There be April Showers? - Monday, April 01, 2013

You know how the saying goes…April showers bring May flowers (and hopefully green rangelands). Will April come through for us in regards to precipitation across the USA or will we see the drought worsen in many areas? Before we get into (full story)

What a Difference a Year Makes - Monday, March 25, 2013

Over the past few weeks we have been discussing how March was likely going to be a rough month for many areas of the Uunited States. Other than the Desert Southwest and far west, most of the nation has experienced much below normal temperatures and (full story)

March Will End on a Cold Note - Monday, March 18, 2013

While many areas from the west coast and into the west slope of the Rockies have had a fairly mild March, all of the rest of the U.S., from the central Plains to the east coast has had a cooler than normal start to the month. For the rest of March (full story)

A Busy March will Continue to March on! - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The first week of March started off with a bang! Two major storm systems hit the lower 48 states over the past week. More big snows came and went or the northeast, Corn Belt, Appalachia and more snow and rain for some of the central plains. (full story)

March Off to a Stormy Start - Monday, March 04, 2013

March may have come in like a lamb this past week, but will be roaring like a lion over the next few weeks. There will be two major storm system affecting the lower 48 states this week and into the following weekend. Both storms will have major (full story)

Stormy Weather - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Another major winter storm will impact the nation’s midsection this week promising another round of harsh winter weather to many areas. This next storm is quite similar to the storm that impacted many of the same areas the weekend of February (full story)

Weather Blog: Wild weekend of storms and busy stretch of weather ahead - Monday, February 11, 2013

Two major storm systems dominated the weather landscape across the nation over the past weekend. Of course, the big headline grabber was the big “Nor’easter” that hammered New England with over three feet of snow in many areas and (full story)

Weekend storm for the Central Plains - Monday, February 04, 2013

With great interest, we will be watching a Pacific storm system slowly  move into the Four Corners region of the Rockies this weekend. This will be the first major "Four Corners Low" will have seen since October. This storm system holds some (full story)

Where are we with the drought? - Monday, January 28, 2013

Despite colder and sometimes snowy weather pattern in many areas of the USA since mid December, we have seen very little or no significant help with the drought situation across the lower 48 states. There have been some very small improvements (full story)

Weather Blog: February Outlook - Monday, January 21, 2013

All indications suggest that February will start off cold for many areas of the lower 48 states. The cold weather that began during the second week of January for many areas east of the Rockies will likely continue into February. The jet stream patt (full story)

Weather Blog: More Cold Coming - Monday, January 14, 2013

The bitter cold that rolled into the Rockies late last week and into the weekend will move east into the Midwest and Great Lakes and later in the week into New England. Cold air will also overspread some of the southern plains and will push into area (full story)

Weather Blog: Polar Express - Monday, January 07, 2013

After a slow start to the winter season, most of the USA has experienced colder temperatures, snow and unsettled weather since mid December. Even snow fell in El Paso, TX and some of the far southern plains over the past week. However, the colder wea (full story)

Weather Blog: Week Ahead and Arctic Oscillations - Monday, December 31, 2012

The week ahead is not looking as stormy as the past two weeks, however, continue to expect cold temperatures in many areas and still some chances for snow in the Great Lakes, New England and the Upper Plains States. Some pretty good rains are expecte (full story)

Holiday Weather and January 2013 Outlook - Monday, December 24, 2012

The stormy weather we discussed last week came to fruition with a good old fashioned blizzard across many areas of the Rockies and especially Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin. Despite the nasty weather, the snowfall was great to see as the most precipita (full story)

Weather Blog: Stormy weather for the holidays - Monday, December 17, 2012

There is good news and bad news across the lower 48 states for the last two weeks of December and into the first week of the New Year. Here’s the bad news first. Cold and stormy weather will move across most of the nation, causing airport delay (full story)

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