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Ring of Fire - Monday, July 24, 2017

For many of you who live in the Midwest and Corn Belt you are probably familiar with what is known as the “Ring of Fire.” While the “Ring of Fire” is sometimes used to describe the ring of volcanoes in the Pacific Basin (full story)

Precipitation Patterns and Dry Areas - Monday, July 10, 2017

Below is a map showing soil moisture anomalies as of July 8. The green areas show above normal soil moisture, white near normal and brown/yellow areas showing soil moisture deficits. A large area of the USA east of the Mississippi has good moisture (full story)

Northern Plains Dryness - Monday, July 3, 2017

Areas of dryness continue to increase across some areas of the Northern Plains and drought conditions have developed across portions of the Dakotas and eastern Montana. The most recent drought monitor is showing the worst conditions across eastern (full story)

Heat to Kick Western Monsoon into Gear - Monday, June 26, 2017

The heat making recent headlines in the Desert Southwest over the past week is key to understanding the development of what is known as the “western monsoon” season in the Desert Southwest and portions of the Southern and Central Rockies (full story)

Summer Heat Building - Monday, June 19, 2017

So far the month of June has been warm in the Northern and Central Plains as well as portions of the Rockies and Desert Southwest. However, the far east and the far west have been cooler relative to normal. There have been some episodes of hot (full story)

Areas of Dryness - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The graphic below shows precipitation over the past 30 days across the central and western states. The white, green and blue areas show above normal precipitation while brown and gray show below normal precipitation since the middle of May. There (full story)

Drier Trends and Wildfire Outlook - Monday, June 5, 2017

We are all aware of the deadly wildfires across the Central and Southern Plains this past winter season. As we headed into summer and ultimately drier weather conditions our concern for more wildfires will be increasing over the next several months. (full story)

Western Wet Season Coming to a Close - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What a water year it has been in many areas of the western states. Since October, precipitation has been heavy in many areas and drought conditions have eased in many areas. Of course, the big winner has been California and the Sierra snowpack, howe (full story)

The Month of May - Thursday, May 25, 2017

May has been a month of ups and downs across the lower 48 states. There have been some big warmups and big cool downs. Big rain and big snow has been reported in many areas so far this month and will a little more than a week to go, there is likely (full story)

Snow in May - Monday, May 15, 2017

It does not happen a lot, but snow in May happens more often than many think. Just ask the folks in New England who were treated with some Mother’s Day weekend cold and snow. While the New England snow will quickly melt as warmer temperatures (full story)

Drought Status Across the USA - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The graphic below highlights the current drought condition status across the United States as of last week (May 2). The level of drought is at a very low level as we head into late spring and early summer. It is a remarkable turn of events in reg (full story)

April Ends Wet in the West and Central U.S. - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The month of April ended cool and wet in many areas across the USA. The coolest and most wet areas were found in the central west-central and some western states. After a relatively dry and mild March in the central portions of the USA, April revers (full story)

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