Weather Blog

Weather Blog

Date: 11/16/2015

Title: Colder Temperatures Coming

While colder temperatures and snow has invaded the Rockies and western High Plains over the past week, most of the rest of the nation has enjoyed mild November temperatures. However, this is all about to change as we head into the last half of November. 

Long range charts and jet stream trends indicate that much colder air will overspread  the Rockies, far west and western plains later this week and will spread east this weekend and into Thanksgiving week.
Beef producers should be ready for a transition to a more winter like weather pattern coast to coast over the next couple of weeks. Much colder temperatures, wind and snow will hit portions of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas early this week. The penetration of colder air will stop in the western portions of the Corn Belt.
However, a reinforcing shot of colder air will move south out of western Canada and into the Rockies and High Plains by Friday and into this weekend. Some of this colder air will push more eastward into the nation’s midsection this weekend and early next week.
There will be a slight pause in the cold air surges early next week, however, by the middle of next week and near Thanksgiving Day, the coldest air of the season will move south out of Canada and south into most of the U.S. and especially along and east of the Rockies and all the way to the east coast.  
The outbreak of cold will be by far, the biggest surge of cold air this season. It may penetrate fairly far to the south, perhaps into the Gulf Coast states between Thanksgiving weekend and into the first several days of December. 

Beef producers should be ready to shift gears and get ready for more of winter pattern across the country during the last half of November and into early December. Much colder  temperatures and more frequent periods of snow, ice and wind can be expected across a large portion of the nation, especially after the Thanksgiving weekend.


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