Hazardous Livestock Weather Over the Next Two Weeks in Many Areas
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 in the far west and far eastern areas of the USA.
This week will bring a shot of colder air into Upper Midwest and Great Lakes while the Rockies and far west will enjoy a nice stretch of fall weather. Some late effect snows will be possible and temperatures will plunge into freezing territory over portions of the Upper Midwest and even sections of central and northern Corn Belt by the end of the week.
Therefore, stock growers in the above mentioned areas should be prepared for a taste of cold and some rain/snow in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Corn Belt while stock growers in the Rockies get a break (albeit a temporary one) this week and into the weekend.
As you can see in the 6 to 10 day outlook from the National Weather Service, the core of the cold air will settle all the way south into the lower Mississippi Valley sending temperatures plunging to near or below freezing in the deep south.
For the following week, stock growers should be prepared for another wave of cold. While this week will have the cold centered in the nation’s mid section, the next wave of cold will penetrate further to the west.
By next Monday and Tuesday, expect falling temperatures and likely snow to break out over the northern and central Rockies and northern and central High Plains. Snow will likely push at least as far south as Denver and perhaps farther south into New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle by next Monday or Tuesday.
Hazardous livestock conditions should be expected next week from the Rockies and points east from next Monday through next Friday or Saturday. Halloween week is likely going to be a very cold and stormy week for most areas with the exception of the west coast.
All indications continue to suggest that this cold and stormy October is likely going to be followed by more cold periods in November, December and January resulting in the winter of 2013/2014 being much colder in many areas than the winter of 2012/2013.