(Omaha) The cold wet weather pattern is here to stay, at least through the end of April, according DTN, Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. He says the current weather pattern has been hanging over us for the past two months and it is caused by the weather in the far northern latitudes of the Arctic Region
“There has been a real persistent negative Arctic oscillation, which is a north to south temperature comparison, that goes on in that part of the world that has allowed the northern Polar jet stream to continue to plunge to the south.”
Anderson says the result has been a sustained push of very cold conditions relative for the season extending all the way from the Canadian Prairies south through the Midwest and at this point we continue to see that.
“In the next ten days I don’t think we are going to shake this real quickly at all,” explained Anderson. “And because of that we are looking for a slow situation as far as field work and we are going to have the issues of wet ground and cool soils.”
Anderson says it is going to take awhile to dry out the wet ground in order to support germination of seeds. He says the rest of April is pretty much out of it as far as field work with the way things have gone the last three weeks or so.
He says the longer range forecast, which is June through August, is setting up to be below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures.
April 18, 2013