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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: November 16, 2018

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We’ve already made it to the middle of November and it’s an early Thanksgiving less than a week away. The first half of the month has brought us a variety of weather in the form of wind, fog, and unusual warmth and cold, but really not much in the way of precipitation. Most farms have received less than a quarter inch which is under 25 percent of normal for the first half of November, and this is normally one of our wetter months in the Columbia Basin. But, If you still need to catch up on late fall field work, you’re in luck, as mostly dry weather is likely this weekend all the way through Thanksgiving Day. We may have to deal another round of freezing fog though as a high pressure ridge builds across the pacific northwest Sunday into Wednesday. The weather pattern starts to become more active again Thursday which should eliminate the stagnant conditions. Our next chance for some light rain may not arrive until late Saturday or Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Yesterday, NOAA’s Climate prediction center issued the outlook for December and also for January through March. It’s calling for temperatures to average above normal for the next 4 months. At this time, they are less confident if precipitation will be above or below normal in the Pacific northwest, but are more confident of wet conditions in the southern tier of states which is a typical el Nino pattern.

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