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Dry conditions stick around heading into New Year

A principal atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions says dry and above-normal conditions will stick around the Midwest through the end of the year.

Eric Snodgrass says this isn’t great news for the widespread drought in the short-term, but the back half of winter might have more moisture.

“Expect, come January, things to uptick as El Nino moves past its peak and we start to see different regimes,” he says. “Watch Alaska. As soon as it starts to get warm in Alaska, then we’re on. That’s the transition we’ll have to watch.”

Snodgrass says it’s too soon to know the spring weather outlook.

“We can have spring undo any problem winter gives us. Let’s imagine winter doesn’t come in harsh and then, if we were to turn into a wet pattern in late March to early April, months of drought can be undone in a span of weeks.”

He says it will be a winter of patience for farmers and ranchers navigating the drought.

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