Meteorologist: a “character-building” year continues
Brownfield meteorologist Greg Soulje says 2019 continues to be a “character building” year when it comes to weather.
“Let’s just say the weather forecasters, we will not have our feet up on the desk at all over the next 60 to 90 days. It looks to be active and moisture-laden.”
He says some farmers in Nebraska, parts of Iowa, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois are already experiencing harvest delays from warmer, wetter weather.
“That will be the focal point area again and points west across the Dakotas as it will see the frequent rounds of showers and thunderstorm activity. I wouldn’t be surprised if severe weather becomes a headline.”
Soulje says it could be the beginning of November before there is any significant frost or hard freeze across most of the corn belt.
“But the flip side to that will be increasing wet weather concerns with time later in through the month of October and November as you translate across the eastern corn belt into Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.”
Soulje adds that excessive rainfall in the upper Midwest and northern plains is negatively impacting the quality of the spring wheat crop and he is predicting more rain and later snow to reach that region in the coming months.
He tells Brownfield tropical storms remain active adding to the above normal rainfall in the plains and Midwest.