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Next heatwave could cause major crop stress

A climatologist says a major upper air change last week led the longest warmup since at least March and another heatwave is on its way.

“These conditions are going to continue for at least another one to two weeks.”        

Jeff Andresen with Michigan State University says the warmup also means crops with poor root development are at risk for heat stress.

“This is, unfortunately, one of the risks that we have with such a type of spring like this.”       

He says a tropical storm Barry in the Mexican Gulf could affect the weather by next weekend.

“It’s going to be hot, humid, similar to what we saw the first week of July.  There’s one wide card to that and that is Barry.”      

U.S. models suggest the system will hit the Ohio River Valley while the European models are calling for the system to move further west and north.

By late next week, Andresen says precipitation should be normal to slightly above normal.

Jeff Andresen’s weather outlook during MSU virtual breakfast

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