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It’s the time of year where towering thunderheads are a common sight on the Plains. Storm activity was prevalent in May. Several rounds of severe storms impacted the southern Plains with tornadoes to even hail up to 4 inches (softball sized) reported near Snyder, Texas. Read more

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Although some received it in the form of snow that they would rather leave in the last season, moisture kept drought from re-emerging for parts of the Plains during April. Read more

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Great Plains, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kubota North America Corporation, has announced a $53 million expansion project and 750,000-square-feet building purchase to further invest in its Salina, Kansas, operations in support of growing demand for Kubota construction equipment. Read more

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Matt Rice has joined the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, St. Louis, Missouri, as membership director. Rice, of Godfrey, Illinois, previously was director of projects and grants for Congressman John Shimkus. The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, which is headquartered in St. Louis, represents about 700 companies from throughout North America that manufacture shortline equipment. Read more

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Drought conditions continued to get worse in parts of the central United States in the past month. Unfortunately, the forecast into the next few months doesn’t look to bring much relief. Read more

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While some portions of the Plains picked up much needed moisture during the month of June, the rain seemed to miss some spots that needed it. Not only did missing out on rain increase dryness in some places, strong winds and heat helped to keep drought issues ongoing.  Read more

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Hail near Centerview, Kansas, left a view looking more like winter as an April 19 storm dropped 4 to 5 inches of hail accumulation, according to the National Weather Service. This was just one particular storm. Read more

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If you want to be an optimist, by meteorological standards, spring has arrived! But if you’re waiting for the astronomical seasons you still have roughly a few weeks to wait. Read more

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Precipitation that fell during the month of November in parts of Texas left some thankful as drought conditions improved there, but abnormally dry conditions remained in close to half of the state toward the end of the month. Read more

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We are in the midst of peak hurricane season and tropical activity left its mark in Texas in September. Tropical Storm Imelda brought very heavy rain, which prompted flash flood emergency conditions in parts of the state last month, according to the National Weather Service. Read more

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Rainfall continued to be plentiful during August in parts of the Plains. Aug. 11 and 12 were notable days in some spots as record setting rainfall fell in places like Goodland and Concordia, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska, and Pierre, South Dakota. The highest total of those locations was Omaha with 3.19 inches of rain coming down on Aug. 11. Read more

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The past month has included a mix of conditions across the plains. As fall goes on and temperatures trend colder, precipitation chances tend to include the possibility of snow for parts of the plains. Read more

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The last days of summer are approaching and El Niño–Southern Oscillation-neutral has been in control for the summer months. A switch to El Niño is still favored sometime in the fall with oceanic and atmospheric conditions expected to reflect the change. Read more

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Some pockets of beneficial rain in July led to improvement to the drought situation in parts of the Plains, while others dealt with ongoing or worsening drought conditions. Read more

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Portions of the Plains were certainly wishing and praying for April showers as the lack of needed moisture continued. As we get farther into 2018, the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles continue to see very little precipitation with some parts of those areas only picking up around a half inch of precipitation in the last six months. Read more

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Before winter officially began, snow came down in parts of Texas and the South during the early part of December, but one event certainly doesn’t make an entire season. Read more