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.
After a lack of moisture in April, some were left wishing for May showers. Drought conditions intensified or spread into more of Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma as May progressed.
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.
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.
Wintry weather brought stress to producers from the northern Plains into the central Plains during the month of January as several systems rolled across those areas.
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.
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.
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 wit…
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.
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.
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.
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 …
A month is already in the books for 2018 and while there have been some day-to-day or week-by-week changes in short term weather locally, the big picture remains the same.
Some may approach the upcoming season with dread, but it is inevitable: winter is coming. As we get closer to the official start of the winter season, the biggest question this time of year always revolves around what type of season to expect.