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AgDay Daily Recap -January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 28, 2014

 

COLD WEATHER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ARCTIC AIR IS AGAIN SETTLING INTO MUCH OF THE MIDWEST. AND RESIDENTS ARE FEELING THE COLD IN THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES AS WELL AS THEIR POCKETS.

DAKOTA INTERSTATES:

ON SUNDAY, A BLIZZARD CLOSED ON INTERSTATES 94 AND 29 - TWO MAJOR ROUTES THROUGH THE STATE. WIND GUSTS WERE NEARLY 70 MILES AN HOUR. THE HIGHWAYS WERE RE-OPENED ON MONDAY AS VISIBILITY IMPROVED. BUT COLD IS STILL A CONCERN. THE ENTIRE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA UNDER WIND CHILL WARNINGS AND WIND CHILL ADVISORES AS TEMPS ONLY REACHED A NEGATIVE FIVE DEGREES. LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN TO SEE WHEN THIS ARCTIC BLAST WILL LET-UP, MIKE.

CROP WATCH:

SNOW ROLLERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN BUTLER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ONE. IT'S ABOUT A FOOT IN DIAMETER. IT TAKES JUST THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF FACTORS TO CREATE THE PHENOMENON. IT'S BASICALLY A LARGE, CYLINDRICAL SNOWBALL THAT HAPPENS WHEN CHUNKS OF SNOW ARE BLOWN ALONG THE GROUND BY THE WIND. AND ON THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM - TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PHOTO FROM CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO.  HIGH WINDS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR BLOWING COUNTLESS TUMBLEWEEDS AROUND TOWN. THIS HOUSE AS YOU CAN SEE IS COMPLETELY SURROUNDED AND IT WASN'T THE ONLY IN PLACE IN TOWN WITH THE PROBLEM. RAINS LAST SUMMER GROW THE WEEDS...MOST COMMONLY RUSSIAN THISTLE. NOW WINDS ARE NOW HELPING TO DISTRIBUTE.

CANADA EXPLOSION:

AS THE BITTER COLD SETTLED OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS THIS PAST WEEKEND, U-S RESIDENTS NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER WERE ASKED TO CONSERVE NATURAL GAS BY TURNING DOWN THEIR FURNACES. A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE OPERATED BY TRANSCANADA CORP EXPLODED IN THE CANADIAN PROVINCE OF MANITOBA ON SATURDAY. GAS SUPPLIES WERE SHUT-OFF TO THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS, INCLUDING IN FARGO NORTH DAKOTA. AND WHILE THE FIRE WAS PUT-OUT BY SATURDAY EVENING, THE NATURAL GAS LINE HAD TO BE SHUT-OFF SO REPAIRS COULD BE MADE.

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