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Summer Heat on the Way

May 26, 2011
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

Sunshine and heat are in the forecasts for much of the country. The latest “6-to-10 Day Outlook” from the National Weather Service shows a strong warming pattern.

Here’s the map (click to enlarge):
6 10 Day NOAA Outlook
The orange-red colors indicate above normal temperatures. The darker the shading, the greater is the level of forecaster confidence. The numbers labeling the contours separating different shades gives the probability that the indicated category (A, B, or N) will occur.
QT Weather Meteorologist Allen Motew reported in a recent forecast that during the next week, the Eastern U.S. will receive a brief taste of summertime. “A week from today, summertime heat will occur from Kansas to Alabama to Virginia. Temperatures will be 12 degrees above the norm in Kansas to Illinois and 8-16 degrees above normal from Texas to Virginia.”
In Texas, Motew reports, 105-110 F degrees will be seen. Temperatures in Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are expected to reach 100 F, while Illinois, Indiana and Virginia are expected to reach 95 degrees.
Motew expects a “mini” heat spell to initially build over the Memorial Day weekend and peak June 1. Following the warmth, another strong spring storm and trough moves into the Plains.
For more weather-related news and the latest forecasts, visit AgWeb’s Weather section.



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