Farmers are in a tricky spot because of excessive rain, and it’s likely going to keep coming. According to BAMWX meteorologists, farmers in the central U.S. will likely see 2” or more rainfall in the next 10 days.
“And I think, on a scale of one to 10, the probability of it [this forecast] being wrong is probably just a two or three,” said Michael Clark, BAMWX meteorologist to AgriTalk Host Chip Flory Thursday. “There’s so much support amongst all the ensemble members and in all the operational runs and the only thing they’ve done in the last two days is trended wetter.”
It’s typical to start seeing drying trends this time of year.
“We’ve done some research and over the last several months, dating back to 1893 this is the wettest period ever,” Clark added. “It’s the wettest it’s ever been.”
This weather pattern could continue later into the year.
“The hard part is just trying to find out when it [the rain] is going to relent,” said Kirk Hinz, BAMWX meteorologist. “There’s just no way the precipitation is going to shut off in an El Nino [year] because El Nino means an active subtropical jet stream when it runs into an eastern U.S. ridge and as it clashes with it, it creates substantial rainfall as we’ve seen this year. The signals in the extended [forecast] are continuing that and it’s hard to find something that doesn’t have that.”
Listen in to the AgriTalk segment below to hear more forecasts by state: