The 2016 meteorological summer (June-July-August) recently closed out, and NOAA provided a recap. Summer temperatures in the U.S. clocked in at 2.1°F higher than the 20th century average, giving it the fifth warmest summer on record, tied with 2006. From a precipitation standpoint, the U.S. saw 0.60 more rainfall than average during the summer months, tying it with 1923 as the 24th wettest summer on record.
But the higher-than-normal temperatures were largely fueled by anomalies on the East and West Coast regions. The Midwest saw largely normal summertime temperatures, with the exception of warmer temperatures creeping into the eastern Corn Belt.
Meantime, large areas of the Corn Belt received between 125% and 200% of normal rainfall during the summer months.
Now that meteorological fall is here, farmers can expect some cooler temperatures to arrive. But according to AgDay meteorologist Mike Hoffman, depending on where they live, they might not see them for at least another week.
“Taking a look at temperatures this week, [we’ll have] above-normal from eastern Texas through the mid-Atlantic states and most of the Southeast as well, near-normal for the Great Lakes, but below normal for Nebraska and parts of Kansas into the southwestern sections of the country.”
Hoffman is also expecting above-normal precipitation for most of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and southwest into Texas and New Mexico. For his full farm forecast, watch this video:
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