Ag Weather Impacts

Ag Weather Impacts

Dennis Hull
Dennis Hull
The summer solstice is today at 854 am and today represents the longest daylight period of the year. Sunrise to sunset today in the Columbia Basin ranges from 15 hours 42 minutes in the Pendleton area to around 15 hours and 55 minutes in Ellensburg and Moses Lake areas. Yesterday, though Spring got one last dig with snow being reported in the Blue Mountains above 5000 feet. Other than the one to two tenths of an inch of rain in the Walla Walla area, most farms in the basin got only sprinkles. A few light showers are possible again today and then it should be dry into the early part of next week. Although warmer than Thursday, today still won't feel very summery with temperatures 10 degrees below normal and the trend will continue into the middle of next week averaging 5 to 8 degrees below normal. Irrigators should be able to either save on water or at least catch up to crop water demands. Evapotranspiration for the next 7 days is expected to range between an inch and a half to two thirds for alfalfa, wheat, mint, apples, and late cherries and this is about a quarter to third of an inch below normal. Yesterday, NOAA's climate prediction center issued the July outlook which calls for temperatures to average above normal and rainfall to be near normal. The outlook for August through October is also suggesting the likelihood of above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall.
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