Ag Weather Impacts

Ag Weather Impacts

Dennis Hull
Dennis Hull
Rainfall since Tuesday averaged less than a quarter inch across the Columbia Basin. Heavier amounts between a quarter and half inch were measured in the Ellensburg area and between Adams, Pendleton and Pilot Rock. We're in between weather systems so generally dry and warmer daytime weather is expected today and Saturday. The next Pacific front will bring a round of showers Sunday. Rainfall amounts will be mainly a tenth of an inch or less, except up to a quarter inch from Dayton and Walla Walla down to Pendleton and Heppner. So not much time to dry out after this weeks rain and field work and haying will have another minor delay. After Sunday's rain, it looks like the next rain chance will arrive next Thursday and Friday with some exceptionally cool Canadian air. For the first 19 days of September, rainfall has been quite generous across the Columbia Basin. There's only a small area between Yakima and Moses Lake with less than normal rainfall. The wettest area has been the foothills of the Blue Mountains with ½ to 1 inch. The latest drought monitor from Thursday eliminated the abnormally dry designation for the northern Columbia Basin. Also, Yesterday, NOAA's climate prediction center issued their latest monthly and seasonal outlooks. Although the rest of September will likely average cooler and wetter than normal, It is calling for October to average warmer than normal with near normal precipitation. The November to January outlook is also predicting warmer than normal with near normal precipitation.
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