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Bob Larson Spring Weather Outlook Pt 2
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Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: May 15, 2019

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I’m Bob Larson. Our whacky El Nino weather pattern looks to be carrying over from winter into spring and beyond, leaving northwest growers wondering.

Washington state Climatologist, Nick Bond says the El Nino is weak so he expects things to be a little warmer with a bit of rain and rain here and there …

BOND … “And I know that is kind of a double-edged sword in that if you have cherries you’re about to pick, you don’t want any precipitation, but if on the other hand if your rangelands or if you’re a dryland wheat farmer, maybe you do. So, it’s, one size doesn’t fit all.”

Near term, Bond says things should be near normal …

BOND … “The bottom line is the next month, May should be not too different from typical. We’ll still get some rain around, especially in Western Washington. You know the term ‘April showers brings May showers’? And so, we’ll get some of that.”

This month, Bond says warm, yes, but not overly so …

BOND … “Here’s hoping that May is pretty close to normal and we kind of hold on to the snow we have and maybe even, you know in some of the higher elevations in the Cascades, you can certainly get some snow there into early June even. And then, like you say, kind of be able to enjoy the summer that much more.”

Bond says the odds for warmer than normal temperatures go up a little bit as we go into the middle of summer and hopes conditions will be good for growers.

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