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Another Blizzard Hits the Northern Plains

Farmers and ranchers are digging out after a weekend blizzard swept across a large chunk of the U.S. The weather system responsible for this blizzard extended from the Texas Panhandle and Delta northward to the Canadian border. World Weather Incorporated says snowfall totals from a foot to two feet were seen from north-central South Dakota through east-central and southeastern North Dakota to northern Minnesota. The highest totals came at Ellendale and Jamestown, North Dakota with 26 inches. High wind gusts reaching 50 and 60 mph were also apart of the storm system, with Sand Lake, South Dakota clocking a 65 mph gust. Some parts of North Dakota received an entire winter’s worth of snowfall by end of December.

A Stretch of Warm Weather in Store

A string of warmer weather is in store for the Dakotas and Minnesota. That’s according to World Weather Incorporated Senior Agricultural Meteorologist Drew Lerner. The last of the bitterly cold occurred mid-week and the warmer temperatures should stick around for a couple of weeks.
 
“This weekend and into next week, we’ll see 30 and maybe even some 40 degree temperatures when the warmest air gets over the region,” says Lerner. “But, when we get warm ups like this in the middle of winter, there’s usually a storm on the horizon. There is potential for some precipitation the middle part of the Christmas week. That could bring rain, freezing rain and snow.”
 
In January, Lerner is concerned the Northern Plains could go back into the deep freeze. Trend models in the recent weeks suggest an impressive cold surge sometime in the beginning of the new month. Listen to the full report.

Ag Groups Push for “Appropriate Disaster Assistance

A letter has been sent to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeking “the fullest appropriate disaster assistance” under the WHIP+ program and other USDA programs. This letter was signed by groups representing farmers in the Northern Tier states, including soybeans, wheat, barley, sunflowers, canola, dry beans, pulse crops and the National Farmers Union. Extreme moisture has resulted in quality losses, such as low falling numbers, sprout damage and mold. The WHIP+ regulations now exclude quality losses for everything but wine grapes. The farm groups said that puts grain producers in the Northern Plains at serious disadvantage.

Read the Letter