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Too Much Hype – Just The Facts, Please

August 24, 2016

Kansas City, August 24, 2016 (World Weather Inc.) – Being in the agriculture weather forecasting business for 37 years has certainly opened this meteorologist’s eyes to many naturally occurring phenomena that have done nothing more than blown my mind. Super typhoons, extremely hot temperatures, prolonged drought and amazing floods are certainly among the list of the wild and crazy. But this year takes the cake – or so it seems – and the phenomenon has nothing to do the planet’s dynamic atmosphere. No, this year’s most amazing phenomenon has to do with the nature of earth’s inhabitants.
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U.S. High Pressure Ridge Has “Ruffles”

U.S. High Pressure Ridge Has “Ruffles”

July 13, 2016

Kansas City, July12 (World Weather Inc.) – Despite the opinions of some weather forecasters conditions in the U.S. Midwest so far this summer have been almost ideal from a corn and soybean development perspective. Here we sit in mid-July and find soil moisture at favorable levels with much of the corn crop pollinating successfully. There is enough subsoil moisture in much of the Midwest to carry crops for a couple of weeks of weather adversity and it would appear that the moisture reserve will come in handy as a high pressure ridge settles over the production region. This high pressure system aloft will prove to have “ruffles”.
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U.S. Weather Footprints Leave Hope For Summer Crops

U.S. Weather Footprints Leave Hope For Summer Crops

June 23, 2016

Kansas City, June 22 (World Weather Inc.) – There are certainly plenty of reasons why forecasters have predicted 2016 to be problem year for U.S. grain and oilseed production, but is it really going to be as bad as implied by some? World Weather, Inc. decided to look at the weather patterns one more time, but with the intention of finding a reason why this year’s drought scenario might not pan out. What we found was interesting, but not necessary a game changer if you have been following our forecasts since last autumn. If you are looking for severe drought that mimics 2012 or 1983….you may want to look again.
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More Traditional El Nino Influence Lies Ahead

February 16, 2016

Changing atmospheric conditions are going to give El Nino the upper hand on weather trends once again as the month of February winds down and March begins. What is a traditional El Nino response? Well, here in North America it will include a wet bias across the southern United States and northern Mexico to start with. A frequent succession of storms is advertised for southern portions of the region beginning late next week and going deeply into March. The Northern U.S. will be warmer than usual, along with much of Canada. Overseas weather conditions will trend drier in eastern Australia, New Zealand and northeastern Brazil while timely rain continues in Argentina and the remainder of Brazil while little change occurs in South Africa or China.
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Next Week’s Cold Originates In Canada Not Arctic

February 4, 2016

A large cutoff low pressure center is expected to evolve briefly over the Midwest, Delta and southeastern states for a while late this weekend and early next week. The cold air originates in Canada’s Prairies and not the arctic and the airmass temperatures, although cold, are not cold enough to induce a serious freeze that would harm winter crops or Florida citrus and sugarcane. Considerable cloudiness and frequent bouts of snow will accompany the cold into the Midwest, Tennessee River Basin and interior southeastern states. The cloudiness and precipitation will help hold temperatures up and when the sky finally clears off and the winds turn light most of the coldest air will have already abated from the region resulting in less intensive cold that should not seriously harm the majority of crops.
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Weakening El Nino To Bring On Better California Storm Potential

November 23, 2015

By Drew Lerner November 23, 2015 Many Californians are growing impatient over the long advertised rainy weather that El Nino is supposed to bring.  But changes are just a few weeks away and there is still growing concern that when it starts raining it may not stop for a while. Many of the stronger El Nino events in the past have produced copious amounts of rain.  In actuality, it is not just El Nino that contributes to the rain, but a  large part of it is from Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO). MJO events are merely large regions in the atmosphere where conditions favor a greater than usual amount of rising
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Will calm weather conditions continue?

Will calm weather conditions continue?

October 9, 2014

Weather conditions in many areas around the world are favorable today. It reminds me of the old days of stable weather in which an extreme event was a couple of inches of rain, wind gusts to 45 mph and perhaps temperatures five to ten degrees Fahrenheit above or below average. Whatever happened to those days? The past few weeks and months have had a flavor of similarity to that of the 1960s and 1970s, but can it be trusted to continue? That is the question.
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