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Drought Update - Monday, January 13, 2020

The first drought update of the New Year shows that the majority of the lower 48 states are either in adequate soil moisture status or are at average moisture status. The graphic below shows drought status conditions as of 1/7/2020. Note we con (full story)


Year End Drought Update - Monday, December 23, 2019

While 2019 will end with some areas of the USA with dry conditions, a large part of the nation remains in favorable soil moisture conditions. The graphic below shows the most recent Drought Status Update as of December 17 th . Recent (full story)


Solar Activity at a Minimum - Monday, December 16, 2019

Over the past week the sun reached a milestone. Over the past week the sun has reached the lowest point of activity in a century. For 2019 the sun has been spotless (no sunspot activity) for 270 days or 77% of the time, this surpasses 2008, 2009 (full story)


Snow Update - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Winter storms help build the snowpack that help to fill our reservoirs and aid irrigators get through the hot and dry summer days. Anytime the early winter season brings big snow to the mountains bodes well for the snowpack season and the big snows (full story)


Snow Cover Increasing - Monday, December 2, 2019

Two very intense winter storms traversed the lower 48 states over Thanksgiving Week wreaking havoc for holiday travelers and making from some very stressful weather conditions for livestock across many parts of the nation. Snow has been piling (full story)


Snowy Thanksgiving Week - Monday, November 25, 2019

While a stormy and snowy pattern may get folks in the mood for the holiday season over the next week, beef producers and holiday travelers need to be prepared for poor travel weather and stressful winter weather conditions for young and weak livest (full story)


Hard Growing Season for Many - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The 2019 growing season will go down as one of the toughest in recent memory for many of the key growing areas of the USA. It all started with a cold and wet spring that brought flooding and late spring snows to the Midwest, Plains and Rockies. (full story)


Snowpack Update - Monday, November 11, 2019

The snowpack in the Rockies is well ahead of normal as we head into mid-November. Many of the key snowpack areas of the Rockies have well above average snowpack conditions for this time of year. The very snowy October (the 3 rd snowiest in North (full story)


Cold Autumn Weather - Monday, November 4, 2019

October 2019 rivaled October 2009 as one of the coldest Octobers in recent memory for the central and western USA. While there will some very warm October temperatures in the far east and southeast, a large part of the lower 48 states had a very col (full story)