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Date: 9/8/2020

Title: A Wintry Blast for the West

Good news! Heavy precipitation has finally moved into parts of the drought stricken west. Bad news, a lot of the precipitation will be in the form of snow and the growing season is going to be over for many.

After a blazing hot and mostly dry August in many areas of the Rockies/High Plains, an unseasonably strong cold front brought temperatures down over 70F in only 24 hours across MT, WY, CO, NE, SD, ND and much colder temperatures into KS, NM, OK and TX!

Although arriving exceedingly early and a bit of a nuisance, the rain and snow and freezing temperatures will go a long way to help put an end to the wildfire season in the Rockies. However, the growing season will have come to and end in many areas of the Rockies and High Plains. The graphic below shows temperatures compared to average for Wednesday. The purple areas show temperatures as much as -30 to -50F below normal. Note, the big drop in temperatures expanding eastward into the Plains and Corn Belt.