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Hotter, drier weather in most of state montana

The weather during the week ending July 7 was hotter and drier throughout most of Montana, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, July 8.

Turner received the highest amount of precipitation for the week with 1.90 inches of moisture. Most other stations reported receiving none to 1.69 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the upper 80s to low 100s, with the statewide high temperature of 102 degrees recorded at Superior. A majority of stations reported lows in the 40s to the low 60s with the coldest being Cooke City at 38 degrees.

Both topsoil and subsoil moisture ratings dropped from the previous week due to the hot temperatures and less rainfall. Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 65 percent compared with 36 percent last year and the 5 year average of 61 percent. Subsoil moisture was 64 percent adequate and surplus compared to 50 percent last year and the 5 year average of 65 percent.

The weather outlook for July 15 through July 21 is for above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation both east and west of the Great Divide. Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the upper 70s to the upper 80s, with lows in the lower 40s degrees to the upper 50s.

Crop conditions are generally better than a year ago at this time, but similar to the 5 year averages. The higher temperatures and drier weather significantly advanced crop progress. Winter wheat is developing ahead of the 5 year average with 98 percent headed and 24 percent turning. Spring wheat development is ahead of the 5 year average with 83 percent in boot stage and 34 percent headed.

Range and pasture conditions declined slightly from last week with 56 percent good to excellent which is significantly higher than last year’s 17 percent, but below the 5 year average of 58 percent.

Date: 7/15/2013



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