ISSUE DATE: 06/25/2012
By Jennifer Carrico
Weather and markets are two very important factors for livestock and grain farmers throughout the country.
Iowa State University climatologist Elwynn Taylor said in 2011 every state had temperatures over 100 at some point, which hadn't occurred for quite some time.
"We've had a strange past year as well as a strange past two months. The Corn Belt has experienced warmer than normal temperatures, which is expected to stay with us for several months as a major weather pattern is divided by the Continental Divide," he said.
When that type of weather pattern has been seen in the past, it has caused few changes in the weather for an extended amount of time. March was the warmest in history with temperatures often 30 degrees warmer than normal.
"We have seen a La Nina weather pattern in 2012, with one week of warm temperatures, followed by one week of cool temperatures," said Taylor. "We expect these extremes to continue throughout the year."
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