Although precipitation slowed down harvest, it was beneficial in cutting down drought conditions in parts of Kansas.
The last days of summer are approaching and El Niño–Southern Oscillation-neutral has been in control for the summer months. A switch to El Niño is still favored sometime in the fall with oceanic and atmospheric conditions expected to reflect the change.
Some pockets of beneficial rain in July led to improvement to the drought situation in parts of the Plains, while others dealt with ongoing or worsening drought conditions.
Portions of the Plains were certainly wishing and praying for April showers as the lack of needed moisture continued. As we get farther into 2018, the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles continue to see very little precipitation with some parts of those areas only picking up around a half inch of …
A month is already in the books for 2018 and while there have been some day-to-day or week-by-week changes in short term weather locally, the big picture remains the same.
Some may approach the upcoming season with dread, but it is inevitable: winter is coming. As we get closer to the official start of the winter season, the biggest question this time of year always revolves around what type of season to expect.