The rain continued to fall in the central and southern plains for May. This limited fieldwork and caused some flooding issues.
Toward the end of May, corn and soybean planting was still behind the five-year averages, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cotton acreage planting was noted as ahead of schedule in Texas with sorghum planting right on schedule in that state toward the end of the month. Winter wheat is progressing nicely in Kansas with 60 percent of the crop included in the good to excellent category.
The moisture in May had some positive impacts in select areas including continued improved drought conditions in Colorado.
May also had some notably cool days with record lows May 10 in Hill City, Kansas, (30 degrees Fahrenheit) and Sidney, Nebraska, (24 degrees) then later in the month, Dalhart, Texas, recorded an overnight low of 34 degrees setting a new record for May 19. In contrast, May also boasted some record highs with Omaha, Nebraska, and Concordia, Kansas, reaching 95 degrees and 93 degrees, respectively, on May 16.
For the month of June, the central part of the United States is expected to see temperatures below seasonal norms. The southern to central plains are also favored for above average precipitation in the coming month.
It looks like these trends will continue into the longer term as well with below normal temperatures from the northern plains into northern Texas. The exception will be southern Texas who could see above average temperatures the next three months. Precipitation is expected to stay above average across the plains the next few months.
El Niño continues at this time and that’s forecast to be the trend not only into the summer, but also possibly into fall as well. This round has been weak in nature, and it is expected to stay that way.
I’m always keeping an eye to the sky (and the weather patterns), so watch for July’s update.
Editor’s note: Regina Bird grew up on a farm near Belleville, Kansas. The views from the farm helped spur her interest in weather. Following high school, she went on to get a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of Kansas. She currently works as a meteorologist for NTV and KFXL in central Nebraska. Follow her on Twitter: @ReginaBirdWX.