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Ag. Weather Outlook 2-06-2014

by Tim Abramowski

You may have felt like TV weatherman Phil Connors in Groundhog Day waking up not to ‘I’ve Got You Babe’ but to me saying things like ‘winter weather advisory,’ ‘snow-heavy at times,’ and ‘single digits with wind chills minus 15 to 25.’  You’re sick of hearing it.  I’m sick of saying it.  And then today comes along a story from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s convention featuring a Dr. Art Douglas Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at Creighton University giving winter-weary Midwesterners cause for hope.  His spring outlook calls for a big coast to coast warm up with above normal temperatures and above normal moisture perfect for planting.  Call it grasping at straws but I’m ready to at least cross my fingers he’s right and not pay too much credence to the naysayer in the back row grunting ‘yeah, and I remember last year was going to have a record number of hurricanes!’ For the summer - Douglas says we’ll be slightly cooler than normal and slightly wetter than normal as an el nino evolves over the Pacific.  Go Dr. Douglas!!!  That said…back to current reality – scattered snow showers with lows in single digits the next several days and highs in the teens.  …Now time to duck some incoming snowballs.

Rick Shields