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Ag. Weather Outlook 6-23-2014

by Tim Abramowski

This summer is getting a reputation for wetness much as the past three summers had for drought. Counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin got nine inches of rainfall last week and the weather pattern looks unlikely to change in the days just ahead. For us its showers and some thunder for much of the week though well be seeing sunshine at times. Mondays showers are likely to be the most intense of the week around Lower Michigan. A warm up looks to be in store by the weekend as warmer air flows in from the south. In the near-term, storminess isnt forecast to reach severe levels but a few intense rain-makers are expected to boil up in the warmer afternoon air. Speaking of intense this week in 1957 the citizens of Ft. Stockton, Texas got bombarded by softball size hail injuring 21 persons unable to find shelter. Getting caught in the open in a hail or electrical storm ranks right up there fear factor-wise with seeing a looming tornado bearing down on your pre-manufactured home. Often times, the return of moist air masses following an extended drought bring with them their own set of worries.