Last year’s oppressive heat wave and drought won’t be forgotten any time soon, and this year’s summer will likely be another scorcher for much of the country.
According to the National Weather Service Outlook, the high probability of above-normal temperatures this summer is in the same area currently deep in the midst of exceptional drought, including western Kansas, eastern Colorado, New Mexico and west Texas.
Other areas won’t escape the summer’s heat, though.
From New England to California, the likelihood of summer temperatures soaring above average is high.
Unfortunately, for growers in the western Corn Belt, another dry summer is ahead.
Parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas are forecast to see below-average rainfall this summer. The Northwest is also going to experience rainfall that is below normal. Click here for to see the seasonal outlook.
“Coupling the rainfall outlook with the forecasts for above-average temperatures is problematic for production prospects in the central and southern Plains,” Doane Agricultural Services wrote in an analysis available here.