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Weather outlook: A mild fall could be in the making

After being battered by rain and more rain, parts of the Midwest may be in for a break.

Burt Rutherford

September 24, 2019

2 Min Read
Corn Harvest

Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is real. And, disguised as Mother Nature, he may give corn and cattle producers a break this fall.

That’s according to John Feldt, meteorologist with Livestock WX. Looking at the long-term weather outlook, he says, “No doubt about it, NMME (North American Multi-Model Ensemble) temperature guidance calls for above-normal readings through the rest of the year. However, more modest readings (closer to normal) could persist over the middle of the nation in October.”

This could result in a later than normal fall freeze/frost, allowing for a longer-than-normal growing season, he says.

The precipitation outlook for October sees drought creeping in in the Southwest and West with more normal rates in the Plains and Midwest. That’s good news as beef producers look for pastures to dry out and corn growers wait to fire up the combines.

 October Temperature Outlook

November, however, shows higher-than-average changes for precipitation to return to parts of the country that already have seen too much, according to Livestock WX. However, the dry parts of the nation could see some reprieve. Warm temperatures should continue throughout the month.

Temperatures are forecast to stay warm to wrap up the year. Precipitation for December is forecast to be above normal for parts of the Mountain West and normal for much of the rest of the nation.

Related:Black clouds, black hay: What has the weather wrought?

 October Temperature Outlook

October Temperature Outlook

All of this seems to be positive news as we head into fall harvest and weaning. How are things holding up in your neck of the woods? Give us an update in the comments below.

About the Author(s)

Burt Rutherford

Senior Editor, BEEF Magazine

Burt Rutherford is director of content and senior editor of BEEF. He has nearly 40 years’ experience communicating about the beef industry. A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural journalism, he now works from his home base in Colorado. He worked as communications director for the North American Limousin Foundation and editor of the Western Livestock Journal before spending 21 years as communications director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. He works to keep BEEF readers informed of trends and production practices to bolster the bottom line.

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