The Inland Northwest has been under a blanket of warm weather over the past couple of days, leading to temperatures roughly 20 degrees above average. And those mild temperatures have already had big impact on the ag community. Some plants are showing life and a few tree show early signs of budding. As far as the soil is concerned, temperatures are very warm for this time of year, already in the 40s.
When it comes to soil moisture, National Weather Service meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann says those figures are on par for this time of year.
“The wind really hasn’t helped. Some places are a little bit dryer thanks to that evaporation thanks to the wind that we have seen, but overall, they are not looking too bad for this time of year.”
Lohmann said this mild weather won’t last much longer. She says we can expect a few systems to roll into the region this weekend.
“They won’t bring too much in the way of precipitation, especially to the lower elevations, but temperatures will cool with the highs dropping back to more seasonable values in the 40s and much cooler overnight lows in the 30s through the weekend.”
Lohmann said La Nina, which has been blamed for this mild weather, should dissipate by late Spring or early Summer.
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