Area soils are starting to feel the pinch from a lack of precipitation. According to Marilyn Lohman with the National Weather Service, the first week of summer was actually the warmest week of June with temperatures 4-6 degrees above average.
“I guess we’re used to seeing those extremely hot temperatures , so when we are just near normal, it seems a little off.”
Lohmann noted while temperatures have been season throughout much of June, the soil conditions are still struggling. She said soil temperatures are warm which is good news for germination, but the soil is very dry which is concerning.
“Especially the dryland crops and pastures showing stress, and we’re starting to see more acres as reported as in poor condition. Crop water usage is increasing as well with most crops needing close to 2” of water a week for those irrigating, so a lot of demand picking up with the windy and warmer weather.”
Lohmann is expecting a few clouds and windy conditions to roll through the region as we approach the weekend. But she was quick to note, she does not expect major rain form these disturbances.
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