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Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst

Sunday 02/23/14

Spring Flood Outlook Raises Concerns
The persistence of the winter cold pattern challenges calls for "minimal" spring flooding in 2014.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:39AM CST 02/23/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (6)
Sitting atop deep frost in eastern Iowa, my bet is with Anderson not Fuchs!! The later we get into Spring before thawing prevails, the more likely run-off will be fast and furious.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:59AM CST 02/24/14
Thanks for the comment Curt. I had several producers at the farm machinery show in Louisville KY say the same thing about deep frost level. These were farmers from southern Illinois--Indiana--Kentucky--where frost is usually not that big a problem. One man who runs a drain tile business had to quit for the season because the frost was so deep he could not break through it.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 7:32AM CST 02/24/14
Bryce, We are in the midst of a very challenging Winter here in S. C. Minnesota . It appears we will break the record for the most sub zero nights (mornings) in recorded history. Snow abounds. Wind blows. I moved more snow from my farmstead last Friday that I have in over a decade. We are 20- 30 degrees below normal temps right now and that will persist for another week. Yet every week some of our local weather gurus out of the Twin Cities say this Winter is an anomalously. In fact one wrote just days ago that the northern hemisphere average temp for January was the 4th highest ever recorded. I read some reports that the Arctic ice cap is starting to rebuild and others report it continues to melt at an alarming rate. So, who can I believe any more? Any thoughts?
Posted by MARK & LEA NOWAK at 12:38PM CST 02/26/14
Mark, the NOAA climate report for January is out. I've looked at it briefly but will get some more details to post on Friday. My quick first thought is that northern hemisphere conditions would take in the entire northern half of the world, and that there have been some very warm trends in Europe that to some extent counter the polar vortex helping that we have seen in much of the U.S. But there is a big difference in my opinion between the global picture and the reality of what's going on in the Midwest--and that reality is spelled out very well in your comments. And we are starting to get some trade chatter going to the effect that planting could be late this year. I was wondering when that would show up.
Posted by Bryce Anderson at 5:05AM CST 02/27/14
Bruce, I just heard the cofounder of greenpeace Peter Moore say that there is no scientific proof man is causing the slight warming of the earth. Which has been warmer in the past. He also said the ratio of CO2 has been higher in the past. He said an increase in the ratio of CO2 would actually increase the amount of water vapor which will cool the earth rather than make it warmer. He also says the slight warming is good for most species on the earth. Your comments.
Posted by FRANK FULWIDER at 9:46PM CST 02/27/14
Some years we have mild winters , some years tough winters, some years we have floods, other years we have droughts. Its been going on for a long time ! But anymore we have whiners about everything. I think we as a human race have just gotten to soft in the midst of our trying to survive on this tiny planet.
Posted by GWL 61 at 11:52AM CST 03/03/14
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