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Friday 06/20/14

El Nino By A Different Name Maybe
Peculiarities in the Pacific Ocean may be indicating a variance of El Nino known as El Nino Modoki developing.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:54PM CDT 06/20/14 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
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If we are setting up similar to 1986, I can tell you the effects on Ag that year in western Oklahoma-massive flooding! I was fifteen years old and just about the time we started cotton harvest in early October, it started to rain. It ever stopped. Rivers changed channels, bridges washed out, basements and cellars flooded that never had due to high water tables. Cotton harvest generally ended shortly after Thanksgiving back then. We finished in April, 1987 barely in time to get the next years crop planted!
Posted by MATT MULLER at 4:21PM CDT 06/20/14
I read an artilce on-line in the Western Producer back in February that was calling for this El Nino Modoki. According to this artilce this scenario would lead to continued drought in the West and Southern High Plains. Well areas in the Southern High Plains are getting some rainall now, but our area in extreme SW Kansas continues to miss the big soaking rains. Frustrating, but at least it seems like every week there is at least a chance and one of these days maybe we'll luck out and get a toad strangler. Looks to me like there is just still alot of unknowns in this El Nino forming in regards to timing, intensity, and effects in the west.
Posted by Brad Niehues at 9:35AM CDT 06/23/14
There was massive flooding across central Michigan during September 1986! We got 13" of rain in a 24 hour period in early September 1986 on our farm. It proceeded to rain on and off for the rest of the month and we got over 20" of rain during the month of September 1986! It was then dry during the month of October 1986.
Posted by JEFF HANSON at 9:38AM CDT 06/24/14
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