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CattleFax Holds Grim Outlook on Long-Term Weather Forecast for Plains, Expect Drought to Intensify

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:57:15 CST

CattleFax Holds Grim Outlook on Long-Term Weather Forecast for Plains, Expect Drought to Intensify Cattle producers who attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Cattle Industry Convention always look forward to the Cattle Market Outlook presented by CattleFax each year. Once again, Dr. Art Douglas, professor emeritus from Creighton University offered his long-term forecast for weather conditions Thursday morning with a synopsis of how future patterns might impact producers and how they manage their operations in the coming months. He sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays to share his forecast with RON followers. Unfortunately, though, it is not a bright one.

Listen to Douglas share his complete forecast with Ron Hays, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.

“Last year, when I gave my talk, all the US government models as well as European models, indicated we were going to have an El Nino in 2017. Problem is, we got to May and June and all of a sudden things started to turn South and we ended up with La Nina.”

La Nina then continued to strengthen up until last October and now as a result, Douglas says we are faced with drought across much of the US. According to his forecast, current conditions are only likely to worsen.

“Based on the forecasts for the next three months,” he said, “it just doesn’t look good - at least through March and April. So, Oklahoma unfortunately… you’re talking about a lot of ups and downs in temperature. A lot of warm days followed by cold days and not much precipitation into summer.”

This week’s Drought Monitor report, underscores the seriousness of the situation indicating that as of now more than 80 percent of Oklahoma is under “severe drought” conditions - a near thirty percent jump in that category from just one week ago.

Oklahoma State Climatologist Gary McManus concurs with Douglas’ assessment that current conditions will only intensify over the next several weeks and months.

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