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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: January 22, 2019

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Rain and melted snow Friday through Sunday night tallied between ½ and 1 inch on most farms south of Yakima to Connell, but only a quarter to half inch was common in Kittitas, Grant, and Adams counties. For the water year which started October 1st, moisture ranged between 90 and 95 percent of normal except in Pendleton which is slightly above normal and Moses Lake and Walla Walla who are only about 80 percent of normal. Our next Pacific weather system is already knocking on our door and will be crossing the Cascades around noon to bring up to a quarter inch this afternoon into Wednesday morning. The rainfall will likely be brief and too light to cause much concern for cold stress on livestock. Plan on several days of dry weather from Wednesday afternoon into the middle of next week as a ridge of high pressure builds off the west coast and moves slowly east. But, since we are still in the fog season, it is likely there will be periods of stagnation, inversions, fog and low clouds developing again this weekend. There are some indications of returning to a more active weather pattern late next week. Soil temperatures range from the lower and mid 30s in the northern Columbia Basin to the upper 30s and lower 40s in the southern Columbia Basin. It looks like air temperatures will average 2 to 4 degrees above normal through early next week and soil temperatures will rise 1 to 3 degrees.

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