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8/20/2015 Washington Drought Report: August 2015

From the desk of Nic Loyd
One needs only to glance out the window to see the undesired effects of the ongoing drought. For folks who live east of the Cascades, the color of even cloudless skies has been transformed into an ominous gray by smoke from numerous raging wildfires....
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8/20/2015 Early wheat harvest produces lower yield because of weather

Combines crawling across the hills of the Palouse, threshing the nation's largest wheat crop, signal an annual end to summer in southeastern Washington...if you plan to observe those hulking machines this year, your luck may already have run out....
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8/6/2015 AgWeatherNet July 2015 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
July was another scorching and dry month in Washington, as Mt. Vernon experienced their warmest month on record (mean and high temperature). While areas east of the Cascades were rather hot, at least last month was generally not record-breaking....
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7/22/2015 Optimizing productivity and preventing heat-related illness and injury

Contact Jen Kranz
Our team based out of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington is partnering with AgWeatherNet to develop a new heat awareness system. This alert system will be designed to help agricultural workplaces prepare for heat waves such as we have experienced recently and will take into account temperature, humidity, and other environmental measurements to determine when conditions are not favorable for working....
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7/17/2015 Washington Drought Report: July 2015

From the desk of Nic Loyd
Although it may seem obvious to our readers, the recent weather has not been helpful for the drought situation. June was a record smashing month whose sweltering legacy persisted into early July...
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7/10/2015 Expo shows global impacts of Prosser research center

The first scientific expo at Washington State University's Prosser research station hailed advances made in central Washington by scholars from around the globe. 'Science at IAREC', hosted by the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center on July 1 to showcase its contributions to society, featured more than 30 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and researchers working at the Prosser station....
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7/9/2015 AgWeatherNet June 2015 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
2015 continues to push the climatological envelope by testing the bounds of natural climate variability. Despite the other recent record warm months, June 2015 is in a class of its own in terms of temperatures....
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6/30/2015 100-year weather watching award for Lind Dryland Station

Staff at the Washington State University Dryland Research Station at Lind earned kudos for logging 100 years of official weather data that helps farmers and scientists understand the past and prepare for the future. The National Weather Service presented the station with the '100-Year Honored Institution Award,' for the century of observations made at Lind....
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6/17/2015 Snow drought and weather futures

Cate Gable, Chinook Observer
When I was a kid in the Yakima Valley, we routinely had several inches of snow for Christmas. And there were many times taking the train through the Ellensburg Canyon from Yakima to Seattle to see our grandparents, we'd have to stop while snow was shoveled off the tracks, especially along Lake Keechelus....
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6/11/2015 AgWeatherNet Spring 2015 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
To say that April mean temperatures were near normal would not be newsworthy during normal times. But these are not normal times. In light of the five record warm months since last July, April represented a welcome reprieve from the recent trend....
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6/11/2015 Washington Drought Report: June 2015

From the desk of Nic Loyd
Although Washington may not be officially experiencing a meteorological (precipitation) drought, we are certainly suffering from a snowpack drought which is likely to have many varied consequences for Washington growers and residents....
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6/4/2015 Record heat wave to hit Pacific Northwest

Technically, it's still spring, but temperatures are expected to bring record-breaking heat to the Pacific Northwest starting this weekend....
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6/3/2015 June Outlook: Heat for the West, more rain in the Plains

The warm waters in the equatorial and northern Pacific off the West Coast and the water-logged soils in the Southern Plains are some of the factors influencing the temperature precipitation outlooks for June 2015....
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5/21/2015 El Niño bad for Washington drought, good for California

Gerrit Hoogenboom, WSU AgWeatherNet, gerrit.hoogenboom@gmail.com
Linda Weiford, WSU News, 509-335-7209, linda.weiford@wsu.edu
Despite recent rains, the drought settling over Washington state that spurred the governor to declare an emergency last week is likely to grow worse - driven by a strengthening El Niño weather pattern from the Pacific Ocean....
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5/5/2015 AgWeatherNet April 2015 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
To say that April mean temperatures were near normal would not be newsworthy during normal times. But these are not normal times....
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5/4/2015 Washington Drought Report: May 2015

From the desk of Nic Loyd
Although the weather during the first half of April was a bit better than February and March due to slightly cooler and snowier conditions in the mountains, there was very little improvement in the overall snow drought situation. Unfortunately, we may not only be facing a low water supply issue, but also a higher demand issue (relative to normal), since higher evapotranspiration rates are likely this summer....
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4/15/2015 Case Study: Washington AgWeatherNet

Published in the Campbell Update 2nd Quarter 2015
Washington State University's AgWeatherNet (AWN) is a large, automated network comprised almost entirely of Campbell Scientific products. AWN's purpose is to provide current and historical weather observations from across the state....
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4/9/2015 AgWeatherNet March 2015 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
It has almost become commonplace to report at this point, but March was another record warm month. For those keeping track, March was the fifth record warm month in the last nine months....
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3/26/2015 AgWeatherNet Winter 2014/2015 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
The last time Prosser experienced a calendar month as warm (relative to normal) as February 2015, many of us were still using typewriters and rotary telephones. A total of 300 months passed between the abnormal warmth of January 1990 and last month....
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3/3/2015 Warm, weird weather puts state's crops ahead of schedule

The calendar still says winter, but grain and fruit crops in Washington may already think it's spring. From the Skagit to the Palouse, observers with Washington State University are noticing that some agricultural crops are several weeks ahead of schedule-thanks to an unseasonably warm winter....
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2/20/2015 Fruit trees budding early in warm February

Slivers of green barely peek through clusters of cherry buds, chemical representatives write up spray recommendations for their clients, and growers peruse weather websites for growing degree days and cold hardiness....
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2/18/2015 Last year is now warmest year on record for Washington state

"The mid to late portion of the growing season was an unusual and record-breaking time frame of seemingly unrelenting heat," said AgWeatherNet meteorologist Nic Loyd. "July was Prosser's all-time hottest month, which was followed by record warm months in August and October."...
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2/17/2015 AgWeatherNet 2014 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
Despite the broad spectrum of weather that was observed last year, the overall climate of 2014 can be summarized in one word: warm. It was, in fact, Prosser's warmest year in at least a quarter-century....
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2/10/2015 Rare 'milky rain' most likely traveled from ancient lake

The mysterious 'milky rain' that hit parts of the Pacific Northwest last Friday was the result of a rarely seen weather phenomenon that began near an ancient saline lake nearly 500 miles away, according to Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd....
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1/13/2015 AgWeatherNet December 2014 Weather Review for Washington

From the desk of Nic Loyd
Despite a cold and dry beginning and end, the balance of December was unusually mild and rather active, which made the month as a whole notably warmer than normal. In fact, Prosser's mean monthly high of 42.7 degrees was the second warmest on record, and trailed only 1999....
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