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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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