The La Nina weather pattern this winter is providing extremely mild temperatures. Bryce Anderson is the Senior Agriculture Meteorologist for Data Transmission’s Network and has been keeping close tabs on the weather situation. He says the arctic air is staying well north of the Midwest region.
Anderson says a negative arctic oscillation is currently seen in the Atlantic and that has allowed the Polar jet stream to remain in northern Canada. That means we have no cold air coming into the region.
Anderson says even though we are enjoying the mild weather now there will likely be a trade-off. He says the lack of moisture now indicates the possibility of a drought and we could be shaping up for a very stormy spring season. Anderson says we have had circumstances where La Nina can be a storm producer and contribute to severe weather greater than average. He says as we get into March and April we could see above average severe storms.
Another problem Anderson points out is there are signs of drought in eastern Nebraska into northwestern Iowa. Soil moisture levels are low right now and that could cause problems when farmers near the planting season. That could also create landscape problems and watering may need to start earlier.