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Hot and dry pattern worries farmers | Preston Citizen

Hot and dry pattern worries farmers

August 15, 2012


Assistant editor

Believe it or not our community is not considered to be a drought area yet, but that could change at any time.

We are designated as being in an abnormally dry period, according to H. King Smith, who keeps official records for The National Weather Service.

Twin Lakes water levels continue to drop as hot temperatures and no precipitation makes irrigating difficult. Some area farmers have already used their water allotment and are done for the season.

“It seems like we are going to get worse before we get better when talking about precipitation,” he said. “The eight- to 14-day outlook is for below to nearly normal precipitation. The ultra long forecast that goes to next July and August is for a dry winter and spring and a near normal summer, which is not good news.”

Smith said there is a huge anti-cyclone (high pressure) firmly set up in the Midwest and it hasn’t moved. “It has been there since last fall. This has set up record high temperatures in the north and east and near record heat for the rest of the west.

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