Weather Outlook A Mixed Bag

The Wyobraska weather outlook is at the mercy at what happens 2 - thousand miles away. In speaking at the Panhandle No Till Conference Thursday, Meteorologist Don Day says our weather is heavily dependent on the jet stream and water temperatures in the Pacific ocean. If sea temperatures trend closer to normal, then we will see more frequent and slower storms. Day says the region is already seeing more chances of moisture.

Day is forecasting 2013 will be better than last year's record heat and dryness. He says this spring the region will start to see more chances for moisture starting in mid - March into May.

By having a wetter spring, Day says that will help bring more summer thunderstorms. Unfortunately the moisture will not be enough for the drought to end.

For the year, Day is anticipating the region will short of normal precipitation with warmer than normal temperatures, but he expects the situation to be better than 2012.

Next fall Day will be watching the Pacific Ocean closely. He says what happens in the Pacific will determine if the region continues to be drought.

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