US Midwest Having The Coldest Year On Record So Far

Midwest temperatures through April 10 have been the coldest on record so far, with lots more cold in the forecast for the rest of the month.

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5 Responses to US Midwest Having The Coldest Year On Record So Far

  1. Gail Combs says:

    NOT GOOD for spring planting.

    If I recall from my diving into this subject a few years ago, corn needs the ground at 50 °F minimum and germination is delayed if temperature dips due to a cold snap. If it is too cold and wet the seed rots in the ground.

    Sunny NC isn’t looking too hot for spring planting either. I just checked and the soil temperature is 54 ° F but the mid week forecast doesn’t look good.: 59° F | 36° F and 65° F | 44° F

    Influence of Soil Temperature on Corn Germination and Growth

    Corn Growing Degree Days

    The last article notes there is a window for plant growth. In corn it is 50 °F to 86 °F .

    This window in plant growth has a real down side. If there has been a reconfiguration of the climate such that the Jet Stream is becoming more “Loopy” you can get more extremes of both hot and cold as well as blocking highs that cause a stationary weather pattern like the one that fried Russia a few years back. link

    This means the growing season can be truncated from both the top and the bottom of the temperature scaled.

  2. Shazaam says:

    Maples are just opening their buds here on the north coast. A full month late. Some local beekeepers have experienced huge late spring losses. Hives that made it to 1-march, didn’t make it to 1-april.

    This years garden is going to feature a lot of black plastic. Just to warm things up.

  3. Password protected says:

    Appears to follow the warmest.
    Uh oh, somebody warned us about “climate disruption”….

  4. Eric Simpson says:

    The coldest year on record, huh? Like, the coldest in all the time we’ve been keeping records? That doesn’t mean anything. That is to be expected after 100+ years of runaway out of control warming. It’s the type of thing the hockey stick causes. It’s basic science. It’s basic CO2 physics. Quit denying that the globe is warming! Global climate warming anti-science DENIER!

  5. Brian H says:

    It’s chillin’, chilluns.

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