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Summer drought conditions possible

Brownfield’s meteorologist says farmers should prepare for El Nino to shift to La Nina sooner rather than later. 

Greg Soulje tells Brownfield he expects the shift to cause drought conditions to intensify throughout the summer.

“As we get deeper into mid and late summer and early autumn, La Nina,” he says. “La Ninas have historically meant dryness and drought becomes a story. Dryness and drought probably needs to be monitored accordingly for much of the Central plains, a good chunk of the central and southern corn belt.”

He says the La Nina could also result in an earlier than normal tropical storm season.

“It may become a very hyped up, ramped up, hyperactive tropical season,” he says. “The Atlantic Basin starting off in the eastern Gulf in the southwestern Atlantic, bath like water temperatures there again, it’s with a winding down of El Nino into La Nina. That usually means a favorable more active Atlantic Basin.”

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration expects a 60% chance of La Nina to develop between June and August and an 85% chance it’s in effect by November of this year to January 2025. 

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