July may not be as hot as previously forecasted, according to Jim Newman, retired ag climatologist from
Producers can expect relatively mild temperatures and many rainy days, with slightly above to slightly blow normal rainfall, depending exactly upon where you farm in the
"August could get hotter and a bit drier I suppose," he says. "But once patterns set up it takes a while to break them, and it certainly looks now like the pattern that set itself up earlier in the summer could hang around for awhile here in our area of the country."
The bottom line could be reasonably good conditions for corn across the
No El Nino or La Nina present
"The El Nino/La Nina cycle is contributing nothing to this year's summer weather pattern," Newman states. "The mild La Nina, cool phase of the cycle, went neutral earlier this spring. Right now the cycle is stuck in neutral."
That doesn't mean the
Newman is not sure when another El Nino trend might develop. If all goes according to expectations, next to form would be a warm phase. However, when it forms, how strong it is and where it forms, plus how much oceanic area it covers, are now all known to play a factor in how severely the El Nino might influence our weather. Since there is a three-month lag time between onset of an El Nino event and appearance of the weather symptoms produced by it in the