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Spring outlooks from EDEN and ProFarmer

EDENotes, the blog of the Extension Disaster Education Network, posted their spring outlook this week at http://blogs.extension.org/edenotes/2015/03/25/weather-wednesday-spring-outlook/.   As I noted earlier, the forecast calls for an increased chance of above normal precipitation in April through June in the Southeast. ProFarmer also published an article describing the expansion of drought in…
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Update on cold weekend conditions

Earlier this week I noted that we were in for some cold weather and possible frost this coming weekend.  I wanted to give you an update on the general situation, although you will want to get detailed forecasts from the National Weather Service or another source as the cold weather…
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Forecast reference crop evapotranspiration (FRET) forecasts available from NWS

The National Weather Service has a new experimental product available which provides 6-day forecasts of evapotranspiration in a zoomable map format.  A weekly total is also available.  You can access this product at http://preview.weather.gov/graphical/.  You can find the FRET daily values by looking under Agriculture at the bottom of the product…
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Climate data primer available at Climate.gov

The Climate.gov web site has a good introductory section on climate data.  You can find the primer at http://www.climate.gov/maps-data/primer/climate-data-primer.  It includes information on how climate is measured, how the data are processed and quality controlled, how past climates are interpreted and how future climate is predicted, and where to get climate…
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El Ninos don’t all look the same

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory released a short article this week describing research to be published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  In the article it discusses the variability in temperature distributions in different El Nino episodes.  Some episodes feature strong temperature anomalies, while others are weaker.  Some…
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Climate Prediction Center is launching an updated web site

At CPASW today we learned that the Climate Prediction Center is in the process of updating their website to a new, cleaner and more interactive model.  You can view the new beta version of the website at http://www.cpcpara.ncep.noaa.gov/.  This site will combine much of the functionality of the old web site,…
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