National Weather Service predicts mild fall following cool August

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The mild weather experienced for much of August is expected to continue through the fall for Southeast Missouri, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.

But residents can still expect the first freeze in late October and a possible winter storm later in the year, said meteorologist Robin Smith. If the freeze comes too early, that could affect farmers in the area.

"While we don't see an overall monthly record high for August, we were fortunate to have the high-pressure system from Canada that settled over the area which brought us cooler weather," Smith said. "We're anticipating warmer and drier conditions than normal this fall. But it won't be too much above normal."

Cape Girardeau had six days in August with temperatures 90 degrees or higher. The city also saw six days with temperatures between 50 and 59 degrees, and dipping down to 49 degrees Monday.

While that ties the August 2008 mark of temperatures 90 degrees or higher, it's below the 14 days of the same temperature range in August 2007.

Smith said temperatures normally range in the upper 70s and low 80s for September and around 70 degrees for a high in October. He expects both months to see an average high one to two degrees above normal.

Though the National Weather Service believes the fall will be warmer and drier than normal, the Farmers Almanac 2010 edition released Tuesday predicts frigid, snowy conditions for the area.

Crop maturity

Dr. Michael Aide, dean of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, said a wet spring delayed planting for most crops in the area, though farmers were able to get most of their crops in the ground by the end of the spring. Aide said an early frost could prevent cotton and soybean crops from reaching maturity.

"Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois are looking at about the same situation," Aide said. "With this El Nino event we're expecting some bizarre weather all winter. No one has a clue about what will happen."

According to the latest crop progress and condition report from the U.S. Department of Arigulture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, unseasonably cool temperatures continued throughout the state. Temperatures averaged 5 to 9 degrees below average, with rainfall averaging .43 inches for the week of Aug. 23 through 29.

Corn conditions rated 16 percent excellent, 48 percent very good, 27 percent fair, 7 percent poor and 2 percent very poor. Thirteen percent of corn is mature, four days ahead of last year but 14 days behind the normal of 42 percent, the report


Soybean conditions rated 14 percent excellent, 48 percent good, 28 percent fair, 7 percent poor and 3 percent very poor. Blooming of the plant is at 95 percent, eight days ahead of last year but seven days behind the normal of 98 percent.

Rice conditions rated 25 percent excellent, 55 percent good, 16 percent fair and 4 percent poor. Rice heading is 72 percent complete, 17 days behind last year and 20 days behind the normal of 98



Pertinent addresses:

One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO

8250 Kentucky 3520, West Paducah, KY

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