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Be Ready for Cold Weather in the West - Monday, March 30, 2020

Springtime warmth will be on hold in the western states and parts of the Northern Plains as we head into early April. Cold air which has been locked up in the higher latitudes for most of the winter season will begin to push south into the west late (full story)

Drought and Snowpack Update - Monday, March 23, 2020

Although wet weather has returned over the past few weeks in the far west, including California, many areas are still in drier than normal conditions over parts of the west, Great Basin and parts of the Rockies. The graphic below is the latest dro (full story)

Winter Makes Comeback Out West - Monday, March 16, 2020

After a mild start to the month of March, winter weather will be making a comeback this week, especially in the western states. Beef producers, especially those who have started calving operations need to be prepared for a sharp drop in temperature (full story)

Better Rain Chances for California - Monday, March 2, 2020

Some small but important changes in the Pacific Ocean will result in better chances for needed precipitation in the far west including California and parts of the Desert Southwest. A more active jet stream will develop from the Gulf of Alaska, sout (full story)

Dryness in Some Areas - Monday, February 24, 2020

The graphic below shows the most recent drought update for the western United States. Rainfall has been far below normal over most of California since January and soil moisture conditions continue to worsen in the Golden State. Dryness also persists (full story)

El Nino/La Nina Update - Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sea surface temperatures (SST) in the Pacific continue to show very weak El Nino or neutral conditions as we head into the second half of February. While SSTs are slightly warmer near the equator across the Pacific, temperatures have decreased (full story)

Getting Dry in California - Monday, February 10, 2020

The rainy season in California has been far from rainy. While there has been a trend toward colder temperatures recently rainfall and snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has fallen short of normal. After a wet 2019 in California and a return of enhanced (full story)

Getting Cold Out West - Monday, February 3, 2020

The coldest weather and the most active winter weather will be found in the western United States over the next couple of weeks. After a very mild weekend across the Rockies and High Plains with many areas reaching into the 70s, temperatures are (full story)