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July-August-September Seasonal Outlooks (Updated July 18, 2019)

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14-Day Temperature Anomaly Forecast: July 14-July 27

14-Day Accumulated Precipitation (in) Forecast: July 14-July 27




CATTLE DENSITIES & the 14-Day Temperature and Precipitation Forecasts: July 14-July 27

Average Temperature Anomalies VS. Nighttime Temperature Forecast for Major Cattle Producing Counties*

*50K head or greater of cattle and calves

Over the next two weeks major cattle feeding counties in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Iowa, could see higher average temperatures and nighttime temperatures (minimum temps).  These departures from average could be in the 1.5 to 2.0 degrees F range.  Larger departures will be seen in Midwest in states like Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

The Northern Plains should see moderate temperatures over the same period.

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Cattle in Drought

The percentage of cattle in drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  Drought is based on Moderate Drought (D1) or greater.  To see a full explanation of the U.S. Drought Monitor categories and how they are determined click here.

Average Cattle Cold Stress from February to March Compared to Cold Stress in 2019

Average cattle cold stress for Feb-Mar (based on the Cattle Comfort Index) compared to what was observed for the Feb-Mar of 2019. Cold conditions extended much further south this winter compared to what normally would be expected for February and March reducing cattle condition and complicating calving.

The Complete Story of Cattle Stress this March: Cold Stress Difference from Normal Against March Total Precipitation.

Counties that had more than 2″ of precipitation during March 2019.  Circles represent counties with greater than 25K head of cattle, blue intensity represents cold stress.  NE, IA, and MN have observed some of the most intense conditions this March.

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Texas and Nebraska Cattle Feeling the Heat

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Dangerous Heat Ahead!

It is looking like a dangerously hot and humid week across a large part of the central and eastern U.S.  Two sources of enhanced low-level

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Tropical Storm Barry

Tropical Storm Barry T.S. Barry is forecast to move northwest eventually reaching to North Central Gulf coast this weekend. Variety of Impacts Barry will provide

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Tall Grass, Good Cattle, and Heat

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June 2019 – Unusually Wet

On Cool Side Middle U.S. The June contiguous U.S. temperature was 68.7°F, 0.2°F above the 20th-century average, ranking in the middle third of the 125-year

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Hot Weather Ahead!

High Heat Advisories Heat Advisories (red) or warnings (purple) are in effect today across a large parts of the central U.S. Heat Index Above 100

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