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La Nina winters have a slightly higher-than-average chance of being cooler and wetter than average.

La Nina and the winter forecasts

Canada’s CanSIPS model still calls for a warmer-than-average October

Icannot believe another month has come and gone. Sometimes it seems like it was the longest month ever and other times it felt like one of the fastest. September’s weather kind of mirrored my feelings. Sometimes it seemed like fall was here to stay and at other times summer tried to make a comeback. The question is whether

Forecast: Let’s ride the temperature rollercoaster

Covering the period from October 7 to October 14

Well, we definitely saw the cold northwesterly flow develop last week that allowed cool arctic air to drop southeastward, bringing the first good blast of fall weather. At least we did not see any snow, or at least I did not hear about any. The weather models did a good job calling for that cooldown,


U.S. grains: Wheat, soy futures hit multi-year highs

Dry weather in U.S., Russia, Argentina supports wheat prices; soybeans, corn rise as Brazil also dry for planting

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat and soybean futures soared to multi-year highs on Wednesday as unfavourable weather threatened production in exporting countries. Dryness has raised concerns among traders about the prospects for wheat planting in the U.S. Plains and the Black Sea region and for soybean planting in Brazil. Weather in the southern U.S.

A surfer walks into the Pacific Ocean at Hermosa Beach near Los Angeles on Sept. 4, the first day of a record heat wave in the area.

The Pacific Ocean’s impact on our weather

In a La Niña event, sea surface temperatures cool down in spots that are usually warm

In the last issue, I pointed out that La Niña conditions have developed across the Pacific Ocean and these conditions have sustained themselves for three months, meaning we are now into a La Niña period which is forecast to last through most, if not all, of the winter. Before we look to see how this


U.S. grains: Dry weather pushes CBOT wheat, soy to multi-year peaks

Chicago corn also rallies

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat and soybean futures jumped to multi-year highs on Tuesday, supported by concerns about dry weather in key production areas, traders said. Corn futures hit their highest level in 8-1/2 months, joining in the rally as the U.S. harvest pace fell below expectations despite ideal weather for field work. But

Study shows how U.S. farm landscapes could be reshaped by climate

Plains' wheat belt would see 'hollowing-out'

London | Thomson Reuters Foundation — Climate change could render swaths of agricultural land largely useless for farming in the U.S. South, and force Midwestern farmers to move corn and soybeans elsewhere as crop yields decline, researchers said on Monday. The profits of growing six key crops are set to fall by almost a third

La Nina to bring colder, drier winter

MarketsFarm — There’s a La Nina poised to exert influence on the coming North American winter, according to Drew Lerner, senior agricultural meteorologist for World Weather Inc. in Kansas. A La Nina generates colder-than-normal temperatures, as opposed to the warm temperatures garnered from an El Nino. Both weather phenomenon can be found over the Pacific


Forecast: Manitoba sliding into fall weather

Covering the period from September 30 to October 7

Last week’s forecast was pretty spot on for the first half, but things started to fall apart over the last few days. To give the weather models some credit, they stuck to their forecast of warm weather during the first half of the week for a long time before a last-minute switch, thanks to weaker-than-expected

U.S. grains: Soybeans end down on harvest pressure

Chicago corn, wheat futures climb

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell on Monday on the outlook for favourable harvest weather in the heart of the Midwest, where producers are poised to sell soybeans and store their corn, analysts said. Traders were also squaring positions ahead of quarterly grain stocks reports due midweek from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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