A Cooler Summer May be Coming

Forecasters say Iowa may have cooler-than-normal temperatures and much less rainfall throughout June.  Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says the rainy spell we’ve been enduring for months is over.

In an interview Todey says “June is one time when above-average temperatures would help spur more development and accumulate some more ‘degree days’ without reaching those stressful mid-to-upper 80s on a regular basis.  Instead of having above-average temperatures, we’re likely to have below-average temperatures throughout almost all of our region. It will be pleasant from a human standpoint and for livestock, but for our crops, it’s not good news.”

Todey says much of the month ahead will be cooler than usual and may not bring Iowa’s acres of corn and soybeans the warmth they need to mature.

The region will still have plenty of showers, thunderstorms and possibly more flooding, but the chances for those big rainfall events has decreased.

Todey explains the weather we are experiencing is an effect of the El Nino pattern and will be felt well into fall.