The dry weather pattern will be closely watched going into spring, especially since the dryness in the Rocky Mountains is trying to expand into the central Corn Belt. After a cold February, Creighton University Professor Emeritus Dr. Art Douglas says temperatures will warm up nicely. “Some cold will work its way down the Canadian border is April, but by May it will be warm again.” Temperatures will be favorable for spring fieldwork, planting and cattle feeders in the Plains. However, according to Douglas, precipitation will be light. The high pressure ridge, which is typical of La Nina conditions, will persist in the summer forecast. Douglas says there will be a companion ridge in the central part of the U.S. “Areas under that ridge will be very dry, from the Mexican border to California and northward. The only real moisture to speak of is in the Ohio Valley and along the Canadian border from northeastern North Dakota into Minnesota.” Douglas provided this weather outlook during a CattleFax session of the virtual Cattle Industry Convention “Winter Reboot” event. Hear the story.