Northern Plains farmers will be waiting a little longer before getting into fields for spring planting. The weather model forecast for the next two weeks has more rain. “We thought originally farmers would be able to get into the fields in mid-May, but now we have a return of a fairly frequent rainfall pattern beginning this weekend,” said Drew Lerner, meteorologist, World Weather Incorporated. “The way it looks now is one disturbance after the other. Each one of these systems aren’t large volume rain producers, but they do perpetuate precipitation in the region frequently enough so we may see very little drying time between each wave of moisture.” Lerner says if there is rain in portions of the Northern Plains on a near daily basis for 10 days, “that puts us into the second half of the month before we can resume the drying trend. That’s the concern.” Hear the latest weather forecast.
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