Nutrien Ag Solutions Principal Atmospheric Scientist Eric Snodgrass is in the first heat wave. “On Tuesday in Illinois, we’re going to hit highs of more than 100 degrees. The Northern Plains is too close to the cooler air moving through the Canadian Prairies and you’ll see storms. Then, the second wave of heat will move through this weekend, bringing hotter temperatures to the Northern Plains and other parts of the Midwest.” Snodgrass is concerned about the longer-term impacts of the heat. The heatwaves could repeat again later this month and into July, when the crop is going through pollination. “There’s always a risk of a flash drought scenario given the La Nina set up.” In the Northern Plains this summer, Snodgrass says it could be stormier than hot and dry. “It’s a big change from last year.”
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