Classic El Nino setting up U.S. for ideal planting conditions

February 6, 2019

Precipitation expected to shrink drought in most regions of the U.S.


A very classic El Nino weather pattern is present this year, and overall, the U.S. forecast is in good shape, Art Douglas, professor emeritus of Creighton University, told attendees of the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show.


Douglas explained that the classic El Nino pattern is ideal for bringing storms to the West Coast. “California has already had good rains, and we’re getting ready to have a long period of above-normal precipitation,” he said.


Above-normal temperatures are going to continue into the summer and early fall, so this El Nino is not going away anytime soon, he added. “What we have now is what will continue into the summer,” he said.


Further, Douglas said sea surface temperature forecasts for the summer of 2019 also suggest