Volume 60 Number 19 August 27 2015
This Week's Weather & Pests

Dry, breezy and cool conditions prevailed during the last days of August. Daytime high temperatures were 10-15F below normal at the start of the week and ranged from the upper 50s to lower 70s. Record low maximum temperatures were set on August 24 at numerous locations, including Stevens Point, which reported a daily high of only 57F, breaking the previous record of 62F set in 1940. Other cities establishing new records were Appleton (61F), Manitowoc (63F), Sturgeon Bay (61F), and Wisconsin Rapids (61F). Normal high temperatures at this time of year are around 80F. Alfalfa, apple, small grain and potato harvesting advanced under a mild, mostly dry weather pattern, although drought conditions persisted in the southwestern and central areas where the lack of moisture has increased crop quality concerns. The forecast calls for a return to summertime temperatures next week, which should help push crops toward maturity.

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