Volume 65 Number 17 August 27 2020
This Week's Weather & Pests

Continued dry weather with scorching late August heat across western Wisconsin contrasted with unsettled, stormy conditions in the central and southeastern areas. Numerous thunderstorms on Tuesday impacted the central and eastern counties, bringing hail, damaging winds and several inches of rainfall to some locations. A band of storms that dropped up to 6 inches of rain was observed from Wood County to Dodge County. Meanwhile, little or no rain fell in the west, and the latest U.S. Drought Monitor reports that moderate drought has developed in west-central Wisconsin (Buffalo, La Crosse, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties) for the first time since 2018. Clark, Crawford, Jackson, Monroe, and Richland counties are considered abnormally dry. Corn fields on lighter soils are firing, while two-spotted spider mite problems in soybeans have intensified with the persistent dryness. Rain is urgently needed for crop maturation and pasture growth.

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