After weeks of cool wet weather, it looks like the Inland Northwest will have its first taste of heat for 2017. Dennis Hull with the National Weather Service told the Washington Ag Network temperatures will climb into the upper 80s under clear skies for the upcoming days. However, he said the hot weather will not last long.
“Field work should advance pretty good Wednesday and Thursday. Now, we do expect a cold front to bring in some showers and even some scatter thunderstorms for Thursday night into Friday, rainfall totals mainly ¼” to ½”. But you know with these thunderstorms you can get locally heavier rainfall in some isolated areas.”
Hull said while we could see unstable weather in the coming weeks, temperatures should consistently increase. Hull says soil temperatures are currently in the 50s, but Hull expects those to increase.
“They should warm 7 to 10 degrees in the coming days and that will allow germination and development of the warm season crops tomatoes, corn, and some of the melons and things like that.”
Hull added Growing degree days still lag behind the past couple of years, but aren’t too far off from the 30 year average. Hull also noted April 2017 was the 2nd wettest for Wenatchee on record.
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