NDAWN Director Daryl Ritchison Talks Fall Weather
Fargo, ND — All of North Dakota and northwest Minnesota experienced some levels of severe drought this past summer, but that trend has since reversed itself in the past month or so. North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network Director Daryl Ritchison provided us some updates recently on past, current, and future weather patterns. Ritchison notes that mother nature has essentially hit the reset button when it comes to moisture.
While it’s wet now, we are also still well behind the yearly average. Ritchison notes the fact that the soil is saturated NOW is all that matters.
There are a number of producers still with acres in the corn in the field yet to be harvested. The good news is that the weather for the next few weeks should be favorable for finishing up harvest.
Looking at the long-term forecast, Ritchison is predicting the first real snowfall to take place in mid-November and for the rest of the winter to be relatively cold and wet.
That’s Daryl Ritchison, Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, otherwise known as NDAWN.