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January 2018

Amid intensifying drought and wild temperature variations, farmers across the southern half of the Plains watched rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat turn brown or wither. In contrast, snow periodically blanketed the northern Plains and upper Midwest, although early-January cold blasts locally resulted in temperatures below –40°F.


Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.

Weatherwise Contributing Editor JEFFREY B. HALVERSON is Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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