Winter Dry Season

The below average precipitation in the past several months has raised many eyebrows.  I always remind individuals that from November through March we only average the same moisture as we do in the month of June.  Winter is a dry period for us.  Recent wetter winters have tended to warp our perceptions of winter precipitation and snow amounts.  We are still only one storm away from getting back to average, plus, if you live in the Red River Valley, soil moisture is still at or even above average.  Of course, west of the valley a vast majority of fields would be on the dry side.  Even though I’ve been forecasting a dry 2021, we all know things can change quickly.

Daryl Ritchison