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Hazardous Traveling Conditions for the Midwest; Strong Pacific Storm Approaching

A storm will track across portions of the Midwest and into the western Great Lakes through Friday as a combination of a wintry mixture and rain will result in hazardous traveling conditions. A strong Pacific system will be approaching with high winds, and heavier rain and snow late Friday into the weekend with impacts spreading across much of the West. Across Hawaii, strong winds and high surf. Read More >

A persistent upper level high pressure ridge set up over a good portion of the Rockies and Great Plains during late June and well into July, resulting in well above average temperatures and well below normal values of precipitation.  These circumstances brought the quick onset of drought conditions across much of the central United States, and has been hard on area rivers, livestock and crops.  Below is a table of just a few pictures from around the area showing the effects of the ongoing drought.

 

Main channel of the Platte River just east of Grand Island on Highway 34. Main channel of the Platte River just east of Grand Island on Highway 34. Main channel of the Platte River just east of Grand Island on Highway 34.
North channel of the Platte River
along south Locust St. near Grand Island
South channel of the Platte River on
South Locust St. near Grand Island
Dry and cracked Platte riverbed.
Parched and cracked ground. Distressed bean field. Dried-up corn field.
Leaves on the trees are already beginning to turn yellow and drop to the ground.
Lovewell Resevoir, KS.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Reeve Washington.
Corn field near Gothenburg.
Photo courtesy of Ryan Tullinger.

 


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