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Weather in 2018 was near normal, but averages hide record-setting events

Do the math on temperatures and rainfall for all of 2018. On average, you get “near normal,” says Pat Guinan, University of Missouri Extension climatologist. “Weather was anything but that,” Guinan adds. Record-setting numbers hide in an average.  For starters, look at the “non-spring” of 2018. April was the second coldest on record going back […]

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Weather summary for November indicates snowfall totaled 6-1/4 inches

The National Weather Service, entering last month, had predicted November would be colder than normal, with a moderate chance for above normal precipitation. The long-range forecast turned out to be accurate for temperatures, however, November had less than average moisture despite measurable precipitation on ten dates, including measurable snow on four of those dates. Snowfall […]

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Rapid Removal and City of Trenton at odds over wastewater in trash

The three-member utility committee, two other councilmen, Mayor, and other city officials last night heard Jim Watje (WAY-jee) of Rapid Removal Disposal inquire as to why Trenton will not accept wastewater, such as rainwater found with the trash. He said the liquid goes into a holding tank and Rapid Removal is hauling it by truck every month to […]

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Trenton receives above average precipitation for the first time since October 2017

The August weather summary for Trenton shows above average monthly precipitation for the first time since October 2017 with above average temperatures. Rainfall in Trenton for the month of August totaled 6.94 inches which is 2.41 inches above average for the month. There was measurable rainfall on ten dates in August, with five of those […]

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Tuesday night rain cuts into yearly deficit

Significant rainfall Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning boosted August precipitation to 6.07 inches, which makes August the first-month precipitation in Trenton has been above average during any month since October 2017.  Overnight rainfall is also the most rainfall in any month since Trenton received 6.8 inches in October of 2017. The official rain total for Trenton, reported […]

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Four additional counties in northern Missouri reach extreme drought status

The U. S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday indicates as many as 26 counties have been classified in D-3 or extreme drought.  That’s an expansion in parts of four more counties from last week’s drought map. Countywide extreme drought conditions exist for Grundy, Sullivan, Daviess, Caldwell, Livingston, and Linn from the Green Hills Region. Also […]

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Missouri crop progress and condition report for week of July 23, 2018

Temperatures last week averaged 79.2 degrees, 0.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.81 inches statewide, 0.03 inches above normal.  There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 22, 2018. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 41 percent very short, 36 percent short, and 23 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 40 […]

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Northern Missouri drought escalates into extreme conditions

Warmer than normal temperatures dominated the region, with the Upper Midwest having the greatest departures with temperatures 4-6 degrees above normal. It was also a fairly dry week over the region with only spotty precipitation over portions of central Illinois into Indiana. Minnesota into northwest Iowa recorded the most precipitation during the week as the […]

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Drought conditions deepen in northern Missouri to include 20 counties

Parts of twenty northern Missouri counties are now listed with severe drought conditions. The latest U.S. drought monitor index map for Missouri was released Thursday which shows about 47% of the state’s population is affected by abnormal dryness or drought conditions. Area counties experiencing severe drought are Grundy, Daviess, DeKalb, Caldwell, Clinton, Livingston, Linn, and Chariton. Portions […]

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With rain deficit nearing 10-inches, soil moisture supplies not faring well with farmers

The recent lack of rainfall has increased the percentages that are short on topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in Grundy County. A Monday report from the Farm Service Agency office in Trenton shows topsoil moisture is 50% short and 15% very short. Both figures are greater than last week. Thirty-five percent of the topsoil moisture […]

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Drought conditions in North Missouri continue to worsen

Six area counties in northern Missouri are now listed with a D-2 or severe drought designation. The U.S. Drought Monitor index issued a map Thursday indicating worsening drought for the western parts of Grundy and Livingston counties as well as all, or nearly all, of Daviess, Caldwell, DeKalb, and Clinton Counties. Three counties in extreme northeast Missouri also […]