Jet stream creating abnormally windy spring


Jet stream creating abnormally windy spring

The start of the growing season has been significantly windier for Midwest farmers.

Michigan climatologist Jeff Andresen says an amplified pattern in the jet stream across the Midwest has brought more extreme shifts in temperature and more wind.

“The ridges and troughs are much larger than they typically are in a given year and that’s something we see in the cold season but not so much in the summer.”

He says a turn to more normal summer-like conditions this week is finally allowing some farmers to finish fieldwork like spraying and fertilizing without 15 to 20 mile per hour gusts.

Andresen made his comments during this week’s MSU Extension Field Crops virtual breakfast.

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