Ames, Iowa – May is starting out much like April ended, with continued cold weather and rain across much of the region.
Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub, based in Ames, says the long-range forecast models well into the middle of May don’t show much change for precipitation or temperatures.
Some parts of the state have had standing water due to flooding for more than a month and some farmers are far behind in their planting due to soggy soil.
Todey says the weather pattern simply isn’t shifting much.
For areas of the state that still haven’t had the chance to dry out from the spring soakings, Todey says there’s little relief in the immediate forecast.
Todey expects the effects of the ongoing El Nino pattern to hang around into mid-summer, which could translate into below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation.