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xConnectNW 201 - Hot, Hot, Hot 2015

Producer: Elizabeth Medina, Associate Producer

Online Version: Elizabeth Medina

Posted: February 2, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Nicholas Loyd, AgWeather Net meteorologist, speaks with us about 2015 being Washington’s hottest year on the books. In a recent report released by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, 2015 ended 3.9 degrees above the normal average temperature and by far has been Washington’s warmest year on record. Much of those above normal temps came during Washington's unprecedented heat wave in June, temps during that time ran about 25 degrees above average.

Loyd said that a few of the main contributors to this occurrence was a “monster ridge” of high pressure and El Nino around the Pacific Northwest.

Since agriculture is a big industry in Washington, much of the water supply was affected by the minimal snow pack due to the warm temperatures. Loyd said that even several water districts in central Washington had to shut down their water supply for up to three weeks. For crops not to receive any water for this amount of time can greatly impact the yield in amount of crop produced and the quality of the crop.

It was then questioned how 2016 and beyond would look for farmers in central Washington. So far, Loyd says it looks like 2016 will be a better year. This winter we had a bigger snow pack meaning water supply should not be a problem. However, Loyd said it is difficult to formulate any kind of safety plan for the future.

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