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National Weather Service advises Panhandle residents to watch for winter storms this spring

Storms affect crop planting and gardening
Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 8:11 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - It may be spring but the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, WY cautions Panhandle residents to be aware of sporadic cold weather in the next few months. This will affect plans for gardening and farmers planting crops.

“The final average freeze last freeze across the Nebraska Panhandle is somewhere in the May 13 to the May 20 time frame,” said Matthew Brothers Meteorologist National Weather Service Cheyenne, WY. “Don’t be fooled by some of these warm days and start planting crops or just flowers outside as they could still be at risk to frost in the area.”

National Weather Service said snow gives moisture farmers need for their crops and the lack of snowfall can cause issues when planting.

“Farmers may not have to water as much right now,” said Brothers. “If we don’t get anymore winter storms here in the next month or so which is a big source of our moisture here in spring that could still cause some drought issues for local farmers.”

“A lot of the forecasters here in the office can get worried about damage potentially being done to their house,” said Brothers. “It’s definitely a stressful environment especially in hearing of injuries that might be caused by the storm but a lot of people here at the weather service had experience of very stressful environments and know how to handle it in those situations.”

National Weather Service said the spring severe weather has an impact on the community.

“Farmers out in the Nebraska panhandle hail can be very damaging to crops we’ve seen in the past golf ball and baseball sized hail destroying many crops whether it’s soybeans or corn in the area as well as damaging winds can knock over trees and damaging farming equipment,” said Brothers.

National Weather Service Cheyenne, WY will host an event on their Facebook page to educate the public on severe weather topics in April.

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