In this file:
· A new 'bomb cyclone' blizzard hits U.S. Plains and Midwest
· U.S. farmers, still reeling from floods, face new storm
· Flood waters start impacting properties in Lolo
· Four More U.S. Storms to Close Out April
A new 'bomb cyclone' blizzard hits U.S. Plains and Midwest
By Keith Coffman, Reuters
via WSAU (WI) - April 11, 2019
DENVER (Reuters) - A "bomb cyclone" blizzard, the second in a month, hit the Rockies on Wednesday and spun into the U.S. Plains and Midwest, bringing fears of more flooding in areas still recovering from last month's deluge.
Warm spring temperatures on Tuesday, upwards of 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Denver, gave way to frigid 20s, heavy snow, gale-force winds and life-threatening conditions, the National Weather Service said.
"It is a bomb cyclone, the second we've had," said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in Maryland. "This is like a slow-moving snowstorm inside a hurricane."
Wind gusts upwards of 100 mph were reported Wednesday in eastern Colorado, Hurley said.
Denver International Airport reported that about half its flights, 755, were canceled Wednesday and into early Thursday, but all runways remained operational.
Residents throughout the north-central United States could expect downed trees, widespread power outages, road closures and treacherous driving through Friday, the NWS said.
More than 10,000 homes and businesses were without power in South Dakota and about another 10,000 in Minnesota early Thursday, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.Us.
In March, another "bomb cyclone," which involves a rapidly intensifying cyclone, triggered heavy rain over the region and combined with melting snow to cause flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries. More than $3 billion in damage was done to property and crops in Nebraska and Iowa alone.
This week's storm will keep dumping snow on parts of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin throughout the day, meteorologist Hurley said.
"The heaviest snow so far is piling up in South and North Dakota, with some areas getting 17 inches, and more is on the way," he said. "We're expected another 10 to 15 inches before this is done."
That snow adds to the woes of the Midwest farmlands, which in recent weeks saw record flooding that washed out crops and drowned cattle...
U.S. farmers, still reeling from floods, face new storm
Mark Weinraub, Reuters
April 10, 2019
CHICAGO, April 10 (Reuters) - U.S. farmers, who have spent the last month sifting through damage left by a storm that flooded more than a million acres of crop land, now face a blizzard ahead of planting season.
The storm hit the U.S. Rockies on Wednesday and was forecast to move eastward, threatening to bring as much as 30 inches of snow to western Minnesota and southeast South Dakota and another round of flooding to the Plains states.
“We are still recovering from the bomb cyclone and the floods,” said Craig Frenzen, a 55-year-old farmer from Fullerton, Nebraska. “This storm is testing our will, testing our mindset about what we are going to do with farmland that is left.”
Frenzen, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat and raises cattle, said about a sixth of his acreage was devastated by the floods in March. Even after the waters receded, his land was strewn with sand, silt and other debris that he estimated would cost $500 to $600 an acre to get back into production.
The latest storm would delay planting on his remaining acres and threaten some of the cattle, particularly young calves and pregnant cows. The herd must be constantly monitored throughout the storm to ensure that animals do not suffocate in the snow.
“It’s no sleep,” said Frenzen, who was setting up wind breaks on his operations as protection from hypothermia.
The storm will hit just as many farmers are making their final preparations to begin planting. Growers were hoping to get an early start this year as a rainy fall limited the amount of field work they could do after harvest, but the weather has not cooperated.
“It is a very wet snow,” said Drew Lerner, meteorologist with World Weather Inc. “It will melt and there is no place for that moisture to go.”
Spring delays threaten productivity at a time when the farm economy is already under severe stress and growers’ profits are falling due to the trade war with China...
Flood waters start impacting properties in Lolo
KTMF News/FOX Montana
Apr 10, 2019
Flood waters have started to creep onto the Lolo Trail Ranch off of Highway 12, so Ranch Director, Dave Rodiek, said they've already had to start keeping a close eye on their homes and livestock.
"Every creek has flooded so far, up behind some of the houses so we've had to sandbag. As you saw on the way in down the main road, both sides of the main road. It's looking like the main creek may eventually flood," explained Rodiek.
Water has been running down the property right near one of the homes.
Rodiek is hoping these sandbags will prevent water from getting inside, but it's just too early to tell.
"There’s a lot of snow. We still have a lot of ice on the property that has still yet to melt, so yes we're concerned," emphasized Rodiek.
They installed a water pump because they needed help with draining since water levels were getting high, so they are draining this water into the pond to help control it.
Rodiek said they have 600 cattle on the property, but they have not been impacted yet...
Four More U.S. Storms to Close Out April
Mother Nature to spread out her fury with late-April storms.
By Mike McGinnis, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 4/10/2019
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The bad news is that four more storms are expected to hit the U.S. before the month of April ends.
The only silver lining is that not one single area will be hit by all four storms.
For farmers, planting delays will be unavoidable, though, for the next 10 days.
However, after this series of storms, the month of May looks warm and dry.
The first storm is very intense coming out of the central Rockies today, dumping snow and traveling into the central Plains states moving eastward into the western Lakes over the next few days.
“The very slow moving storm is hitting western Kansas on Wednesday. By noon tomorrow (Thursday), it will have not moved very far,” says Dale Moehler, AccuWeather meteorologist.
By Friday, at noon, the eye of the storm will be over Rochester, Minnesota. And the storm will weaken at that point. It will trigger some rainfall in the eastern Corn Belt by the weekend.
It’s the slow movement that is contributing to the amounts of rain and snow that the Midwest will get out of this first storm.
“On the north side of the storm, where there is a lot of cold air, 18 inches of snow has fallen in western South Dakota. And we’re looking for general storm totals of between 1 and 2 feet of snow between northwest Nebraska, most of South Dakota, into west-central Minnesota,” Moehler says.
To the south of storm number one, the weather will be a mixture of rain, snow, and sleet, he says.
Just 40 miles north of that storm line, it’s expected to be an all-out blizzard, Moehler says.
“The highest snow totals are probably going to be around 3 feet for central and northeast South Dakota, with 50 to 60 mph wind – an all-out blizzard,” Moehler says.
Historically, this is a five- to 10-year storm for the High Plains that could close down highways and interstates.
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