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Thursday, February 14, 2013 T.K:.,AI_Q "--d'--*" O' Government Climate outlooks indicate moisture, but drought isn't over yet Although much of Minnesota is still in severe to extreme drought, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist Mark Seeley says the outlook shows a different story for late winter all the way into plant- ing season. "By no means am I saying that the drought is ending, but agree- ment among various forecasting models indicates a good chance that there will be some alleviation," said Seeley. The outlooks from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin- istration (NOAA) and other climate organizations foresee the jet stream bringing frequent weather distur- bances through spring. This is likely to result in increased precipitation for Minnesota through May. While the forecasted precipita- tion will be good news for plants, the storms expected for the remaining weeks of winter are also expected to produce strong winds and freez- ing rain mixed with snow. More peri- ods of sub-zero temperatures are also likely, but mostly in the northern parts of the state, according to the cli- mate outlook models. Northern areas (notably Koochiching, Itasca and St. Louis counties) have recorded temperatures in the negative 30s and 40s already this winter. More double- digit sub-zero temperatures may per- sist there into February. Current low soil temperatures and deeper frost depths (20-30 inches) prevent late winter and early spring precipitation from recharg- ing soil moisture levels. This can also contribute to injury of land- scape plants and crops like alfalfa. "More snow would be a welcome stabilizer for soil temperatures, which have dropped to single digits in recent weeks," said Seeley. Exten- sion Master Gardeners have docu- mented the detrimental effects of the cold in many areas of the state that have no snow cover. Exten- sion's forage specialists have noted the same for alfalfa. Minnesota has fared bet- ter than several other states dur- ing the drought that has persisted for the past year and a half. Reduc- tions in crop yields here were less than expected. Seeley reiterated that above normal precipitation for the late winter and early spring likely does not mean widespread drought alleviation and a normal crop season ahead for all portions of the state. "While there will likely be more abundant precipitation in the coming months - and flash floods are not out of the question either - climatologists and government agencies are still concerned with low lake and river levels, declining aquifers, and the potential for early growing season irrigation needs to be high. Farmers in some areas may still consider planting crops that require less moisture." Visit extreme-weather, for related edu- cational information on drought and winter impacts. Visit climate., for more information from the University of Minnesota's climatology working group. For more news from U of M Extension, visit www.extension., or contact Exten- sion Communications at extnews@ University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Page 17 1111111? ....... I1[111 ........... Bachmann visits with Kimball chamber By lean Doran Matua, Editor "I'm the complaint department," Congresswoman Michele Bach- mann told the Kimball area cham- ber of commerce at their Thurs- day, lan. 31, meeting. She went on to explain that she and her office do a lot of case work, solving problems for individuals like medals, pass- ports, and benefits. Several chamber members asked questions of Bachmann. Bank pres- ident Keith Markwardt mentioned that the ll2-year-old State Bank of Kimball has to merge and change its name because of over-regula- tion of banks. Bachmann favors the repeal of Dodd-Frank, and says that the problem is that our government is creating monopolies. Andy Maus asked why the U.S. doesn't cut foreign aid instead of domestic programs, especially those that help small business. "I'm an America-first person," was Bach- mann's response. Bachmann, who calls herself the country's strongest opponent to Obamacare, discussed at length some of her objections to it. (Find them at Mayor Tammy Konz has invited Bachmann back to Kimball for a "Coffee with your Congresswoman" event, a chance for individuals to meet with her one-on-one to get assistance, or to express their views. We'll let you knowwhen one is actually scheduled. Coverage for all the things you care for. STEVE SCHMITr 378 STATE ST N, EDEN VALLEY, MN FARMERS" Building Site Preparation Demolition * Basements Additons * Fill & Black Dirt Septic Systems (new or repair) Larry: 320.980.3556 state o ifkd Kevin: 320.980.3558 FREEes mates Kurt: 320.980.6499 I [F00iiiiiiiii Looking for a way to save? You need to insure both your auto and your home, so why not save money in the process? 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