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Weather Wizard Predicts Cold, Cold, Cold

Winter will be continue to be colder than normal across the Dakotas, says Leon Osborne's prediction for 2008. Osborne, CEO of Meridian Environmental Technologies. He spoke today Prairie Grains Conference in Grand Forks, N.D.

December temperatures to date are running 15 degrees F below normal in North Dakota. The season will end up 5-8 degrees below normal because a strong polar circulation will continue to pump Artic air across the Northern Plains, he says.

Osborne also made these predictions:

Spring will be drier and cooler than last year, with high change a late spring freeze – maybe in June.

Summer will bring normal rainfall and temperatures in the eastern Dakotas, but it will be hotter and drier in the central and western Dakota. Drought in the Dakotas may displace Atlanta and the southeast as the area most severely impacted region.

Fall will be warmer, wetter and longer than normal, much like the fall of 2007.

"No drought this year in the Midwest," Osborne says. "But the region will see a very significant one in 2009, 2010 or 2011."

According to Osborne, the Dakotas are coming to the end of the wet cycle that they have been in since 1992.

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