As many areas in the Midwest and the western U.S. are still experiencing snow with winter still biting well into May.
Thousands of American farmers are still unable to plant their crops due to saturated soil from record rain and snowfall with planting still remaining behind schedule in 17 of 18 key states for both corn and soybean compared to their 2014-2018 averages.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), however, has put a positive spin on the national disaster by claiming, "The U.S. moved closer to being drought-free in April," in its monthly evaluation of weather across the United States.
In the report by NOAA, there is not one single reference to the unprecedented flooding across the plains and the mid-west focussing entirely on "drought relief," and the unusual warmth felt in Alaska and across the Mid-Atlantic.
The omission of references to the flooding and the stress on the country's farmers is quite frankly staggering from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
More wet weather is expected in the Midwest Tuesday into Wednesday, including flooding downpours, hail and possible tornadoes, as well as this weekend. "That will raise some concerns for getting the crops in on time," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls. "The problem areas are Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas."
According to the Weather Channel, another round of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to impact parts of the Plains and Midwest into the late week as disturbances in an active jet stream spread through those regions.
An expansive swath of heavy rain is ongoing this morning from West Texas into parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, prompting numerous flash flood warnings.
Water rescues were reported overnight near Hominy, Oklahoma, Joplin, Missouri, and other locations.
While April 2019 was a disaster for American farmers, April 2019 was the 2nd hottest on record for the globe
Arctic sea ice coverage reached a record low last month
Earth continues to sweat it out, and last month was no exception.
April 2019 was the second-hottest April on the record, which dates to 1880. The Arctic region wasn’t spared either, as sea ice coverage shrunk to a record low for the month.
Here are highlights from NOAA’s latest monthly global climate report:
Climate by the numbers
The average global temperature in April was 1.67 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 56.7 degrees F, making it the second-hottest April in the 140-year record behind April 2016. Last month also was the 43rd consecutive April and 412 consecutive months that saw above-average global temperatures.
Year to date I January through April
The period from January through April produced a global temperature 1.62 degrees F above the average of 54.8 degrees, which is the third-hottest YTD on record. The record-warm temperatures for the fourth-month period were registered in parts of Australia, southeastern Brazil, central Asia, the southern Atlantic and southwestern Indian oceans and the Barents, East China and Tasman seas.
More notable stats
Sea ice shrinks markedly at both poles: Average Arctic sea ice coverage (extent) in April was 8.4 per cent below the 1981-2010 average – the lowest for April on record. The Antarctic sea ice extent was 16.6 per cent below average, the third smallest for April on record.
Canadian coolness reached southward: Cooler-than-average temperatures were logged from January through April across much of Canada and the north-central U.S., about 3.6 degrees F below average.
April 2019 was 2nd hottest on record for the globe
U.S. moved closer to being drought-free in April