Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

After nearly two months of anomalous warmth kept the region uncharacteristically devoid of snow cover, timely snowfall accompanied the arrival of late-week bitter cold.

In Ukraine, the snow was sufficient (2-10 cm) to prevent widespread winterkill, as night-time lows plunged as low as -26°C at week’s end; however, there may have been some localized burnback where snow cover was shallow (less than 2 cm).

Heavier snow (10-25 cm, locally more) in southern Russia afforded dormant winter grains abundant insulation from readings as low as -22°C.

Despite the ongoing arctic blast, the overall impacts - if any - of the severe cold will remain minor as long as the snowpack remains intact.

*Picture central Russia yesterday