Star Date 15 Oct 2018 Monday

Captain's Log

Happy Monday folks. :)

Thought we'd have some green screen fun today in our replica Captain Kirk chair. No we're not going to blow up the USS Enterprise but we will talk about our live segment on RFD-TV, the snowy pattern, 2-week outlook and more. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.

This past Thursday at 1:30pm EDT we were live on RFD-TV (Rural Farm TV) on Direct TV channel 345 and Dish 231 talking about our YEAR-AHEAD Winter outlook for the U.S. and our FarmCast service for farmers.

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This week we'll be discussing Canada and Europe's Winter outlook same time.

The NOAA before and after photos from Michael are absolutely devastating. NOAA will do a reanalysis of the hurricane to ultimately determine if the 155 mph sustained winds at landfall were accurate or if it was even strong.


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157 mph would be a Cat 5. For now it was the 4th strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in terms of 155 mph winds, 3rd strongest in terms of pressure. Weather Trends season ahead hurricane outlook has done exceptionally well both in terms of the number of systems but also where the highest risk areas would be this season. And...we're not out of the woods yet with 6 weeks left in the season. To date the season is above average with 14 named storms, 15 total systems (includes a tropical depression that doesn't get a name), 7 hurricanes, 2 major hurricanes (both made landfall in U.S.) and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy ACE index of 112.

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Shifting gears to talk SNOW...North America snow cover is off to the fastest start in 52 years! Here in the U.S. our snowfall index shows the most snow here in October in 9 years. The two other fast starting snowy Octobers were 2009 and 2013 and both went onto to bring a very cold and snowy Winter. Get ready!

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Snow cover this morning was also off the chart for this early in the season with 16.7% of the U.S. with snow on the ground. The most in over 15 years and well above the average of 2.5%.

This week (15-21 October) is again the coldest in 9 years and 3rd coldest in 30 years for the U.S. overall and 8th wettest of the past 30 years.

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Next week (22-28 Oct) is again coldest in 9 years and 3rd wettest in 30 years for the U.S. overall which is great for seasonal product manufacturers and retailers selling Fall merchandise. A strong finish to Q3 (Aug-Oct).

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Around the world we see the cold invading Europe next week as well.

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Our team will be down at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Orlando Florida, stop by and visit us at both #784

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- Captain Kirk out.