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‘Forecast’ weather update for May 26

Weekly weather update for professional turf managers from Frank Rossi:

Temp & GDD

Before the heat arrived, it was generally cool and damp to the south, with more moderate temperatures and dry to the north at 0 to 2 degrees above normal across New York and southern New England, 2 to 6 degrees above normal in northern New England. GDD about 1 to 2 weeks behind last year and vary between 1 to 2 weeks behind normal Upstate to +/-3 days in most other places. Soils in the upper 60s to low 50s south to north.

Moisture

Precipitation was less than an inch across New England, NY, NJ and NW PA and < 0.25” in upstate NY. One to two inch totals were common to the south of this area, and increased to over 3 inches in southern MD. ET was very high 0.75-1.25” and resulted in deficits in many areas.

Forecast

An extremely warm weekend with temps 12 degrees above normal and typical summer hit and miss thunderstorms will persist into midweek. A cold front moves in Wednesday will signal a pattern
change to a wet and slightly cooler than normal pattern in the week two period. The rainiest stretch is likely to be Friday-Sunday.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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‘Forecast’ weather update for May 19

Weekly weather update for professional turf managers from Frank Rossi:

Temp & GDD

A fourth cooler than normal week, 4 to 6 degrees below normal to the south along I-95 corridor, and inland to the north/west only 2 to 4 degrees below normal. Base 50GDD have now moved behind last year’s very slow cold spring and a full two weeks behind normal. Keep in mind at this time of the year, GDDs can catch up rapidly. Soils continue to lag in the upper 40s and just into the mid-50s to far south of the region.

Moisture

Storm expected last week did not deliver much rainfall, except to the far south. Most areas received < .5″ and .5″ to 1″ north from the Hudson Valley. ET .5″ to .75″. Some moisture deficits exist along the New England Coast and the northern I-95 corridor.

Forecast

A slightly active showery and very cool weekend will linger along the coast but give way to a big warm up and dry start to the week. Expect above normal temps into the high 70’s and 80’s north. South of NYC will warm to normal (it will feel much warmer!). Expect some drying for now but long term models calling for warm and above normal moisture.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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‘Forecast’ weather update for May 12

Weekly weather update for professional turf managers from Frank Rossi:

Temp & GDD

A third cooler-than-normal week, 4 to 6 degrees below normal along the coast and inland, but only 2 to 4 degrees below normal west. Base 50 GDD near normal or a few days behind last year’s very slow, cold Spring. Dandelion control models indicating ideal controls reaching north into Hudson and Conn. Valleys. Soils continue to lag in the upper 40s and only into the mid-50s to far south of the region.

Moisture

Another week of mostly adequate moisture except to the western section of the region to Buffalo, where less than .5″ of rain fell, and along the coast between .5″ and 1″. The rest of the region received 1″ to 2″. ET is beginning to rise as the sun heads to its highest point in the sky, .75″ to 1″. Some moisture deficits exist along the New England coast.

Forecast

Expect another cool and moist start to the week with temps starting 5 below normal with some frost warnings possible. Mid-week expect a shift to warmer weather with highs in the 70s and a brief drying period, with rainfall expected again in the 8- to 14-day outlook. Pattern shifting to warm and wet.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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‘Forecast’ weather update for May 5

Weekly weather update for professional turf managers from Frank Rossi:

Temp & GDD

A cooler than normal week with most areas 4-6 degrees below normal. This has really put a halt on growing conditions with base 50 GDD generally <20 across the region. Still ahead of last year’s very cold spring by about a week and now have lost ground on the 15 yr. avg.(normal) with most areas right around normal. Soils are in the upper 40’s still up north to upper 50’s to the south.

Moisture

Adequate rainfall fell across most of the region with 1-2” recorded in most locations. Exceptions include 3”+ to the far south in the DC area and drier to the east on LI and New England around 0.5” as well as the far west in Buffalo at <0.5″. ET was about 0.5” region wide.

Forecast

Following a cool wet weekend, expect the showery period to continue through the week with temps slightly above normal. Driest and warmest days to start the week with peak showers expected in the Wed./Thurs. time-frame. Rainfall totals in the 0.5-1” range for this week. The 8-14 day outlook continues to call for slightly warmer and moist conditions.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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‘Forecast’ weather update for April 28

Weekly weather update for professional turf managers from Frank Rossi:

Temp & GDD

A strong temperature gradient across the Northeast US left the area south of the NY/PA line 6 degrees above normal for last week and area north of the state lines 2-4 degrees below normal. Base 50 GDD continue to be 2 weeks ahead of last year and again along the coast 1-2 weeks ahead of 15 yr. avg. and inland about 1 week behind historical normal. Soils are in the low to mid 60’s along the I-95 corridor and upper 50’s inland.

Moisture

A good 0.5 to 1” rainfall fell across the region with some scattered amounts greater than 1” and a few patches of less than 0.5”. ET is starting to pick up again this past week at 0.75-1” of water lost. Still many dry areas evident but some relief is noticeable in the landscape.

Forecast

Expect an active rainfall pattern for the beginning of the week in the Sunday/Monday timeframe with as much 1.5-2” and some 3” rainfall amounts expected along the coast. Inland and north should be drier. By midweek, drying will return as will perfectly normal Spring temps with highs in the 50-70’s and lows 30’s to 50’s. Long term (8-14d) models calling for a cooler and dry period.

For more turf-related weather info and decision-making tools, visit the ForeCast website.

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‘Best Practices’ newsletter – Week 4

20160125-1New York State Best Management Practices for Golf Courses – Volume 1, Issue 4 (February 22, 2016)

This new weekly newsletter from Cornell turfgrass specialist Frank Rossi will run until the ShortCUTT newsletter starts its 17th season in late March.

In this issue:

  • Irrigation BMPs
  • Canada Restricts Chlorothalonil
  • How do you want your turf management info?
  • Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan

‘Best Practices’ newsletter – Week 3

20160125-1New York State Best Management Practices for Golf Courses – Volume 1, Issue 3 (February 15, 2016)

This new weekly newsletter from Cornell turfgrass specialist Frank Rossi will run until the ShortCUTT newsletter starts its 17th season in late March.

In this issue:

  • Water budgeting
  • PGA and BMPs
  • Nitrogen management
  • New York Environmental Leaders (NYEL) program

‘Best Practices’ newsletter – Week 2

20160125-1New York State Best Management Practices for Golf Courses – Volume 1, Issue 2 (February 1, 2016)

This new weekly newsletter from Cornell turfgrass specialist Frank Rossi will run until the ShortCUTT newsletter starts its 17th season in late March.

In this issue:

  • Sustainable turf nutrition
  • Cost of water
  • Using EIQ to choose pesticides
  • Are voluntary environmental programs worth it?
  • Have you taken the BMP Quiz and Assessment?

‘Best Practices’ newsletter – Week 1

20160125-1New York State Best Management Practices for Golf Courses – Volume 1, Issue 1 (January 25, 2016)

This new weekly newsletter from Cornell turfgrass specialist Frank Rossi will run until the ShortCUTT newsletter starts its 17th season in late March.

In this issue:

  • Easy way to learn more about your soil.
  • Take the ‘Best Practices’ quiz and assessment.
  • A look at insecticide chemistry.
  • Looking for progressive approaches to water quality protection.
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