Warmer weather brings flood worries for meteorologists, anticipation for farmersAnticipated warm weather over the next week has meteorologists concerned with flood watch and farmers ready to get back in the fields.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
Anticipated warm weather over the next week has meteorologists concerned with flood watch and farmers ready to get back in the fields.
The talk of the last few months in North Dakota is when winter will be done? Despite the slow melt and the possibility of record setting floods, farmers are ready to work.
Gordon Grundstrom is ready to get back into his fields in Drayton.
Gordon: "If we can luck out here, we're thinking maybe by the 12th of may. You know, the river hasn't broke yet. That's gonna be a big factor."
The slow melt has farmers waiting to tend to their fields, some of which are filled with water.
Dave Kellenbenz, Senior Meteorologist:"Areas could be seeing some significant overland flooding. Some areas do have black soil showing some water may start to soak in but we're going to be looking at mainly fields under water for quite some time especially as we head into next week."
With weather below average temperatures it's anybody's guess as to when they can get to work.
Kellenbenz: "It's going to be very late, some areas might not be able to get in until the later part of may.
Grundstrom: "2011 was really late again, like we started may 11th to 12th in 2011. 2010 is probably the norm."
Gordon is one of many farmers who are hoping the weather heats up soon. While that could be bad in terms of flooding, he says it'll begin the process of melting the snow and draining the water.
Gordon: "We're ready for the warm weather, i mean, something's gotta break to get this river going."
Gordon said under normal circumstances farmers like to lay down fertilizer between april 20th and 25th.