Harvest and stormy weather forecast
Sharon Sahlfeld photo The Tom Hull family harvest crew began cutting this week along with Mitchell County area farmers. As of Tuesday, farmers have harvested a quarter of the winter wheat crop in Kansas, making an average progress from this time last year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports 68% of the wheat at a mature stage and the condition in the field at 6% excellent, 38% good and 33% fair. As harvest has just begun, so too has the stormy weather that is now being forecast. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Rooks, Osborne and Mitchell counties in north central Kansas and for portion of south central Nebraska for today (Friday). Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected across the outlook area this evening and overnight with a few storms forecast to be severe, mainly south of I80. The main threats include quarter sized hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph. Another additional thunderstorm chance is forecast for Saturday evening with a few strong to severe. Slight chances for thunderstorms continue Sunday and Monday, with better chances returning on Tuesday through Thursday.