Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CST
Light Snow
Temperature
13°F
Dew Point
6°F
Humidity
73%
Wind
NNE at 13 mph
Barometer
30.14 in. F
Visibility
1.75 mi.
Sunrise
07:15 a.m.
Sunset
05:07 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 12 to 8 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 23 miles per hour from the northeast. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is predicted.
7-Day Forecast
Sunday
12°F / 2°F
Partly Cloudy
Monday
18°F / 2°F
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
22°F / 8°F
Light Snow
Wednesday
8°F / -8°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
4°F / -8°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
16°F / -4°F
Mostly Cloudy
Saturday
33°F / 13°F
Icy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CST
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 12 to a low of 2 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 8 and 25 miles per hour from the northnortheast. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.
This Evening ...Temperatures will remain steady at 8 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 16 and 21 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 7 to 3 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 8 and 15 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 18 to a low of 2 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 14 miles per hour from the southsouthwest. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.

Alfalfa and cold temperatures

Jan. 16, 2014 | 0 comments

MADISON –

Whenever temperatures plummet during the winter, concerns rise about the health of alfalfa fields.

According to Dr. Dan Undersander, that concern is legitimate. In a document released on Jan. 9 after a stretch of bitterly cold temperatures, the University of Wisconsin Extension forage agronomist said, certainly, an alfalfa plant will die if exposed to cold enough temperatures.

However, the data indicates Wisconsin’s recent breathtakingly-cold spell will cause little to no injury or death of alfalfa.

Undersander explained that alfalfa generally survives winter and its periodic cold spells because it is hardy to temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees F. “This is the temperature of the crown, not the top growth,” he noted.

In addition, as little as four inches of loose snow will insulate the crown against up to 16 degrees F of air temperature. The crown is also insulated by the soil. Therefore, Undersander said, the critical temperature reading is two to four inches below the soil surface.

On Jan. 8, after the cold spell, the soil temperature of bare ground at four inches was in the single digits above 0 degrees F for all of the Midwest. The temperature was higher than the air temperature because of the insulating ability of the soil, Undersander noted.

However, soil temperatures at two to four inches under four or more inches of snow were generally 28 to 30 degrees F, he said. That’s well above the temperatures likely to cause injury to alfalfa.

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