John Baranick

DTN Meteorologist
John Baranick

John Baranick graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's of science degree in meteorology and a minor in agronomy. He has been a meteorologist with DTN since 2011.

John uses his forecasts to comment on its impacts to different industries and helping customers make important business decisions. His comments have been received by clients in the aviation, transportation, energy, and agriculture industries worldwide.

John works out of the Burnsville, Minnesota, office.

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  • DTN Ag Weather Brief

    A weak system continues from the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, as does a stalled front across the Southern Plains. But the next system will move through the Canadian Prairies and...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Continued heavy rain, flooding, and severe weather in the U.S., wet weather in western Europe, and dryness in the Black Sea, are the weather factors driving the markets Wednesday.

  • The total tornado reports to the Storm Prediction Center have been well above the normal pace in 2024 (in red). (NOAA graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    An active weather pattern has brought lots of rain to the U.S., but also resulted in a lot of severe weather, including long-tracked tornadoes and derechos. How does this year compare to...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Continued heavy rain, flooding and severe weather in the U.S., wet weather in western Europe, and continued dryness in the Black Sea are the weather factors driving the markets Tuesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Continued heavy rain, flooding, and severe weather in the U.S., wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Friday.

  • Limited rainfall is forecast in south-central Brazil but may be locally heavy as forecast by the European model. (DTN graphic)

    South America Calling

    It has been very dry for more than a month in safrinha corn growing areas in central and south-central Brazil. Many have not seen a drop in over six weeks. But a front coming up from the south gives some hope to a crop that...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, especially through the Corn Belt with heavy rain, flooding, and severe weather, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, especially through the Corn Belt with heavy rain, flooding, and severe weather, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, especially through the Corn Belt with heavy rain, flooding, and severe weather, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, and...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, especially through the Corn Belt, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Monday.

  • Below-normal temperatures in the Canadian Prairies will lead to frosts and some limited potential for snow. (DTN graphic)

    Canadian Prairies Weather Outlook

    The active pattern has brought areas of rain through the Canadian Prairies and continues through the weekend and likely early next week. But the bigger concern will be colder temperatures that will produce frosts and a limited...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. and Canada with a more consistent storm track through the Corn Belt, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the...

  • More heavy rain is coming to the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil, where over 100 millimeters (4 inches), is forecast over the next 10 days. (DTN graphic)

    South America Calling

    Intense flooding that developed two weeks ago has been exacerbated by continual rains that have fallen in the area. The active pattern continues for the next week with two more fronts bringing aggravating rainfall to the region.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, with a more consistent storm track through the Corn Belt possible, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and flooding rain...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, with a more consistent storm track through the Corn Belt possible, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and flooding rain...

  • A seemingly endless supply of disturbances is creating a chaotic forecast that shrouds our ability to see the exact outcomes. (DTN photo by John Baranick)

    Ag Weather Forum

    Two jet streams with multiple embedded disturbances will continue to charge through the U.S. and Canada for the next couple of weeks. Expect changes to your local forecast because of all the interaction and timing differences...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. and Canada, wet weather in western Europe, continued dryness in the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. with improvements in the remaining drought, poor weather in western Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. with areas of heavy rain and severe storms but improvements in the drought, poor weather in western Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the...

  • Rainfall over the last two months in the Black Sea Region -- especially eastern Ukraine and southwestern Russia -- has been well below normal. (DTN graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    Mostly warm and dry weather over the last two months has robbed surface soil moisture from what was a really good winter precipitation pattern in the Black Sea region. With wheat heading in the south and getting close in the...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. with areas of heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in western Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the...

  • The jet stream will split into two pieces this week and remain active across North America. (Tropical Tidbits graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    The jet stream is going to split into two pieces this week, but both a northern jet and a southern one look to remain active across North America, pushing storm systems through that produce regular rainfall.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. with areas of heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in western Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the U.S. with areas of heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in western Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil and flooding rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S. with heavy rain and severe storms but an eventual turn colder for most areas, poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and heavy rain in southern Brazil are the...

  • Heavy, flooding rain in the state of Rio Grande do Sul continues for the next 10 days. (DTN graphic)

    South America Calling

    Heavy rain that has fallen recently over the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil has caused many issues with flooding including injuries, deaths and impact to both the harvest of the summer crop and planting of the...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S. with heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil and heavy rain in southern Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Thursday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S. with heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil, and heavy rain in northern Argentina and southern Brazil are the weather factors...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S. with heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil and heavy rain in northern Argentina and southern Brazil are the weather factors...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S. with heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in central Brazil and heavy rain in northern Argentina and southern Brazil are the weather factors...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S. with heavy rain and severe storms, poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in Brazil and heavy rain in Argentina are the weather factors...

  • Wet weather during the last 30 days has caused all sorts of issues for the maturing and harvest of the corn and soybean crops in Argentina. (DTN graphic)

    South America Calling

    The corn and soybean crop in Argentina had looked really good for most of the growing season. But late wetness has led to issues with pests, disease, the inability for the crop to mature properly, and especially harvest.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S., poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in Brazil and heavy rain in Argentina are the weather factors driving the markets Thursday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S., poor weather in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in Brazil and heavy rain in Argentina are the weather factors driving the markets Wednesday.

  • Heavy rainfall is forecast for large areas of the Plains and Midwest going into early May. (DTN graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    Several storm systems will line up in a pattern that will promote widespread precipitation through much of the Plains and Midwest, including dry areas which missed recent storm systems. A very active pattern is set up to start...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S., a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in Brazil and heavy rain in Argentina are the weather factors driving the markets Tuesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active pattern for the Central U.S., a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, dryness in Brazil, and heavy rain in Argentina are the weather factors driving the markets Monday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Weather factors for Friday markets in a strong cold front for the Plains, a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea and the end of wet season showers in central Brazil, and heavy rain in Argentina.

  • Soil moisture as of April 10, the latest image available, still paints most of Brazil with below-normal soil moisture. (USDA/CPC graphic)

    South America Calling

    Wet season showers have effectively ended this week in most of Brazil, which puts the onus on fronts coming from Argentina to supply any excess moisture for the safrinha corn crop in central and southern Brazil. Corn conditions...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A strong cold front that will bring a risk of frost to the Plains, a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, and the end of the consistent wet season showers in central Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Weather factors driving the markets Wednesday are a strong cold front with a risk of frost for the Plains, a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea and the end of the consistent wet season showers in central Brazil.

  • Strong thunderstorms, such as in this photo by DTN Meteorologist Marcus Hustedde, and heavy rain will move through portions of the country this week. The rain is needed in some areas and unwelcome in others. (DTN photo by Marcus Hustedde)

    Ag Weather Forum

    A long and drawn-out system, or pair of systems, will move through the country this week and weekend. Areas of heavy rain will be welcomed in some places and not in others, causing some delays to early planting progress.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Another strong storm for the U.S. bringing areas of heavy rain, a risk of severe weather and frost, a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, and the end of the wet season in central Brazil are weather factors driving...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Another strong storm for the U.S. that is missing the southwestern Plains and bringing areas of heavy rain, a risk of severe weather, and frost instead, a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, and the likely end of the...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. that is missing the southwestern Plains and bringing a risk of frost instead, a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, and the likely end of wet season showers in central Brazil are...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. that is missing the southwestern Plains and bringing a risk of frost instead, a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, and widespread showers in South America are the weather...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S., a mix of conditions in Europe and the Black Sea, plus widespread showers in South America are the weather factors driving the markets Wednesday.

  • Cloud cover for the path of totality of Monday's total eclipse will feature a mix of thick clouds, high wispy clouds, and clear skies. But these may change during the coming days. (Pivotal Weather graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    All eyes will be upward on April 8 as the moon blocks out the sun for a total eclipse. But will we see the spectacle or clouds instead?

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. with another storm system in the West, wetter conditions in western Europe, drier conditions in the Black Sea region and widespread showers in Brazil are weather factors driving Friday...

  • A large storm system is forecast by the American GFS model to sweep through South America in about 10 to 12 days. Drier weather is forecast behind it and could mean an abrupt end to the wet season rainfall in central Brazil. (Pivotal Weather graphic)

    South America Calling

    Though rainfall forecast for the next 10 to 12 days is fairly substantial, models are insisting on a cold front moving through shortly thereafter that will cause precipitation to decline over...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. with another storm system currently in the West that will move eastward, wetter conditions in western Europe, drier conditions in the Black Sea region and showers in central Brazil are the...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. with heavy rain, severe weather, snow, wetter conditions in western Europe, drier conditions in the Black Sea region and showers in central Brazil are the...

  • Rainfall during the week leading up to April 2 has been heavy across many areas of the Corn Belt and some other spots as well. Areas in yellow are generally over an inch of liquid equivalent. (DTN graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    An active pattern continues to bring large storm systems through this spring, which has increased soil moisture in a lot of areas of the country. With spring planting starting up across the south, and those in the north eyeing...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. with heavy rain, severe weather, and snow, wetter conditions in western Europe, drier conditions in the Black Sea region and showers in central Brazil are...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S. with heavy rain and severe weather, wetter conditions in western Europe, drier conditions in the Black Sea region and showers in central Brazil are the...

  • Although more than 50 millimeters of rain landed in Central Brazil during March 21-25, subsoil moisture continues to be well below normal. (USDA graphics)

    South America Calling

    After some hefty rainfall in Central Brazil during the last several days, subsoil moisture estimates from satellite observations barely budged. More rain is in the forecast. Can this create some better moisture?

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A continued active pattern for the U.S., wetter conditions in western Europe, drier conditions in the Black Sea region, and a stalled front in central Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Thursday.

  • The effects of La Nina are more pronounced during winter, which take on this configuration. But there are effects during the summer, too. (NOAA graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    A very strong super El Nino this winter is quickly breaking down and La Nina is forecast to develop this summer. Assuming it does, which is highly likely, here's what we can expect to see this...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Cold air in the U.S. Plains, a continued active pattern for the U.S., and a stalled front in central Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Wednesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Cold air flowing into the U.S. Plains, a continued active pattern for the U.S., and a stalled front in central Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Tuesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Cold air flowing into the U.S. Plains, a storm system that continues early this week, and a stalled front in central Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Monday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Cold air building in Canada that will dip into the U.S., a major storm over the weekend into next week, and a stalled front in central Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Friday.

  • Heavy rainfall is forecast in central Brazil through next week. But is it enough to significantly improve soil moisture for safrinha corn? (DTN graphic)

    South America Calling

    A cold front in southern Brazil will move up into central Brazil and stall out, bringing days of good showers there. But with subsoil moisture lacking significantly, will this coming rain be enough to build in enough soil moisture for...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Cold air building in Canada with an eye on the U.S., a major storm over the weekend into next week, and mixed weather conditions in South America are the weather factors driving the markets Wednesday.

  • An active pattern and a double-barreled system will bring some much-needed precipitation to the Upper Midwest and other areas as well but will come in multiple precipitation types. (DTN graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    An active pattern that has left many areas in the Upper Midwest dry thus far should start spreading more precipitation to western areas this week and especially this weekend.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Cold air building in Canada with an eye on the U.S., a major storm over the weekend into next week, and mixed weather conditions in South America are the weather factors driving the markets Tuesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    Cold air building in Canada with an eye on the U.S., a major storm over the weekend into next week and mixed weather conditions in South America are the weather factors driving the markets Monday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    An active and eventually colder pattern for the rest of March, a return of rain to Brazil and excessive rain in parts of Argentina are the weather factors driving the markets Friday.

  • The decay of El Nino and the development of La Nina will bring a lot of uncertainty to the weather for 2024, but heat may be an issue this summer. (Photo by DTN Meteorologist Marcus Hustedde)

    Seasonal Forecast Update Includes La Nina

    2023 brought a big change to the main climate driver as we saw La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean abruptly change to a very strong El Nino. 2024 will bring a similar but opposite transition as El Nino quickly fades and La Nina...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A system moving through the U.S. this week, a change to colder this weekend with more next week, a return of rain to Brazil and excessive rain in parts of Argentina are the weather factors driving the markets Thursday.

  • The soil moisture in central Brazil is labeled as "adequate" for most of central Brazil (right) but is way below normal (left) and will not be enough for the country's safrinha corn crop. (DTN graphic)

    South America Calling

    Soil moisture in Brazil continues to be well below normal. Though the actual soil moisture is adequate for early growth, the lack of subsoil moisture in most of the safrinha corn areas will not be once the wet season rains shut down.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A system moving through the U.S. this week, a change to colder this weekend, drier conditions in Brazil and excessive rain in parts of Argentina are the weather factors driving the markets Wednesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A system moving through the U.S. this week, a change to colder this weekend and drier conditions in Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Tuesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A system moving through the U.S. this week, a change to colder this weekend and drier conditions in Brazil are the weather factors driving the markets Monday.

  • Temperatures beyond the current 15-day forecast show a risk of colder air moving through. This forecast is valid from March 20-April 3, but the colder look may extend another week or more beyond this. (DTN graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    Very warm temperatures so far this winter and early spring might tempt some producers to plant their 2024 crops early. However, a burst of colder air coming in later this month could get some additional support in early April and...

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A system moving through the U.S. with needed showers in the Southern Plains and another for next week, and widespread showers in South America are the weather factors driving the markets Friday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A system moving through the U.S. with needed showers in the Southern Plains and another for next week, along with widespread showers in South America, are the weather factors driving the markets Thursday.

  • A system moving into the Central and Southern Plains Wednesday night and another later next week will add up to widespread precipitation that should help restore topsoil moisture. (DTN graphic)

    Ag Weather Forum

    Recent heat, strong winds and overall dry conditions have sapped topsoil moisture for winter wheat in the Central and Southern Plains. However, two storm systems are poised to bring good moisture back into the region.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A system moving through the U.S. with needed showers in the Southern Plains, and widespread showers in South America are the weather factors driving the markets Wednesday.

  • Commodities Market Impact Weather

    A front and system moving through the U.S., including the drier southwestern Plains and widespread showers in South America are the weather factors driving the markets Tuesday.

  • Weather Precipitation Anomaly (inches), Valid for March through May, 2024 (DTN)

    Weatherlink

    Climate models from around the world show the decay of El Nino coming at vastly different rates, leading to a lot of uncertainty about spring weather patterns.