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USDA: Locally Heavy Showers Expected for Central Plains & Corn Belt

April 26, 2012
By: Meghan Pedersen, Pro Farmer Associate Editor
 
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, hot weather continues to accelerate fieldwork and crop development. However, drought remains a concern on the central and southern High Plains, where today's high temperatures will again approach or exceed 90°F, USDA reports.

In the West, late-season storminess persists, providing a boost to reservoirs and streamflows, according to USDA. "Nevertheless, spring runoff prospects remain very poor across the Four Corners states," it adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool conditions in the Great Lakes region contrast with milder weather west of the Mississippi River. "Showers are exiting the Ohio Valley, while sunny skies prevail elsewhere," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA reports thunderstorms are clipping northern portions of the region. "Warm, dry weather continues across the Southeast, where more precipitation is needed for drought-affected pastures and winter wheat," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says Pacific moisture will surge inland, generating widespread rain across the central and northern Rockies. "This moisture will ultimately interact with a stalled frontal boundary over the central and eastern U.S., producing locally heavy showers and thunderstorms from the northern and central Plains into the Corn Belt and Mid-Atlantic states," USDA reports. South of the front, dry, USDA says warm conditions will prevail from the lower Four Corners into the Southeast. "Meanwhile, colder-than-normal weather will settle over the northern third of the nation; a hard freeze over the weekend will threaten fruit crops as well as other temperature-sensitive commodities in the Great Lakes region," USDA reports. Out west, dry and increasingly warm weather will return to the Pacific Coast states, according to USDa.


 

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