Dolly Downgrades To Tropical Depression; Texas Producers Assess Crop Damage

July 24, 2008 07:00 PM Editors

Producers in Deep South Texas - especially Cameron and Willacy Counties - are assessing the effects of Dolly's heavy rain and high winds on crops, including citrus and open-boll cotton, USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility reported Friday. At 4 a.m. CDT, Tropical Depression Dolly was centered near the U.S.-Mexico border, just south of Big Bend, Texas. Also in the southern U.S., showers continue in Florida, but rain is needed elsewhere for pastures and summer crops. Elsewhere in the U.S.:

  • In the West, rainfall is confined to parts of the Four Corners region, where monsoon showers continue. Dry weather elsewhere favors fieldwork, although some pastures and small grains are in need of moisture.
  • On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms are developing across central portions of the region. Rain is especially beneficial on the central High Plains, where drought has hurt pastures and non-irrigated crops.
  • In the Corn Belt, locally heavy thunderstorms continue across the southern areas, maintaining pockets of excessive wetness. In the northern Corn Belt, mild, dry weather favors corn and soybean development.

Near-term Outlook: Tropical Depression Dolly, currently centered on the U.S.-Mexico border, will continue to move northwestward and weaken, although moisture associated with the storm will produce locally heavy rain in portions of the Southwest. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms will develop in the vicinity of a stalled frontal boundary over the Southeast and Delta. Farther north, a slow-moving cold front will trigger showers and thunderstorms from the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with the heavy rain and severe thunderstorms possible in the Corn Belt. Dry, hot weather will prevail from the Great Basin eastward into the Great Plains.

Extended Outlook: The National Weather Service 6- to 10-day outlook for July 30 – August 3 calls for above-normal precipitation across the Atlantic and Gulf Coast States and from the southern Rockies into the central Plains. Drier-thannormal conditions are anticipated across the Great Basin and northern Rockies and from the southern Plains into the Great Lakes Region. Above-normal temperatures are expected across much of the Nation west of the Mississippi, while cooler-than-normal weather prevails in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States.

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