Local Flooding Problems Return To Portions of Corn Belt

July 2, 2008 07:00 PM

AgWeb.com Editors

Locally heavy showers continue are causing additional flooding of low-lying fields from Missouri to the eastern Great Lakes Region, USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility reported Thursday. Meanwhile in the northern regions of the Corn Belt, drier, albeit cool weather is bringing some relief from excessive wetness. Elsewhere in the U.S.:

  • In the West, dry, warmer-than-normal weather continues throughout most major farming areas, maintaining unseasonably high irrigation requirements in California and the Southwest and hastening small grain development in the Northwest. The risk of wild fires is also elevated throughout the region.
  • On the Plains, rain is gradually diminishing on northern High Plains as scattered showers and thunderstorms form on the central and southern High Plains. The rain in the south is bringing localized relief to drought-stressed summer crops but winter wheat harvesting is likely experiencing some delays.
  • In the South, heat and dryness further stress rain-fed summer row crops from the southern Plains to the southern Atlantic Coast. Heavy showers linger, however, over the Florida Peninsula and in the lower Rio Grande River Valley.

Near-term Outlook: A slow moving cold front will continue to trigger showers and thunderstorms over the next several days as it pushes through the Midwest and East. Heavy rain may cause flash flooding today from central Missouri through the western Ohio Valley. On Friday, the mid-Atlantic Appalachians face a moderate risk of flash flooding as the heaviest precipitation moves eastward, with storm totals of 2-3 inches possible. Elsewhere, daily thunderstorms will soak the Florida Peninsula and southern Texas, while thunderstorm activity will increase in portions of the drought-stricken Southeast ahead of the cold front. Hot weather will persist in the Southwest, but showers are expected the Northwest and the upper Midwest by early next week.

Extended Outlook: The National Weather Service 6- to 10-day outlook for July 7-11 calls for near to above-normal temperatures across the Nation, with the best chances for unseasonable warmth in the West and the Northeast. Wet weather is expected over much of the East, particularly along the western Gulf Coast. Most of the West is forecast to remain dry, although rain is forecast for the monsoon areas in and around New Mexico.

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