USDA: Cool, Damp Conditions in the Upper Midwest

September 21, 2011 03:20 PM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains,

cool weather lingers in the wake of a cold front's passage, except for lingering warmth in parts of Texas. "Recent showers barely dented the southern Plains' year-long drought, leaving producers with the difficult decision of whether or not to plant winter wheat, USDA explains. Farther north, USDA says a few showers persist in the Dakotas, following Tuesday's heavy rain.

"In the West, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, including winter wheat planting in the Northwest, cotton harvesting in Arizona, and initial rice harvesting efforts in California," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, mild, showery weather in the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes region contrasts with cool, damp conditions in the upper Midwest, USDA says. "Between areas of wet weather, early-season corn harvesting is underway—especially in the middle Mississippi Valley," USDA adds.

"In the South, autumn fieldwork—including cotton, soybean, and rice harvesting—is proceeding in the western Gulf Coast region and the Delta," USDA says. Meanwhile, USDA says showers are slowing Southeastern harvesting.

In its outlook, USDA says a cold front will linger in the vicinity of the Atlantic Coast, while a disturbance currently centered over the upper Midwest will drift eastward before stalling over the Great Lakes region. "Consequently, cool, showery weather will affect the Corn Belt, while mild, wet conditions will persist in the East," USDA reports. Most of the remainder of the U.S. will experience dry, increasingly warm weather through week’s end USDA says. "Daytime highs will average more than 20°F above normal across portions of the northern High Plains later in the week," USDA adds.

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