USDA: 2 to 4 Inches of Rain Expected for the Upper Midwest

June 20, 2013 03:56 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather favors late-season soybean planting efforts, as well as summer crop emergence and growth. "Showers and thunderstorms are just starting to overspread the far upper Midwest," USDA continues.

In the West, USDA reports an enhanced wildfire risk persists in the Four Corners States, where dry, breezy weather prevails. Meanwhile, cool air has spread as far east as the northern Rockies, Intermountain West, and California. A frost advisory is in effect this morning in the northern Great Basin. Farther north, beneficial showers are occurring across the northern tier of the region, including the northern Rockies.

On the Plains, USDA says showers and thunderstorms are sweeping across the Dakotas, closing a window of opportunity for late-season planting. "Meanwhile, above-normal temperatures are returning to the central and southern High Plains, where today’s high temperatures will approach 100°F," USDA explains.

In the South, warm, dry weather in most areas is promoti ng soybean planting and final cotton and peanut planting efforts, according to USDA. "However, a few showers and thunderstorms linger across the lower Southeast," USDA adds.

USDA's outlook says a storm system currently centered over southwestern Canada will drift generally eastward, maintaining showery, unsettled conditions across the northern tier of the U.S. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in the upper Midwest, with 1- to 2-inch totals possible elsewhere across the North," USDA details. In contrast, USDA says little or no rain will fall across the southern half of the nation, except in the Southeast, where pesky showers and thunderstorms could result in 2 to 4 inches of rain. During the weekend, USDA says heat will build from the central Plains into the Midwest and Northeast. By early next week, hot weather will cover most areas east of the Rockies, while generally cool conditions will prevail in the West, according to USDA.


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