USDA: A Late-Week Warming Trend to Affect the Plains and Midwest

June 12, 2012 03:03 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry, cooler weather prevails, following beneficial showers. "Among the major Midwestern states, at least 10% of the corn and soybeans were rated in very poor to poor condition on June 10 in Missouri (18 and 27%, respectively), Indiana (15 and 16%), and Illinois (10 and 12%)," USDA notes.

In the West, USDA says mostly dry weather accompanies a warming trend. "With respect to crop development, warmth is especially beneficial in California and the Northwest," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA reports a few thunderstorms linger across southern areas. "Meanwhile on the central Plains, mild, dry weather favors winter wheat harvesting, although pastures and rain-fed summer crops are in need of moisture," USDA adds. In Colorado, 55% of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on June 10, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says showers and thunderstorms linger in the vicinity of a cold front. "Precipitation is especially beneficial in the Mid-South and lower Mississippi Valley, where — prior to the rain's arrival — more than half (57%) of the pastures were rated very poor to poor condition in Arkansas," USDA elaborates.

In its outlook, USDA says a slow-moving cold front will move through the East today but stall across the South. "In both regions, additional rainfall totals of as much as 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, can be expected," USDA explains. During the mid- to late-week period, USDA says a new cold front crossing the northern Plains and upper Midwest will trigger widespread showers and thunderstorms. "In contrast, dry weather will prevail through week’s end in the West, except along the Canadian border," USDA adds. Temperatures will remain at near-normal levels in much of the U.S., although a late-week warming trend will affect the Plains and the Midwest, according to USDA.


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