USDA: A Pair of Storms to Bring Precip to the Plains and Upper Midwest

April 10, 2012 03:04 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to provide drought relief across southern portions of the region. However, USDA reports significant precipitation continues to bypass the southern High Plains, where rangeland, pastures and winter grains have not recovered from last year's historic drought.

In the West, USDA says warm weather prevails in advance of a Pacific storm. "However, cooler air is arriving along the Pacific Coast, while showers are starting to overspread the northern California," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, cool air continues to settle across the region, accompanied by gusty winds, according to USDA. "This morning's freezes were mainly confined to the upper Midwest, where little winter wheat is grown and only a small amount of corn has been planted," USDA adds.

In the South, USDA says crop development and most planting operations continue to advance at a faster-than-normal pace, despite a turn toward cooler weather. "However, rain is badly needed in the lower Southeast to prevent increasing stress on pastures, winter grains and emerging summer crops," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, a pair of storms will produce widespread precipitation. "Amounts could reach 1 to 3 inches in California and from the Plains into the upper Midwest," USDA elaborates. In contrast, USDA says mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end in the Southeast. "Elsewhere, cool conditions will peak around mid-week across the Midwest and Northeast," USDA explains. On April 11-12, both regions can expect widespread freezes, with some readings below 32°F possible into northern sections of the Southeast, according to USDA. Freezes may linger late into the week across the Northeast, USDA adds. It continues, "Elsewhere, the West will experience a rapid cooling trend, while warmth will briefly shift into the nation’s mid-section."


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