USDA: A Slow-Moving Storm Brings Needed Rain to Much of the Country

May 31, 2012 03:18 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms across central portions of the region are providing beneficial moisture for corn and soybeans. "Much cooler weather accompanies the rain, while warmth lingers in the Ohio Valley," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA explains cool weather lingers in the Rockies, but a building heat wave covers the remainder of the region. "Hot weather is promoting rapid crop development in California and elsewhere west of the Rockies," USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA says scattered frost was noted this morning in the Dakotas. "Below-normal temperatures also cover the remainder of the nation's mid-section," according to USDA. Beneficial rain is falling across parts of the southern Plains, USDA explains. "However, last night's thunderstorms resulted in localized wind and hail damage on the central and southern Plains," according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports showers and thunderstorms are overspreading the northwestern part of the region. "Rain is badly needed in the Mid-South, where Arkansas reported on May 27 that topsoil moisture was 82% very short to short," USDA adds. On the same date, USDA explains 39% of the pastures in Arkansas were rated in very poor to poor condition. "Meanwhile, pastures and crops in the southern Atlantic states are benefiting from recent soil moisture improvements," USDA adds.

USDA's outlook says for today and Friday, showers and thunderstorms associated with a slow-moving storm will march across the Midwest, South and East. "Rain will linger through the weekend in New England," USDA adds. Storm-total rainfall could reach 2 to 4 inches in the Northeast, it continues, while amounts in excess of an inch may occur in other areas east of a line from the Mississippi Delta to Lake Michigan. "Meanwhile, western heat will build eastward, reaching the High Plains during the weekend," USDA explains. Cooler weather will return to the West by early next week, accompanied by Northwestern showers, according to USDA.


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