USDA: A Slow-Moving Storm Centered over the Midwest

October 19, 2012 03:54 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, chilly conditions and some clouds linger across eastern areas. In contrast, warm weather is returning to the High Plains, USDA continues. "Winter wheat is exhibiting some favorable growth across the southern half of the region, but drought continues to limit crop emergence and establishment across the northwestern half of the Plains," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA says mild, dry weather favors fieldwork from California to the central and southern Rockies. "Meanwhile, scattered showers are returning to the Northwest, where recent rainfall has benefited rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, cool, showery, breezy weather is slowing or halting fieldwork but providing much-needed moisture for soil moisture recharge, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports a few showers linger along the Atlantic Coast. "Elsewhere, a return to dry weather accompanies slightly cooler conditions," USDA adds. In areas where fieldwork has resumed, activities include winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting, according to USDA.

USDA's outlook says a slow-moving storm centered over the Midwest will slowly drift northeastward, crossing eastern Canada during the weekend. "In the storm’s wake, temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels from the Plains eastward," USDA explains. Meanwhile, USDA says cool, showery conditions will gradually engulf northern and central California and the Northwest. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in northern California, the northern Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest," USDA elaborates. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail during the next five days from southern California into the Southeast, USDA explains.


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