USDA: Active Front Bringing Precip to Winter Wheat Country

October 30, 2013 03:34 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold, dry weather prevails in Montana and the Dakotas. "Following recent precipitation, current snow depths in Montana include 3 inches in Billings and an inch in Great Falls," USDA elaborates. Farther south, scattered showers and thunderstorms stretch from Nebraska to Texas, mainly affecting the eastern Plains, USDA continues. Dryness remains a concern with respect to winter wheat establishment across portions of the southern High Plains, it adds.

In the West, USDA reports temperatures are rebounding to near-normal levels in the Pacific Northwest, but chilly conditions persist elsewhere. "Dry weather prevails, except for lingering showers across the Intermountain West," USDA explains. California is entering a potential third year of drought, with rangeland and pastures rated 100% very poor to poor on Oct. 27, USDA details. Nevada’s rangeland, 60% very poor to poor, is also suffering from long-term drought, USDA continues.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says warmer weather prevails in advance of an approaching cold front. "Mostly dry weather continues to promote Midwestern corn and soybean harvesting, although a few showers and thunderstorms are affecting the southern Corn Belt," USDA explains.

In the South, rain showers are affecting the northern and western fringes of the region, USDA reports. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut and soybean harvesting," according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says an active cold front draped across the nation’s midsection will sweep eastward to the Atlantic Seaboard by week’s end. "The front, infused with moisture from former eastern Pacific Hurricane Raymond, will produce as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain across the southeastern Plains, Mid-South, middle and lower Mississippi Valley and portions of the Great Lakes region," USDA elaborates. In the front’s wake, weekend snow showers will develop downwind of the Great Lakes, USDA continues. "Dry weather will prevail elsewhere, except for weekend showers from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies," USDA explains.

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