USDA: Active Weather Pattern in Store for the Plains & Midwest

May 28, 2013 03:38 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork. "Conditions are a little more conducive to corn and soybean planting in the Ohio Valley, where warm weather prevails and showers are more isolated," USDA explains. Currently, the heaviest rain is falling across the Mississippi Valley and spreading into the lower Great Lakes region, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports unusually cool weather is slowing crop development. "Widespread showers accompany the cool conditions, especially across the northern Intermountain West," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says mostly dry weather prevails, although isolated showers and thunderstorms are developing in a few areas. "Hot weather persists across the drought-stricken southern High Plains, where today’s high temperatures will again approach or reach 100°F," USDA details.

In the South, USDA reports significant shower activity is confined to the southern tip of Florida. "Elsewhere, warm, mostly dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including previously delayed planting operations in the Mississippi Delta," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says an active weather pattern will continue for the remainder of the week across the Plains and Midwest. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches on the northern High Plains and 2 to 5 inches from the southeastern Plains into the lower Great Lakes region," USDA elaborates. However, USDA says significant rainfall will again bypass the drought-affected southern High Plains. "Elsewhere, heavy rain (up to 5 inches) will also fall in southern Florida, but mostly dry weather will prevail in the southern Mid-Atlantic states and from California into the Southwest," USDA reports. As the week progresses, USDA says hot weather will shift into the nation’s northeastern quadrant, while cool air will settle across the Plains. Toward week’s end, hot weather will develop in the Pacific Coast states, according to USDA.


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