USDA: Below Normal Temps Persist on the Plains

December 7, 2011 02:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility on the Plains, temperatures have rebounded slightly from Tuesday's frigid levels but remain below normal. "A variable snow cover continues to help insulate a portion of the winter wheat crop from weather extremes," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says freeze warnings are in effect for the third consecutive morning in California's Central Valley, prolonging the need to protect citrus and other temperature-sensitive crops from injury. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, a few spits of rain and snow linger across easternmost areas, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails," USDA adds. Approximately 20% of the Ohio corn crop remains in the field, and most producers plan to wait for soils to freeze before proceeding with harvest, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says snow is falling in the northern Delta, while a freeze warning is in effect this morning across Deep South Texas' winter agricultural region. "Meanwhile, rain is disrupting Southeastern fieldwork, although winter wheat planting and soybean and cotton harvesting remain ahead of the normal pace," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says a period of wet weather will linger in the East, with 1- to 3-inch precipitation totals expected in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states into Thursday. "Precipitation will end as locally heavy snow from the central Appalachians into parts of New England," USDA says. Cold but generally tranquil weather will trail the eastern storminess, although temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels during the weekend across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, according to USDA. "Other weekend highlights will include the development of drought-easing rains across southern Texas and the possibility of additional snow in the Northeast," USDA reports.


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