USDA: Cold, Dry Conditions in the Northern and Southern Plains

November 16, 2011 02:16 AM
 

USDA: Cold, Dry Conditions in the Northern and Southern Plains

Rain continues to disrupt fieldwork in the Ohio Valley.

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, rain continues to disrupt fieldwork in the Ohio Valley. "By Nov. 13, nearly half (49%) of Ohio's corn remained in the field," USDA adds. Meanwhile, USDA says colder air is overspreading the remainder of the Midwest. "The soybean harvest is already complete in Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and the Dakotas," USDA explains.

"In the West, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a return to mild conditions in California," USDA reports. However, a storm system approaching the Pacific Northwest is bearing heavy precipitation and high winds, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA reports patches of snow are developing across parts of Nebraska and Kansas. "Meanwhile, cold, dry weather prevails on the northern and southern Plains," USDA says. In the latter region, fieldwork includes cotton, peanut, and sorghum harvesting, USDA explains.

"In the South, rain is falling across interior portions of the region, while warm, dry weather lingers in the southern Atlantic region and along the Gulf Coast," USDA says. By Nov. 13, USDA explains the southeastern cotton harvest ranged from 71% complete in Georgia to 86% complete in Virginia.

In its outlook, USDA says during the second half of the week, cool air will briefly overspread the Midwest, South and East in the wake of a departing storm. Before the storm departs, USDA says additional rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches from the interior southeast into the Mid-Atlantic states. "Farther west, late-week snow will spread across the nation’s northern tier as far east as the upper Great Lakes region," USDA explains. During the weekend, an early-season cold wave will affect the Plains and the West, USDA reports. "Sub-zero temperatures can be expected on the northern Plains, while light freezes may occur as far south as California’s San Joaquin Valley," USDA adds.


 

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