USDA: Cold Temps & Rain Return to the Corn Belt

May 9, 2013 03:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, recent and ongoing thunderstorms have produced localized wind and hail damage in Kansas, Oklahoma, northern Texas and southeastern Colorado. "However, the storms are also providing beneficial moisture, especially on the central and southern High Plains," USDA adds. Meanwhile, cooler weather is returning to the northern Plains, where freezes were noted this morning in parts of North Dakota, according to USDA.

In the West, snow is falling in parts of the central Rockies, while a few rain showers dot the Intermountain region. Cool weather prevails from southern California to the central and southern Rockies, while record-setting warmth is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development in the Northwest.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool weather is returning to the upper Midwest, while rain showers stretch from the Missouri to Lake Superior. "As a result, most fieldwork is again at a standstill in the western Corn Belt, except in the Dakotas," USDA continues. Meanwhile, warm, dry weather has temporarily returned to the eastern Corn Belt, USDA adds.

In the South, USDA reports showers and locally severe thunderstorms are overspreading parts of Arkansas and Missouri. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall," according to USDA.

USDA's outlook says a storm system over the nation’s mid-section will move into the southern and eastern U.S. during the weekend. "Precipitation associated with the storm could reach 1 to 2 inches or more from southern and eastern Texas into the Northeast, including parts of the central and eastern Corn Belt," USDA adds. In the storm’s wake, a late-season surge of cool air will overspread the Midwest during the weekend and the eastern U.S. early next week, USDA continues. Widespread freezes can be expected across the upper Midwest during the weekend, it details. "Early next week, frost will occur from the Great Lakes region into the interior Northeast," USDA continues. Meanwhile, USDA reports very warm weather in the Northwest will expand to cover most of the remainder of the western U.S. during the weekend and the northern and central Plains early next week, according to USDA.


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