USDA: Cold Weather Means Midwest Fieldwork Is Still on Hold

April 4, 2013 03:16 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, showers linger across the southeastern corner of the region. "In recent days, drought-stressed rangeland, pastures, and winter grains across the southern Plains have experienced some relief," USDA explains. Dry weather prevails elsewhere, although mild weather on the northern and central High Plains contrasts with cool conditions on the eastern Plains, USDA adds.

In the West, USDA reports precipitation associated with a Pacific storm is overspreading northern and central California and the Pacific Northwest. "Elsewhere, warmth continues to promote spring fieldwork but cause some premature melting of mountain snow packs," USDA continues.

In the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails, USDA says. "A cold front draped across the region is helping to draw cold air back into the upper Midwest, following a brief respite," USDA continues. Most Midwestern fieldwork remains on hold, in part due to low soil temperatures, USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says widespread showers are slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture levels for pastures and emerging summer crops.

USDA's outlook says a storm system currently centered along the Gulf Coast will produce additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches in the Southeast. "During the weekend, dry weather will return to the South, while rain and snow showers will spread across the nation’s northern tier," USDA continues. By early next, week, a new storm system will develop across the nation’s mid-section, with significant precipitation possible across the Central Plains and Midwest, according to USDA. "Meanwhile, temperatures will begin to recover, reaching near- to above-normal levels across much of the nation by early next week," USDA reports. However, cold weather will persist across parts of the northern U.S., USDA continues. "Elsewhere, showery weather in the Northwest could result in as much as 1 to 4 inches of precipitation, while little or no precipitation can be expected during the next five days from southern California to the southern High Plains," USDA explains.


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