USDA: Cooler Air to Overspread the Midwest & Northern Plains

July 22, 2013 03:44 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable conditions for corn and soybeans. "However, short-term dryness is increasing stress on reproductive summer crops in some areas, including much of Iowa, northern parts of Illinois and Missouri, and eastern Nebraska," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA says relatively cool weather accompanies scattered showers in the Desert Southwest, including parts of southern California. "Meanwhile, hot, dry weather across the interior Northwest is promoting rapid summer crop development and winter wheat maturation and harvesting," USDA reports.

On the Plains, USDA says cooler air is surging into the Dakotas and eastern Montana. "Meanwhile on the central Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms are providing additional relief from short-term dryness, although hot weather is maintaining heavy irrigation demands," according to USDA. Following last week’s drought relief, dry weather has returned to the southern Plains, USDA continues.

In the South, warm, humid, showery weather prevails, USDA reports. "Currently, some of the heaviest showers are spreading into the Mid-South, which in recent days has received highly beneficial relief from short-term drought," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says an active weather pattern will continue for the remainder of the week, particularly across the southern and eastern U.S. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from the central Plains into the Mid-South and Southeast, while 1- to 2-inch amounts will be common from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast," USDA continues. In contrast, little or no rain will fall in the Northwest and the western Gulf Coast region, according to USDA. "Meanwhile, a surge of cooler air will overspread the Midwest and Northeast, but hot weather will persist through week’s end across the Northwest and Deep South," USDA explains.


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