USDA: Cooler Than Normal Temps Expected for Midwest

August 6, 2012 03:14 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent rainfall. "Weekend showers, which were scattered but totaled an inch or more in various parts of the Midwest, including the middle Mississippi Valley, arrived largely too late to help corn but aided drought-stressed soybeans," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA says generally hot weather prevails, except for cool conditions along the Pacific Coast. "Showers are widely scattered and mostly confined to the Four Corners States and the Northwest," USDA reports.

On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails, USDA says. "Hot weather is returning to the northern Plains, while temperatures have fallen slightly from record-setting levels on the southern Plains," USDA reports. Wildfire containment efforts continue in Oklahoma, where recent blazes have destroyed dozens of homes, according to USDA. "Currently, the largest blaze is the 58,000-acre McNac fire (approximately 40% contained), about 10 miles north of Bristow, Oklahoma," USDA elaborates.

In the South, USDA says scattered showers and thunderstorms are currently heaviest in parts of Florida. "Southeastern rainfall continues to benefit pastures and immature summer crops," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says scattered showers and thunderstorms will linger for much of the week in the Southeast, where 1- to 3- inch rainfall totals can be expected. "Meanwhile, another cold front will cross the Midwest, generating mid-week showers that could locally total an inch or more," USDA explains. Elsewhere, isolated showers will continue in the Southwest, but mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end across the southern Plains and the Northwest, USDA says. "During the next several days, record-setting heat will shift to the northern High Plains and much of the West, while cooler-than-normal weather will overspread the Midwest during the second half of the week," according to USDA.


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