USDA: Cooler Weather in Southern Plains But Moisture Shortages Persist

September 30, 2011 03:40 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cooler weather is providing relief from a late-season heat wave on the drought-stricken southern Plains. "However, the southern Plains' soil moisture shortages continue to discourage many producers from planting winter wheat.," USDA reports. Meanwhile, USDA says record-setting warmth is already returning to the northern High Plains, where today's high temperatures will approach 90°F.

"In the West, dry conditions and record-setting are promoting autumn fieldwork," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, cool, windy weather prevails in the wake of a cold front's passage, according to USDA. "Lingering showers continue to hamper fieldwork in the lower Great Lakes region," USDA continues.

"In the South, warm weather lingers along the Gulf Coast, but cooler air is overspreading the remainder of the region," USDA says. Despite the cooler conditions, USDA explains harvesting and other autumn fieldwork activities are proceeding with few delays.

USDA's Outlook says a strong cold front moving into the East will reach the Atlantic Seaboard later today. However, a chilly, wind-driven rain will linger into Saturday from the central Appalachians into the Northeast. "During the weekend, widespread frost can be expected from the Great Lakes region to the central Appalachians, including parts of the eastern Corn Belt," USDA says. Elsewhere, USDA says mostly dry weather will prevail through the weekend, along with record-setting warmth across the western half of the U.S. "By early next week, however, a cold front arriving in the Northwest will help to draw a late-season surge of tropical moisture northward into the Four Corners States," USDA reports.


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