USDA: Dry Weather Prevails on the Plains

December 21, 2011 02:14 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather prevails, except for some snow showers across northern areas. "Considerable snow remains on the ground in the wake of the central and southern Plains' recent blizzard, with a depth of 6 inches noted this morning in Dodge City, Kansas," USDA says.

In the West, USDA reports dry weather persists in the Pacific Coast states, but snow is developing in the northern Rockies. "In Arizona, the cotton harvest was 85% complete by Dec. 18, compared to the five-year average of 91%," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with rainy weather across eastern portions of the region, according to USDA. "Final corn harvesting efforts remain on hold in Ohio and a few neighboring areas," reports USDA.

In the South, USDA says dry weather has returned to areas from the Delta westward. "Meanwhile, showers are sweeping across the Southeast, ending a period of warm, dry weather," USDA adds.

According to USDA's outlook, snow will continue to spread southward across the Rockies and adjacent High Plains, reaching New Mexico and western Texas by Friday. "Meanwhile, two rounds of rain will affect the South and East, with mid- to late-week rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches expected in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states," says USDA. During the holiday weekend (Dec. 24-25), USDA reports additional precipitation may fall in parts of the South and East, with some snow possible on the storm’s western fringe. "Weekend precipitation will also develop in the Pacific Northwest," USDA adds. Elsewhere, cold air will settle across the southwestern and south-central U.S. during the next several days, while mostly dry weather will persist in California, the Great Basin, and the western Corn Belt, according to USDA.


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