USDA: East Coast Braces for a Nor'easter

November 7, 2012 02:27 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, warm, dry weather is maintaining stress on recently emerged winter wheat. "Late-season warmth is especially notable on the High Plains, where today's temperatures will top 70°F as far north as Montana," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA notes slightly cooler air is spreading across the Northwest, accompanied by a few showers. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild air is overspreading westernmost areas, including the middle Missouri Valley. "In contrast, cloudy, showery weather is slowing late-season fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt, especially in Indiana, where 11% of both corn and soybeans had not yet been harvested by Nov. 4," USDA reports.

In the South, USDA says warm weather is confined to the western Gulf Coast region. "Elsewhere, cool weather, cloudiness, and a few showers are limiting harvest activities and other autumn fieldwork," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says a developing nor’easter currently centered just east of Virginia will lurk near the Mid-Atlantic Coast through Thursday before drifting eastward. "With power still out—more than a week after Hurricane Sandy struck— to nearly a million customers, mostly in New Jersey and New York, the new coastal storm could result in a significant setback to recovery operations," USDA explains. Primary impacts from the nor’easter will include high winds and heavy surf, along with 1 to 2 inches of rain, according to USDA. "Precipitation will end as snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain," USDA reports. Farther west, USDA says a late-week pattern change will result in sharply colder conditions. During the weekend, USDA says below-normal temperatures can be expected from the Pacific Coast to the Plains, while temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels in the East. "Widespread precipitation, including some heavy snow, will precede and accompany the colder weather from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains," USDA reports. In addition, showers and thunderstorms will erupt during the weekend from the upper Great Lakes region to the southeastern Plains, USDA explains.

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