USDA: First Measurable Precip in the Northern Plains Since August

October 3, 2012 03:20 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, markedly colder air is spreading across northern areas, accompanied by rain and snow showers. "Portions of the northern Plains have not received measurable precipitation since the first half of August," USDA adds. Meanwhile on the central and southern Plains, warm weather prevails in advance of a strong cold front, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says colder air is spilling across the northern Rockies. "However, unfavorably dry conditions persist across the interior Northwest, despite cooler weather," USDA explains. Dry weather throughout the West favors autumn fieldwork, although the season's first snow is falling in Montana, USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says isolated showers dot eastern portions of the region. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors a record-setting pace of corn and soybean harvesting," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA reports showers linger along the Atlantic Seaboard. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall," USDA adds. Southeastern pastures remain the lushest in the U.S., with at least 40% rated good to excellent in Tennessee and every Gulf and Atlantic coastal state from Louisiana to Maryland, USDA elaborates.

In its outlook, USDA says some heavy showers will linger today across Florida, but significant rainfall has largely ended in the East. "Meanwhile, a strong cold front will continue to cross the Plains and Midwest, accompanied by scattered showers," USDA reports. Heavy snow will fall through mid-week along the eastern slopes of the northern Rockies, it continues. Later in the week, USDA says snow may also blanket portions of eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota. "Toward week’s end, widespread freezes can be expected as far south as the central High Plains and the upper Midwest, while below-normal temperatures will encompass the majority of the U.S.," USDA explains. During the weekend, lingering warmth will be limited to the Far West and lower Southeast, according to USDA.


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