USDA: Five-Day Outlook Holds Little to No Rain for the Midwest

August 17, 2012 03:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a few showers in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. "On Aug. 12, topsoil moisture was rated mostly very short to short in Missouri (99% very short to short), Nebraska (96%), Illinois (95%), and Iowa (91%)," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says an active monsoon circulation is resulting in drought-easing rainfall in parts of Arizona and New Mexico. "Hot, dry weather covers the remainder of the West, except for cool conditions along the Pacific Coast," USDA explains. In the Northwest, small grain harvesting is advancing but wildfire development remains a threat, USDA continues.

On the Plains, USDA says cool, dry weather prevails, except for lingering showers across southern areas. "Topsoil moisture remains at critically low levels across most of the Plains — with very short to short ratings dominating on Aug. 12 in Oklahoma (98% very short to short), Kansas (96%) and Nebraska (96%)," USDA reports.

In the South, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable conditions for pastures and immature summer crops, according to USDa. "However, parts of the Mid-South — including Arkansas — remain in need of more rain, despite recent and ongoing shower activity," USDA adds.

USDA's outlook says a cold front currently moving into the southern and eastern U.S. will stall across the Deep South. "Rainfall in the vicinity of the front could reach 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher amounts, from the southern Plains to the southern Atlantic states," USDA explains. "Locally heavy showers will also affect the Southwest," USDA adds. During the next five days, however, little or no rain will fall across the northern half of the U.S. from the Northwest into the Midwest, USDA reports. "Hotter-than-normal conditions in much of the West will expand across the northern High Plains by early next week, but cool weather will cover the remainder of the country," USDA continues.


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