USDA: Freeze Watch for Upper Midwest

September 13, 2011 03:15 PM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, hot weather has returned to Texas and neighboring areas. "This year's wildfires have charred nearly 3.7 million acres in Texas, more than 2% of the state's area. Nearly all of the rangeland and pastures are rated very poor to poor in Texas (96%) and Oklahoma (93%), USDA reports. Farther north, isolated showers are developing across the central Plains in the vicinity of a cold front, USDA reports, while very cool air is settling across the northern Plains.

In the West, showers continue in the Four Corners States, while warm, dry weather prevails in the Northwest. The Northwestern spring wheat harvest is nearing completion, while Washington leads the nation with 30% of its winter wheat planted.

In the Corn Belt, warmth lingers across the Ohio Valley, USDA reports, but much cooler air is arriving elsewhere.

"In the South, very warm, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and harvesting," USDA says.

According to USDA's Outlook, the NWS has issued a freeze watch for much of the upper Midwest. On Wednesday morning, a freeze (temperatures of 32°F or below) should be expected on the northern Plains, particularly in North Dakota. "By Thursday morning, a freeze will cover much of the upper Midwest, including North Dakota, Minnesota, eastern South Dakota, northern Iowa, and parts of Wisconsin," USDA says, continuing "On Friday morning, frosty conditions should occur from Wisconsin to interior New England." In the northern Corn Belt, USDA says from North Dakota to Michigan, the amount of corn dented on Sept. 11 ranged from 61% to 83%, while full maturity ranged from 6 to 10%. Similarly, the portion of soybeans with lower leaves yellowing ranged from 31 to 48%, while soybeans dropping leaves ranged from 6% to 13%. "By week’s end, cool air will cover the eastern half of the U.S., while warmth will linger in the Northwest and return to the northern High Plains," according to USDA. During the next several days, USDA explains showery weather will continue in the Southwest, while some beneficial rain will dampen portions of the central and southern Plains and the mid-South.

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