USDA: Heat to Expand in the Upper Midwest Next Week

August 15, 2013 03:36 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, showers are falling in some of the driest areas, including western Iowa, but rainfall is generally light. "Elsewhere, cool weather remains generally favorable for corn and soybeans, although slow development of late-planted crops remains a concern," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says scattered showers associated with a cold front are overspreading the Pacific Northwest. "Farther south, isolated monsoon showers are confined to parts of Arizona and New Mexico," USDA continues. Elsewhere, hot, dry weather prevails, except along the immediate Pacific Coast, according to USDA. "Heat favors crop maturation and fieldwork, including Northwestern winter wheat harvesting, but is hampering wildfire containment efforts.

On the Plains, scattered showers continue to provide generally beneficial moisture for rangeland, pastures and summer crops. "Currently, the heaviest rain is falling in parts of Nebraska," USDA details. Cool weather dominates the region, except for building heat on the High Plains—especially in Montana, USDA continues.

In the South, locally heavy showers are returning to the well-watered southern Atlantic states, especially across southern Florida, USDA reports. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region, except for isolated showers in the drought-affected western Gulf Coast region," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, hot weather across the western half of the U.S. will contrast with near- to below-normal temperatures from the eastern Plains to the Atlantic Seaboard. "By early next week, heat will expand across the upper Midwest," USDA says. "Meanwhile, five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 5 inches across the lower Southeast," USDA details. Most of the remainder of the country will receive little or no precipitation, although rainfall could locally reach 0.5 to 1.0 inch across the central and southern Plains, Four Corners states and Pacific Northwest, according to USDA.


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