USDA: Heavy Precip for Southern Plains to Great Lakes Region

November 8, 2011 02:26 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, snow is falling in parts of eastern Colorado and western Kansas. "Scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the remainder of the Central and Southern Plains," USDA reports. Despite recent topsoil moisture improvements, USDA says drought remains a concern on the Southern Plains. "On Nov. 6, nearly half (46%) of the winter wheat in Texas was rated in very poor to poor condition," USDA says.

In the West, cool, dry weather prevails, USDA says. "In California, the rice harvest was 90% complete by Nov. 6, while the cotton harvest (65% complete) was slightly ahead of the five-year average pace," USDA says. More than two-thirds of the winter wheat was rated in good to excellent condition in all of the northwestern states, USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says rain is disrupting late-season fieldwork from the Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. "In advance of the approaching rain, fieldwork is proceeding in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA explains. In Ohio, USDA says only 34% of the corn had been harvested by Nov. 6, along with 67% of the soybeans.

"In the South, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting," USDA says. Showers in advance of a cold front are edging into northwestern Arkansas, USDA reports.

According to USDA's outlook, a complex storm system will continue to produce additional heavy precipitation (1 to 3 inches) through mid-week from the Southern Plains into the Great Lakes region. "Snow will accumulate from the central High Plains into the upper Great Lakes region," USDA says. By Friday, however, USDA says dry weather will prevail in most areas from the Plains to the East Coast. "In the storm’s wake, cold air will briefly spread into the Midwest, South, and East," USDA says. It continues, "By week’s end, above-normal temperatures will return to the nation’s mid-section and quickly expand into the East, while cool, stormy weather will begin to engulf the West." Heavy, late-week precipitation can be expected in parts of the West, including southern California and Arizona, USDA explains.


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