USDA: Heavy Rains for Nation's Midsection Next Week

November 1, 2013 03:42 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather has returned, following recent rainfall. "Showers linger, however, across northern Lower Michigan," USDA adds. Most fieldwork remains on hold across the central and eastern Corn Belt, but corn and late-season soybean harvest activities continue to advance across the upper Midwest, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports mostly dry weather favors autumn fieldwork. "The cotton harvest is advancing quickly in California and was 70% complete by Oct. 27, compared to the five-year average of 36%," USDA details. Above-normal temperatures dominate the Pacific Coast States, promoting Northwestern winter wheat development, USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says dry weather prevails, except for a few sprinkles across the northern half of the region. "Fieldwork includes corn, cotton, sorghum, and sunflower harv esting, as well as late-season winter wheat planting," according to USDA.

In the South, localized lowland flooding persists in the western Gulf Coast region, following late-October downpours, USDA reports. "Currently, a band of showers is moving into the southern Atlantic States, temporarily halting winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting," USDA elaborates.

In its outlook USDA says for the remainder of today, a cold front sweeping through the East will continue to produce heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms. "During the weekend, snow showers will affect areas downwind of the Great Lakes, while a new storm system will begin to take shape across the western U.S.," USDA explains. Early next week, precipitation will return to the nation’s midsection, with heavy rain possible again from the southeastern Plains into the Mid-South, USDA adds. Rapid temperature fluctuations can be expected in most parts of the U.S., as storm systems progress across the nation from west to east," USDA continues.


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