USDA: Late-Week Frost Could Affect Upper Midwest

May 30, 2012 03:17 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, much cooler air is arriving. "This morning's temperatures fell to 40°F or slightly below in parts of the far upper Midwest," USDA adds. Additional rain is still needed in portions of the central and eastern Corn Belt to prevent further declines in crop condition, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports temperatures are rebounding to near- or above-normal levels, following the recent cool spell. Except for a few showers in western Washington, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development.

On the Plains, USDA reports a frost advisory is in effect early this morning in parts of central and eastern North Dakota, where minimum temperatures fell to near the freezing mark (32°F). "Elsewhere, scattered showers are returning to the northern High Plains, while a few showers and thunderstorms are affecting the southeastern Plains," USDA explains. The winter wheat harvest is advancing far ahead of the usual pace across the southern half of the Plains, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says Tropical Depression Beryl is currently centered near the North Carolina coastline, accelerating toward the northeast. "Locally heavy, drought-easing rain continues in the southern Mid-Atlantic region but has largely ended across the lower Southeast," USDA explains. Unfavorably hot, dry weather covers much of the remainder of the region, USDA continues, except for some thunderstorms developing across the Mid-South.

In its outlook, USDA says Beryl may briefly regain tropical-storm status later today while accelerating away from the U.S. mainland. "Rain associated with Beryl will gradually end in the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain," USDA adds. Meanwhile, USDA reports a developing storm over the nation’s mid-section will drift northeastward, reaching New England by week’s end. "Storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher amounts, along and near the path of the storm from the southern Plains into the Northeast," USDA says. In the West, USDA reports mostly dry weather will accompany a return to hot weather. "In contrast, late-week frost could affect portions of the upper Midwest and upper Great Lakes states," USDA explains.


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