USDA: Late-week showers expected for Northern Plains, Upper Midwest

May 21, 2012 03:13 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are confined to the upper Great Lakes region. "Across the heart of the Midwest, warm, dry weather favors soybean and final corn planting efforts, as well as rapid development of summer crops and soft red winter wheat," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA explains cooler weather prevails. "Warmth lingers, however, in the Four Corners states, where wildfire development and expansion remains a threat," USDA reports. Showers are confined to the northern Intermountain West, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA says beneficial rain showers dot northern and central areas. "Markedly cooler air is overspreading Montana, but hot weather persists across the remainder of the nation's mid-section," USDA reports. Today's high temperatures will approach 95°F as far north as the central High Plains, USDA reports.

In the South, USDA explains showers continue to provide drought relief in the Carolinas. "Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including winter wheat harvesting and cotton, peanut, and soybean planting," according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says following this morning’s frost from northern Pennsylvania into western New England, much warmer air will overspread the Northeast during the weekend. "Farther west, cooler air will briefly arrive across the nation’s mid-section, while above-normal temperatures will return to the West," USDA reports. Early next week, USDA says a new surge of cool air will spread across the Northwest. "Meanwhile, late-week and weekend showers will provide beneficial moisture across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, with 1- to 2-inch rainfall totals possible in the latter region," according to USDA. Rain will also affect portions of the middle and southern Atlantic states, but mostly dry weather will prevail well into next week from California into the south-central U.S., according to USDA.


 

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