USDA: Late-Week Showers Expected for the Plains and Midwest

August 20, 2012 03:31 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, hot, weather has returned to Montana, while mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the region. "The central Plains, in particular, remain in desperate need of moisture for rangeland, pastures, and immature summer crops," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says several large wildfires remain active across the northern half of the region, especially in Idaho and northern California. "The Rush fire has burned more than 270,000 acres near of Ravendale, California, while the Halstead, Trinity Ridge, Mustang, and Minidoka complexes have charred nearly 100,000 acres apiece in Idaho. Farther south, scattered showers dot the Four Corners states," USDA elaborates.

In the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, USDA says. "Pastures and some soybeans continue to benefit from the recent turn toward cooler weather, as well as last week's scattered showers — which were heaviest in the central Corn Belt," USDA reports.

In the South, USDA says widespread showers in the Atlantic Coast states are slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable conditions for pastures and immature summer crops. "Meanwhile in the Mid-South, including Arkansas, some rain fell last week but much more is needed to significantly ease drought," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says during the first half of the week, showery weather will linger across the middle and southern Atlantic states. "Scattered showers will also continue in the Southwest," USDA adds. Late in the week, a cold front will cross the Plains and the Midwest, generating scattered showers and thunderstorms, according to USDA. "Prior to the front’s passage, most areas from the Plains to the East Coast will experience a return to near- or above-normal temperatures," USDA reports. Toward week’s end, favorably cooler air will arrive in the Northwest, USDA continues.


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