USDA: Little Rain Expected for the Plains or Western Corn Belt

September 17, 2012 03:22 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says In the Corn Belt, a cold front is triggering widely scattered showers across the upper Midwest. "In advance of the front, a surge of moisture is resulting in the development of a few showers in the Ohio Valley," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says a few showers linger across the central Rockies. "West of the Rockies, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including Northwestern winter wheat planting," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA reports isolated showers are confined to the northern half of the region. "Across much of the northern and central Plains, however, dry conditions are maintaining concerns about a lack of moisture for winter wheat establishment," USDA explains. In contrast, recent soil moisture improvements are aiding rangeland, pastures, and newly planted winter grains on the southern Plains, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says widespread rain is developing from the central Gulf Coast into the Tennessee Valley. "The rain is slowing or halting fieldwork but further reducing long-term precipitation deficits in areas with lingering drought," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says during the first half of the week, a moisture-laden storm will affect the South and East. "Storm-total rainfall could reach 2 to 4 inches, with locally higher amounts, from the eastern half of the Gulf Coast into the Northeast," USDA explains. A modest surge of cool air will trail the storm across the Midwest, South and East, but temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels across the High Plains, according to USDA. "Late-season warmth will continue in most areas west of the Rockies, especially in the Northwest," USDA adds. Elsewhere, little or no rain will fall for the remainder of the week from the Pacific Coast to the Plains and the western Corn Belt, USDA explains.


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