USDA: Local Flooding in Eastern Oklahoma, Texas

March 20, 2012 03:14 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, local flooding is affecting eastern portions of Texas and Oklahoma, where overnight rainfall totaled 5 inches or more in a few locations. "Meanwhile, colder air is overspreading the southern High Plains," USDA explains. Elsewhere, USDA says dry weather has returned to Montana, following Monday's beneficial snowfall.

In the West, USDA says stormy weather is returning to areas from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, while cool, dry conditions prevail elsewhere. "Frost advisories are in effect this morning in some valley locations across interior southern California," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports widespread, record-setting warmth continues for a seventh consecutive day. "Today's high temperatures will exceed 80°F in much of the Ohio Valley," USDA adds. Rain showers are spreading into parts of the southwestern Corn Belt, including western Missouri, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork and rapid crop development. "Nearly all (97%) of Georgia's blueberries have bloomed, compared to 24% at this time last year," USDA explains. Meanwhile, USDA explains heavy showers and thunderstorms are inching across western areas, including western Arkansas and eastern Texas.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today, torrential rain will expand from the southeastern Plains into the lower Mississippi Valley. "Local flooding will continue in eastern portions of Oklahoma and Texas, while today’s rainfall (locally 4 to 8 inches) could cause flooding to develop in parts of Arkansas and Louisiana," USDA reports. By mid-week, USDA explains rainfall intensity will begin to diminish, although heavy showers may persist in the central Gulf Coast states. "Meanwhile, highly beneficial rain will overspread portions of the central and southern High Plains," USDA adds, continuing "Toward week’s end, beneficial showers will reach the middle and southern Atlantic states." Elsewhere, wet weather will continue in the Northwest, while much of the U.S.—excluding the Far West—will continue to experience highly unusual early-season warmth, according to USDA.


 

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