USDA: Midwest to Remain Dry Through Week's End

August 13, 2013 03:29 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent showers. "This morning’s low temperatures ranged from 40°F to 50°F in the northwestern Corn Belt. Midwestern crop concerns include persistent pockets of dryness in the western Corn Belt and delayed corn and soybean maturity due to late planting and cool weather," USDA details.

In the West, USDA says mostly dry weather prevails during a lull in the monsoon. "Heat is gradually building across the Southwest and persists in the Northwest, where small grain harvesting continues but wildfire development or expansion remains a concern," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA reports scattered showers and thunderstorms are generally benefiting pastures and summer crops. "However, flooding remains a concern in a broad area centered on Oklahoma, while showers are slowing small grain harvest activities on the northern Plains," according to USDA. In contrast, hot, dry weather lingers across Texas—excluding the northern panhandle—maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and rain-fed summer crops, USDA continues.

In the South, scattered showers are affecting several areas, including the Mid-South, USDA reports. "Elsewhere, unfavorably hot, dry weather in the drought-affected western Gulf Coast region contrasts with favorably hot, dry weather in the well-watered southern Atlantic states, " USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says heat will continue to build across the West and expand onto the northern High Plains, but near- to below-normal temperatures will prevail through week’s end across the eastern half of the U.S. "Meanwhile, precipitation associated with a cold front will settle into the Southeast and persist for several days," USDA adds. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 3 to 5 inches or more across the lower Southeast, while an additional 1 to 2 inches could fall in Oklahoma and environs, USDA explains. Little or no precipitation can be expected through week’s end in the Midwest and west of the Rockies, according to USDA.

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