USDA: Mild, Dry Weather for the Plains to the East Coast for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 02:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the West, mild, dry weather across the majority of the region contrasts with stormy conditions from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "Northwestern precipitation is benefiting winter grains but causing holiday travel disruptions," USDA adds.

On the Plains, warm, dry weather is promoting some late-season winter wheat development, according to USDA. 'Today's high temperatures will reach 70°F as far north as the central Plains," USDA notes. Meanwhile on the southern Plains, cotton, peanut, and sorghum harvest activities are nearing completion, USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says rain is ending across Ohio, while mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. "However, fieldwork—including late-season corn harvesting—remains on hold in the eastern Corn Belt due to soggy soils," USDA reports.

In the South, showers and thunderstorms are sweeping toward the southern Atlantic Coast, according to USDA. "Mild, dry weather across the remainder of the region favors a gradual return to outdoor activities," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says for today, stormy weather will remain an impediment to holiday travel along the Atlantic Seaboard and in the Northwest. "Due to snow, travel will be especially difficult in northern New England and through Northwestern mountain passes," USDA explains. For Thanksgiving Day, mild, dry weather will prevail from the Plains to the East Coast, USDA says. "However, stormy weather will continue in the Northwest, while Thanksgiving Day showers will develop in southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico," USDA says. By week’s end, a slow-moving storm will begin to evolve across the nation’s mid-section, according to USDA."Showers will develop across the central and southern Plains by Friday, reaching the Mississippi Valley the following day. Some weekend snow may fall in the upper Midwest, while strong thunderstorms may develop across the South," USDA explains.


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