USDA: Mild, Unfavorably Dry Conditions Persist in the Upper Midwest

February 16, 2012 02:39 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mild, unfavorably dry conditions continue across the upper Midwest. In contrast, the latest round of precipitation — light rain — is falling in the eastern Corn Belt, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says cool weather persists. "A frost advisory is in effect this morning across parts of California’s San Joaquin Valley," USDA adds. It continues to explain precipitation is confined to the Pacific Northwest and portions of the Desert Southwest.

On the Plains, USDA says dry weather prevails. "A patchy, shallow snow covers exists across the northern half of the region, but much of the Plains' winter wheat crop remains exposed to potential weather extremes," USDA reports.

In the South, dry weather has temporarily returned to the western Gulf Coast region, except for showers in Deep South Texas, according to USDA. "Meanwhile, rain showers are providing drought relief in the southern Atlantic states, but largely bypassing Florida's peninsula," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says for today, rain will affect much of the East. "However, Florida’s peninsula will remain mostly dry, while some wet snow will blanket the interior Northeast," USDA adds. Meanwhile, USDA reports a new storm will begin to take shape over the southcentral U.S. "By early Saturday, a low-pressure system will develop along the western Gulf Coast and drift northeastward," says USDA. The storm system will reach the southern Mid-Atlantic Coast on Sunday, according to USDA. "Storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches from the western Gulf Coast region into the Southeast—excluding southern Florida—while wet snow may blanket the central Appalachians and neighboring areas," USDA explains. Elsewhere, significant precipitation will be confined to the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, although light rain and snow showers will overspread the Intermountain West during the weekend, USDA says.


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