USDA: Mild Weather to Return to the U.S. Second Half of the Week

November 27, 2012 02:28 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, bitterly cold weather lingers along the Canadian border. "Farther south, however, warmth is quickly returning to the central High Plains," USDA adds. Nearly all the hard red winter wheat crop is in desperate need of moisture, USDA reports. "By Nov. 25, one-quarter to two-thirds of the wheat was rated very poor to poor in South Dakota (64%), Nebraska (46%), Oklahoma (44%), Texas (40%), Colorado (34%), and Kansas (25%)," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA says mild, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork. "By Nov. 25, the Arizona cotton harvest was 65% complete," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says light snow is ending across the Ohio Valley. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest, where producers have largely completed harvest activities," USDA reports.

In the South, USDA says scattered showers stretch from the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians. "The rain has not reached the southern Atlantic coastal plain, where late-season fieldwork continues," USDA explains. On Nov. 25, at least one-fifth of the cotton remained in the field in Georgia (79% harvested) and South Carolina (80% harvested). Meanwhile, cooler air is overspreading the western Gulf Coast region, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says a fast-moving disturbance will reach the Mid-Atlantic Coast later today. "Some additional snow can be expected in the northern Mid-Atlantic region, while rain showers will linger across the Southeast," USDA reports. A brief period of cold weather will trail the disturbance, but warmth will expand into the Plains by mid-week, USDA explains. Mild weather will return to the remainder of the U.S. during the second half of the week, except for lingering cool conditions from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast, according to USDA. "Precipitation will return to the Pacific Coast states on Wednesday, followed by a late-week deluge in northern California," USDA says. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the northern Rockies; 2 to 5 inches in the Pacific Northwest; and 6 to 12 inches in northern California, it continues.


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