USDA: More Rain Expected for the Southern Plains

September 27, 2012 03:33 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, warm, dry weather continues to delay winter wheat seeding across the northwestern half of the region, as some producers are awaiting moisture. "Farther south, recently planted wheat is benefiting from recent and ongoing shower activity," USDA reports. In the last 24 hours, locations such as Springfield, Colorado, and Liberal, Kansas, have received more than 1.5 inches of rain, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says isolated showers are confined to the central and southern Rockies. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including Northwestern winter wheat planting," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool conditions linger in portions of the Great Lakes region. "For example, widespread frost was noted this morning in Minnesota and Wisconsin," USDA adds. Farther south, beneficial precipitation is gradually ending, although showers continue in parts of Indiana, Ohio and southern Missouri, USDA reports.

In the South, a few showers and thunderstorms are edging into the northern fringe of the region, including Kentucky and northern Arkansas, according to USDA. "Showers also persist across southern Florida," it continues. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting, USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says a slow-moving cold front draped from the southern Plains into the northern Mid-Atlantic region will drift southward. "The front will remain the focus for showers and thunderstorms, resulting in additional rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches," USDA elaborates. In addition, tropical moisture associated with the remnants of former eastern Pacific Hurricane Miriam will interact with the front across Texas and later the Gulf Coast region, USDA adds. Five-day rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches may occur from central and southern Texas to Florida’s panhandle, according to USDA. "In contrast, very warm, dry weather will persist across much of the West and from the northern Plains into the upper Midwest," USDA explains.


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