USDA: More Showers Expected for the Midwest Later This Week

August 13, 2012 03:10 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms associated with a cold front stretch from the Great Lakes region southward into the middle Mississippi Valley. "The recent Midwestern turn toward cooler, showery weather has generally come too late for corn but will benefit drought-stricken pastures and some soybeans," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA says isolated showers are mostly confined to the southern half of the region. "In the Northwest, hot, dry weather continues to promote small grain harvesting and other fieldwork," USDA reports.

On the Plains, USDA says showers are generally limited to southernmost areas. "On the southern High Plains, rain is especially beneficial for cotton and other immature summer crops," USDA reports. Meanwhile on the northern High Plains, warm, dry weather favors winter and spring wheat harvesting, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says beneficial showers are spreading across parts of the Mississippi Valley, including the northern Delta. "Meanwhile in the Southeast, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says a cold front currently crossing the Mid-South and Midwest will reach the Atlantic Seaboard by midweek. "During the second half of the week, another cold front will follow a similar path across the Midwest and East," USDA says. Showers and thunderstorms associated with the second front will develop across the upper Midwest on Wednesday and reach parts of the South and East by Friday, according to USDA. "Five-day rainfall totals associated with the two cold fronts could reach 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, across the South, East and lower Midwest," USDA reports. Locally heavy showers will also dot the Southwest, while hot, dry weather will prevail in the Northwest, USDA says.
"Meanwhile, heat will briefly return to parts of the Midwest and East in advance of the second cold front," USDA adds. By week’s end, however, a cool weather pattern will become re-established in most areas from the Plains to the East Coast, according to USDA.


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