USDA: Much of the Nation Is Enjoying Mild, Dry Weather

November 1, 2012 03:29 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mostly dry weather persists in Montana, despite an increase in cloudiness. "Elsewhere, unusually warm, dry weather prevails," USDA adds. Today's high temperatures will exceed 70°F as far north as western Nebraska and could approach 90°F in parts of Texas, according to USDA. Winter wheat continues to struggle to emerge and develop across the northwestern half of the High Plains, USDA reports. "In South Dakota, only 23% of the wheat had emerged by Oct. 28, compared to the five-year average of 88%," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA says significant precipitation is mainly confined to the Pacific Northwest, although scattered rain and snow showers stretch from the northern Rockies to central California. "Meanwhile in the Desert Southwest, warm, dry weather favors cotton harvesting and other autumn fieldwork," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says a few rain showers linger across Michigan and Ohio. "In contrast, mild, dry weather favors winter wheat development and late-season harvest efforts across the southwestern Corn Belt," USDA continues.

In the South, temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels west of the Mississippi River, but chilly conditions linger farther east, according to USDA. "Throughout the region, dry weather favors fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting," USDA reports.

USDA's outlook says cool, mostly cloudy, showery, and breezy conditions persist in the Northeast, where storm recovery efforts are ongoing. "Below-normal temperatures will persist into next week in the Northeast, although showery, breezy weather will gradually subside," USDA explains. Elsewhere, much of the remainder of the nation will continue to experience mild, dry weather, according to USDA. "One exception will be the Northwest, where occasional rain and snow can be expected," USDA adds. During the next five days, cool conditions will be limited to northern areas from the upper Midwest into the Northeast, while light showers will affect the northern Plains, the Mississippi Valley, and parts of the South, according to USDA.


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