USDA: Precip Expected for South-Central U.S. Next Week

November 3, 2011 03:16 AM

USDA: Precip Expected for South-Central U.S. Next Week

Harvest near complete in upper Midwest.

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild weather is returning to the northern tier of the region, including Montana. "Elsewhere, cold weather prevails on the central Plains in the wake of yesterday's beneficial rain and snow, while cold but dry conditions cover the Southern Plains," USDA adds. In western Texas, where a widespread freeze occurred this morning, USDA says the cold weather is assisting with cotton defoliation.

"In the West, precipitation is confined to the Pacific Northwest, where colder air is moving ashore," USDA reports. "Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in California and Arizona," USDA says.

In the Corn Belt, USDA explains rain is halting fieldwork in the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys. "Meanwhile, summer crop harvesting is nearing completion in the upper Midwest," USDA adds. "In Minnesota, for example, the soybean harvest was complete by October 30, while only 7% of the corn remained in the field," USDA continues.

In the South, sharply colder air trails a cold front into areas from the Mississippi Delta westward, USDA says. "A narrow band of rain accompanies the front," USDA adds. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather in the Southeast favors winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says the storm system centered over the middle Mississippi Valley will drift eastward into the southern Mid-Atlantic states by Friday, with an additional 1 to 2 inches possible along and near the storm’s path. "In the storm’s wake, cold weather will linger through the weekend in the Atlantic Coast States," USDA reports. A stronger surge of cold air will arrive during the weekend across the West, accompanied by widespread rain and snow showers, USDA says, adding "Weekend snow will spread as far east as the northern Plains." By early next week, USDA says drought-easing precipitation can be expected to develop across the south-central U.S.


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