USDA: Rain Expected in the Corn Belt Midweek

December 12, 2011 02:20 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, winter wheat continues to ease into dormancy under a cool, dry weather regime. "Some beneficial precipitation (drizzle and light rain) is developing in southern Texas," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says a few rain and snow showers are developing from southern California to Arizona in conjunction with an approaching storm system. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the West," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, patches of light rain are developing in the Mississippi Valley, according to USDA. Mild, dry weather prevails elsewhere in the Midwest, it continues. "In Ohio and neighboring areas, soggy fields continue to delay late-season corn harvest efforts, with many producers waiting for fields to freeze," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says a chilly rain is disrupting late-autumn fieldwork activities from northern Florida into southern South Carolina. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says above-normal temperatures will expand to encompass most areas from the Plains to the East Coast, with some of the most unusual warmth (high temperatures approaching 70°F) affecting the middle Mississippi Valley at mid-week. "In contrast, cold air will remain entrenched across much of the West before reaching the Plains late in the week," USDA explains. Meanwhile, rain will end later today in the southern Atlantic region, but high-elevation snow will fall through Tuesday in the Southwest, according to USDA. "By mid-week, widespread precipitation—mostly rain—will develop across the nation’s mid-section, with 1- to 2-inch totals possible in the Corn Belt," USDA says.


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