USDA: Rain, Snow Boosting Moisture Reserves in Central Plains

November 2, 2011 03:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cool, dry conditions across northern portions of the region contrast with lingering warmth in southern and eastern Texas. "Meanwhile on the central Plains, rain and snow showers are boosting moisture reserves for winter wheat," USDA reports. For the remainder of today, USDA says significant accumulations of snow can be expected from eastern Colorado into parts of southern Nebraska.

In the West, USDA says precipitation is confined to the central Rockies, where snow is falling. "Cold air covers much of the West, except for lingering warmth in California," USDA says. The cotton harvest has passed the halfway mark (55% complete on October 30) in California, while the rice harvest is nearing completion, USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says a band of rain showers stretches from the Great Lakes region into the middle Missouri Valley. "Cooler air trails the rain, but mild, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork (winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting) in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA reports.

In the South, USDA says dry weather is promoting winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting.

In its outlook, USDA says a surge of cool air over the nation’s mid-section will slide into the Southeast toward week’s end. "Rain associated with the cold front could reach 1 to 2 inches from the middle Mississippi Valley into the southern Mid-Atlantic states," USDA explains. However, USDA says a more significant cold outbreak will engulf the West during the weekend, preceded and accompanied by widespread rain and snow showers. "Mild weather will return to the South and East by early next week, while rain and snow will overspread the northern Plains and upper Midwest," USDA reports.


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