USDA: Rains Expected for the Midwest

April 10, 2014 03:44 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a narrow band of rain showers stretches from Michigan to Nebraska. "Near-normal temperatures in the upper Midwest contrast with warmer-than-normal weather across the southern and eastern Corn Belt," USDA continues. Some lowland flooding persists, mainly in the lower Ohio Valley, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports hot, dry weather is boosting irrigation demands—mainly in California and the Desert Southwest — and accelerating the melting of high-elevation snowpack. "For the second consecutive day, high temperatures will approach or reach 100°F in the Desert Southwest," USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA explains mostly dry weather prevails. "Parts of the southern High Plains will experience a second consecutive day of 90-degree heat, further stressing rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat," USDA details. On April 6, nearly half of the rangeland and pastures were rated very poor to poor in Texas (48%) and Oklahoma (43%), according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports pockets of lowland flooding linger, especially across central and southern Mississippi. "Elsewhere, dry, warmer weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, including corn, sorghum, and rice planting," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next few days, a pair of Canadian cold fronts will re-introduce cool weather to areas east of the Rockies. "The second, stronger front will cross the Plains and Midwest during the weekend and reach the Atlantic Seaboard early next week," USDA continues. Five-day precipitation totals a ssociated with the cold fronts could reach 1 to 2 inches in the Midwest, with generally lighter amounts in surrounding regions, according to USDA. "Meanwhile, little or no rain will fall from the Pacific Coast to the southern High Plains," USDA reports. In addition, unusually warm weather will persist in the West, USDA continues.


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