USDA: Rains Possible for Midwest This Weekend

November 29, 2012 02:45 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, USDA says cold air lingers across the northern tier of the region, mainly in North Dakota. "Farther south, mild, dry weather is maintaining severe stress on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat," USDA explains. On Nov. 25, more than three-quarters of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition in Colorado (85%), Kansas (82%), and Oklahoma (80%), according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says the second in a series of storms is moving ashore along the northern Pacific Coast. "Heavy precipitation and high winds are occurring in northwestern California and western sections of Oregon and Washington," USDA explains. Across the remainder of the West, mild, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork, USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild, dry weather prevails, except for lingering cold conditions in the Great Lakes region. "Harvest activities are complete in most of the Midwest, and nearing completion in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA explains.

In the South, cool, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting, according to USDA. "However, drought has begun to expand again in the Southeast, with more than half (53%) of Georgia's pastures rated in very poor to poor condition by Nov. 25," USDA continues.

USDA's outlook says a very active, stormy weather pattern will continue into next week across northern California and the Northwest. "During the next five days, additional precipitation totals could reach 2 to 5 inches in the northern Rockies, 4 to 8 inches in the Pacific Northwest, and 4 to 14 inches in northern California," USDA reports. Elsewhere, late-week precipitation will be mostly confined to the nation’s northern tier, where some light snow will fall, according to USDA. During the weekend, USDA reports some light rain will break out across the eastern half of the U.S., with the most significant precipitation expected from the Midwest into the Northeast. "Early next week, some rain and snow will overspread the northern Plains," USDA explains.


 

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