USDA: Recent Showers Improved Soil Moisture on Southern Plains

September 19, 2012 03:26 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, widespread soil moisture shortages are delaying winter wheat planting, with severe to exceptional drought firmly entrenched from South Dakota and Wyoming into Texas. "However, recent showers have improved soil moisture on the southern Plains, benefiting rangeland, pastures, and newly-planted winter grains," USDA reports.

In the West, late-summer heat and dryness prevail, USDA reports. "The dry conditions are causing some producers to refrain from winter wheat planting, especially in Idaho and Oregon," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool, drier weather has settled over the region in the wake of recent beneficial rainfall. "However, a disturbance is triggering scattered showers in the upper Midwest, although the rain is generally light," USDA adds.

In the South, USDA says dry weather is allowing the flooding in the Tennessee Valley and the central and southern Appalachians to subside. "Currently, showers linger in Florida, where yesterday's cold front has stalled, while seasonably cool conditions have settled over the remainder of the region," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says mostly tranquil weather will prevail across the contiguous U.S. into the weekend. "Cool, mostly dry weather will settle over the eastern half of the nation as a cold front clears the Atlantic Coast," USDA explains. However, the front will stall across southern Florida, generating additional showers and thunderstorms, USDA reports. "Meanwhile, a series of upper-air disturbances will maintain unsettled, increasingly chilly weather in the Midwest," USDA adds. Out west, sunny skies and above-normal temperatures will prevail from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast, with monsoon showers not expected to resume until early next week, according to USDA. "In addition, the short-term prognosis for drought relief on the Plains is bleak, with no appreciable rainfall expected over the next five days," USDA continues.


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