USDA: Record-Setting Warmth in the Corn Belt

January 31, 2012 02:15 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies record-setting warmth. "Today's high temperatures will approach 65° F in the southern Corn Belt," USDA adds. In the Ohio Valley, residual lowland flooding is gradually subsiding, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says mostly dry weather will be accompanied a very gradual cooling trend. "Below-average snow packs remain a concern in several areas, most notably from the Sierra Nevada into the Great Basin," according to USDa.

On the Plains, USDA says the lack of a protective snow cover and warm, dry conditions are maintaining concerns about the hardiness of the winter wheat crop. "Today's high temperatures will exceed 70° F on the southern-most Plains," according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says a few rain showers are developing, mainly in the central Gulf Coast states. "Grasses continue to deteriorate in the drought-affected southern Atlantic region, where, according to USDA, 55% of Florida's pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on Jan. 29," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, a more active weather pattern will begin to take shape. "For the remainder of today, rain showers will develop from the lower Great Lakes region to the central Gulf Coast," according to USDA. At mid-week, rain will shift into the East, while snow will blanket northern New England, USDA says. It continues, "Meanwhile, a developing storm will result in snow in the Rockies." Late-week rain will develop across parts of the central and southern Plains and may become heavy before spreading into the Southeast, according to USDA. "The storm may also result in late-week snow across the western Corn Belt and neighboring regions," USDA says.


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