USDA: Scattered Showers to Persist Across Northern U.S. This Week

June 24, 2013 03:32 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, thunderstorms are slowing late-season soybean planting, especially in Iowa and northern Illinois. "Elsewhere in the Midwest, warm weather favors corn and soybean growth," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA reports several large wildfires remain active in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, and the risk of additional fires remains high in the Four Corners states. "In contrast, cool showery weather in northern California and the Northwest is slowing crop development but boosting topsoil moisture," USDA reports.

On the Plains, USDA says very warm weather is promoting crop development. "Thunderstorms, primarily confined to the northern half of the region, are heaviest in Nebraska and neighboring states," USDA details. Winter wheat harvesting continues to advance northward across the southern Plains, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says warm conditions and isolated showers are maintaining generally favorable conditions for pastures and summer crops. "On June 16, at least three-quarters of the pastures were rated in good to excellent condition in all Southeastern states except Kentucky (74% good to excellent), Louisiana (63%) and Florida (59%)," USDA continues.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of the week, scattered showers and thunderstorms will occur across the northern and eastern U.S. "Some of the heaviest rain can be expected from near the Iowa-Minnesota-Wisconsin triple point into New England, where five-day totals could reach 2 to 4 inches," USDA explains. One- to 2-inch totals can be expected in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest, but little or no rain will fall from southern California to the southern half of the Plains, USDA details. "Meanwhile, most of the U.S. will experience above-normal temperatures during the next several days, except for an early-week chill in the Far West," USDA continues. Toward week’s end, cooler air will overspread the Midwest, USDA explains.


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