USDA: Shallow Snow Cover for Majority of Northern Plains Winter Wheat Areas

November 21, 2011 02:17 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, beneficial showers are developing across southern portions of the region, where producers continue to deal with drought-damaged pastures and drought-depleted soil moisture reserves. "A shallow snow cover exists across the majority of the northern Plains' winter wheat areas, where weekend temperatures fell below -10°F in parts of Montana," USDA says.

In the West, USDA reports stormy weather is confined to the Pacific Northwest, except for a few rain and snow showers in the Four Corners states. "Autumn fieldwork continues in California and the Desert Southwest," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports fieldwork is nearing completion in most areas. "However, scattered showers and wet soils continue to hamper corn harvesting and other late-season fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says showers and thunderstorms stretch from Arkansas into Tennessee and Kentucky. "Meanwhile, late-season fieldwork—including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting—continues across the lower Southeast," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says a developing storm system will produce significant early- to mid-week rainfall from the southeastern Plains to southern New England, where additional rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches. "In the storm’s wake, most of the U.S. will experience a rapid warming trend," USDA explains. By Thanksgiving Day, temperatures will range from 10° to 20°F above normal across the northern and central Plains and much of the Midwest, according to USDA. "Toward week’s end, however, cool weather will return to the West," USDA adds. Well in advance of the surge of cool air, late-week showers will develop in the Mississippi Valley, USDA says. "Elsewhere, stormy weather will persist in the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest, with five-day totals in the latter region expected to exceed 6 inches in some locations," USDA says.


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