USDA: Showers Are Crossing the Northern Midwest

June 18, 2012 03:15 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are rumbling across the northern tier of Midwestern states. "Farther south, weekend showers provided drought-stressed corn and soybeans with much-needed moisture, although soil moisture reserves remain limited across much of the southern and eastern Corn Belt," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says scattered showers are confined to the northern tier of the region. "Cool weather is limiting crop development in coastal California and from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, while above-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the region," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says cool weather is limited to portions of Montana and North Dakota. In contrast, today's high temperatures will approach, reach, or exceed 100°F on the central and southern High Plains. "In addition, drought is adversely affecting some pastures and rain-fed summer crops on the central and southern Plains," according to USDA.

In the South, summer crops and pastures continue to benefit from recent topsoil moisture improvements, USDA reports. "However, not all of the rain has been equally distributed; significant drought persists in several regions, including much of the Mid-South and the northern Mississippi Delta," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next few days, heat will shift northeastward from the Southwest and the central and southern High Plains, eventually reaching the Northeast. "Meanwhile, the Northwest will experience a rapid mid-week warming trend," USDA explains. Significant precipitation will be confined to just a few areas, including southern Florida, the western Gulf Coast region, and the nation’s northern tier as far east as the Great Lakes region, according to USDA. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches or more in the upper Midwest," USDA reports. However, USDA explains a broad area from California into the Southeast will remain dry.


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