USDA: Showers Beginning to Develop in Corn Belt, Northern Plains

May 16, 2013 03:02 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, parts of northeastern Texas are in recovery mode, following yesterday’s tornado outbreak—the nation’s deadliest in more than a year. "Currently, scattered showers and thunderstorms continue across eastern Texas and central and eastern Oklahoma," USDA reports. Above-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the region, although increasingly showery weather is starting to slow fieldwork across the northern Plains, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says temperatures are making the transition to below-normal levels in the northern Rockies, northern Great Basin and Pacific Coast States, but warmth continues farther east. "Dry weather continues to promote fieldwork in most areas, although showers are becoming more numerous in the Northwest," USDA continues.

In the Corn Belt, USDA explains warm weather continues to promote an acceleration of fieldwork, including corn planting, except in areas where showers and thunderstorms have begun to develop. "Currently, shower activity is mostly concentrated across the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA says widely scattered showers are causing only minor fieldwork delays. "The heaviest showers, in conjunction with a storm system over the southeastern Plains, are falling west of the Mississippi Delta," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says the storm system responsible for the recent severe weather outbreak will drift eastward during the next three days, generating as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain from the southeastern Plains to the southern Mid-Atlantic states. "Meanwhile, a low-pressure system will develop across the nation’s mid-section by week’s end," USDA adds. As a result, USDA says five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. "In contrast, little or no rain will fall from central and southern California to the southern High Plains," USDA adds. By week’s end, below-normal temperatures will cover the West, but several days of hot weather will affect the Plains and Midwest, USDA explains. Late-week readings above 100°F can be expected across parts of the southern High Plains, according to USDA.


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