USDA: Showers in the Northern Tier of the Midwest

October 25, 2011 03:51 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather is slowing fieldwork across the northern tier of the Midwest, including Michigan. "Warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest," USDA reports. "Late-season warmth is especially beneficial in Ohio, where the corn crop was only 76% mature and 14% harvested by October 23," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA says cooler air is overspreading the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. "Meanwhile, a cold front is crossing the central Rockies and the Intermountain West, preceded and accompanied by a few showers," USDA adds. In California and Arizona, USDA says the cotton harvest is progressing slightly ahead of the average pace.

On the Plains, USDA reports a few rain showers are spreading across northern areas, particularly North Dakota. "Meanwhile across the southern half of the region, dry weather accompanies record-setting warmth," USDA says. "Today's highs will approach 90°F in Texas, where half of the winter wheat was rated in very poor to poor condition on October 23," USDA says.

In the South, USDA says warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.

According to USDA's outlook, a strong cold front will push quickly to the south and east, resulting in a mid- to late-week turn toward cool weather nearly nationwide. "By Thursday morning, temperatures will fall below 20°F as far south as the central High Plains," USDA explains. However, temperatures will quickly rebound across the western half of the U.S., with warmer-than normal weather returning by week’s end, USDA says. "Chilly conditions will linger into next week across the East," USDA says. Precipitation associated with the cold front will be heaviest—with 1 to 2 inches expected—across the central and southern Rockies (and adjacent High Plains), where significant snow will fall, and from the southeastern Plains into the Ohio Valley and southern New England, USDA explains.


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