USDA: Showers to Develop in Lower Midwest, Southeastern Plains

May 14, 2013 03:29 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool weather lingers across Michigan and Ohio, accompanied by scattered showers. "Warmer air is overspreading the remainder of the Midwest, promoting an acceleration of corn and early-season soybean planting," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says warm, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop growth. "Planting is ahead of the normal pace for most crops, including cotton (in Arizona and California ), rice (in California ) and spring wheat (in Idaho and Washington)," USDA details.

On the Plains, USDA reports very warm weather continues to promote an acceleration of fieldwork and crop development. "Warmth is especially notable on the central Plains, where today’s high temperatures will again approach or reach 95°F," USDA explains. Precipitation (showers and thunderstorms) is mostly confined to the Red River Valley, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says frost advisories were in effect this morning as far south as northern and western North Carolina. "Elsewhere, dry but cool weather is conducive to fieldwork operations, including cotton, peanut, rice and soybean planting," USDA details.

In its outlook, USDA says a brief period of warm, mostly dry weather across much of the nation will gradually come to an end. "At mid-week, scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop from the southeastern Plains into the lower Midwest," USDA elaborates. Late in the week and during the weekend, heavier rain (1 to 2 inches or more) will affect portions of the northern Plains and upper Midwest, USDA reports. In contrast, USDA says mostly dry weather will prevail from California to the southern High Plains. "Late in the week, cooler weather in the West will contrast with record-setting warmth on the High Plains," USDA continues.

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