USDA: Showers to Move into the Midwest Next Week

November 15, 2013 02:36 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, dry weather favors summer crop harvesting and late-season winter wheat development. "Today’s high temperatures will again approach 60°F as far north as South Dakota," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA reports dry weather prevails, except for some light precipitation in the northern Great Basin and the Pacific Northwest. "Late-season warmth favors fieldwork in California and the Desert Southwest," USDA explains. Arizona’s cotton harvest reached the halfway point on Nov. 10, USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports mild, dry weather is promoting late-season harvest activities. Among the Midwestern States, only Michigan (87% harvested), Wisconsin (86%), and Missouri (75%) had not reached the ninety-percent mark for soybean harvesting by Nov. 10, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says rain is developing in the lower Mississippi Valley and along the eastern Gulf Coast. "Dry weather across the remainder of the Southeast favors winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting, despite an increase in cloudiness," USDA continues.

In its outlook USDA says for the remainder of today, shower activity will expand across the Southeast, although amounts will generally be light. "On Saturday, the focus for widespread showers will shift to the Midwest," USDA continues. By Nov. 17-18, a strong cold front will be preceded and accompanied by showers and thunderstorms across the Midwest and East, according to USDA. Early next week in the front’s wake, snow squalls will develop downwind of the Great Lakes, USDA continues. "Elsewhere, weekend storminess in the West will result in rain and snow showers from the Pacific Northwest to the northern and central Rockies," USDA explains. Another round of storminess will reach the Pacific Northwest early next week, USDA adds.


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