USDA: Showers to Precede Cooler Conditions in North-Central U.S.

May 15, 2012 03:22 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, showers linger across central and southern Texas, mainly south of the winter wheat belt. "Across the northern and central High Plains, where today's high temperatures will approach 90°F, both fall- and spring-sown small grains are developing at a faster-than-normal pace," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says cool weather prevails in the southern Rockies and along the immediate Pacific Coast. "Elsewhere, dry weather and record-setting high temperatures are promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development," USDA adds. Today's high temperatures will again exceed 90°F in parts of the interior Northwest.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says a weak cold front is crossing the upper Midwest. "Slightly cooler air trails the front, while warm, dry weather across the remainder of the Midwest is promoting fieldwork and crop growth," according to USDA.

In the South, USDA explains rain showers are affecting central and southern Texas and portions of the Atlantic coastal plain. "In both regions, rain continues to chip away at precipitation deficits," USDA says. However, the southern Atlantic States and parts of Alabama are still in need of substantial rainfall to ease the effects of drought on crops and water supplies, according to USdA.

In its outlook, USDA says rain will largely end across the East by mid-week, although beneficial showers may linger across the southern Atlantic states. "During the second half of the week, a warm, dry weather pattern will cover the majority of the nation," USDA reports. However, there will be a brief surge of cool air across the Great Lakes and Northeastern states, USDA continues. "Toward week’s end, cooler air will arrive in the West," it adds. Briefly cooler weather will reach the Plains during the weekend, according to USDA. "Scattered showers will precede and accompany the cooler conditions across the north-central U.S.," USDA explains.


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