USDA: South-Central U.S. to Receive Precip Again Next Week

December 15, 2011 02:33 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, rain is falling across eastern portions of the region. "In addition, some lowland flooding is occurring, especially in Indiana," USDA says. Corn harvesting and other late-season fieldwork activities remain on indefinite hold in Ohio and neighboring states, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports a cool weather pattern persists. "A few rain and snow showers dot the Northwest, while a more significant batch of precipitation is crossing northern and central California," USDA explains. The wet season has gotten off to an extremely slow start in California, where today's showers are especially beneficial with respect to pasture and rangeland growth, USDA elaborates.

On the Plains, USDA says drought-easing rains linger across Texas, particularly in central and northeastern parts of the state. "Elsewhere, cool, breezy weather prevails in the wake of a cold front's passage," USDA says.

In the South, USDA says a band of rain stretches from Kentucky to eastern Texas. "Especially wet conditions exist in Arkansas, where some lowland flooding is developing," USDA says. In contrast, warm, dry weather favors soybean harvesting and other late-season fieldwork in the Southeast, USDA reports.

USDA's outlook says a cold front will sweep into the Northeast later today, preceded and accompanied by widespread showers. "Meanwhile, the front will stall across the South, where rain will linger into Saturday," USDA says. By early next week, widespread, drought-easing precipitation will return to the south-central U.S., according to USDA. "During the next several days, there will be rapid temperature fluctuations across much of the nation," USDA adds, continuing "For example, mild weather in the East will be replaced by cooler conditions during the weekend, while temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels across the nation’s mid-section." The West will also experience a weekend warming trend, according to USDA.


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