USDA: Southern Midwest Benefitting from Cooler Temps & Showers

July 9, 2012 03:21 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, favorably cooler weather prevails. "In addition, weekend showers provided desperately needed moisture to some drought-stricken pastures and summer crops in the lower Midwest," USDA reports. Currently, USDA says a few showers linger across the southernmost Corn Belt, in the vicinity of the Ohio River.

In the West, USDA reports showers are mostly confined to the southern Rockies. "Elsewhere, a heat wave is underway, except along the Pacific Coast," USDA adds. With the pattern change, the greatest threat of wildfire development or expansion has shifted into the interior Northwest, USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says cloudy, showery and substantially cooler weather prevails from Nebraska to Texas. "The pattern change is easing stress on pastures and summer crops," USDA reports. Farther north, however, USDA says hot weather is returning to the northern High Plains.

In the South, scattered, highly beneficial showers are encroaching from the north and west, according to USDA. "However, hot conditions persist across much of the Southeast, in advance of an approaching cold front," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says East of the Rockies, a reprieve from extreme heat will last much of the week, except on the northern Plains. Meanwhile, hot weather on the northern Plains will slowly expand to encompass the central and southern High Plains by week’s end, according to USDA. "Much of the West, excluding the southern Rockies, will experience several days of record-setting heat," USDA reports. Generally dry weather will prevail through week’s end across the North and much of the West, USDA explains. "However, monsoon showers could result in 1 to 2 inches of rain in the southern Rockies," USDA adds. Elsewhere, heavy showers (locally 2 to 4 inches or more) can be expected from the western Gulf region into the southern Mid-Atlantic states, but only light rain is forecast north of the Ohio River, according to USDA.


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