USDA: Southern Plains Could Receive 2 to 6 Inches of Rain

October 7, 2011 03:17 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a broken line of showers stretches from the eastern Dakotas into Nebraska. A more significant area of rain over Montana is boosting topsoil moisture for winter wheat emergence and establishment. Across the southern half of the region, producers continue to harvest summer crops and plant winter wheat under warm, dry conditions in advance of an approaching storm.

In the West, USDA says dry weather has returned to most areas from California into the Four Corners States. "However, chilly conditions linger throughout the region, while rain and snow showers continue from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather across the majority of the region continues to promote soft red winter wheat planting and corn and soybean maturation and harvesting, USDA reports. "However, a few rain showers are developing across the upper Midwest," USDA adds.

In the South, scattered showers are developing in Florida. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including cotton, peanut, rice and soybean harvesting.

USDA's outlook says a storm system centered over eastern Montana will drift northeastward into central Canada, while a secondary area of low pressure will form across the central and southern High Plains. "From October 7-9, the secondary storm has the potential to produce large amounts of rain—possibly 2 to 6 inches, with isolated amounts near 10 inches—across portions of the central and southern Plains," USDA reports. Meanwhile, dry weather will return to the West, except for lingering showers from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, USDA explains. "Elsewhere, wet weather will develop during the weekend in Florida, with heavy rain spreading northward through the southern Atlantic States early next week," USDA says.


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