USDA: Temps Rebounding after a Cold Snap on the Plains

November 13, 2013 02:41 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mild weather is returning to the upper Midwest, but cold conditions linger elsewhere. "By Nov. 10, more than one-third of the corn remained in the field in North Dakota (64% harvested), Michigan (62%) and Wisconsin (62%)," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA says isolated rain and snow showers are confined to the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. "California’s cotton harvest is nearing completion, while Arizona’s cotton harvest reached the halfway point on Nov. 10," USDA explains. Northwestern winter wheat is faring well, with the majority of the crop rated good to excellent on Nov. 10 in Idaho (90%), Washington (75%), Oregon (67%), and California (65%), according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA says temperatures are starting to rebound in the wake of the recent cold snap. "Still, this morning’s temperatures dipped below 20°F as far south as Oklahoma," USDA adds. Later today, however, readings above 70°F can be expected as far north as the central High Plains, USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports freeze warnings are in effect early today from central Texas to northern Florida. "Although the cold conditions have ended the growing season in nearly all areas except along the immediate Gulf Coast and southern sections of Florida and Texas, dry weather is promoting fieldwork," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next three days, dry weather will prevail nearly nationwide. "The high-pressure system responsible for the ongoing cold wave will drift into the Southeast by Thursday and offshore by week’s end," USDA reports. As a result, USDA says above-normal temperatures will quickly return to the eastern half of the U.S., accompanied by an increasing chance of showers. "During the weekend, rainfall could reach an inch or more from the central Gulf Coast northward into the Great Lakes region," USDA continues. Meanwhile, the West will experience an equally rapid transition to below-normal temperatures, with cold weather reaching the northern Plains during the weekend, USDA reports. "Widespread rain and snow showers, heaviest in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies, will accompany the sudden Western chill," USDA details.

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