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USDA: Unseasonably Cold, Unsettled Conditions to Prevail in Corn Belt

08:57AM Jun 06, 2013

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, unsettled weather is overspreading the region, although the recent spell of dry weather favored any remaining corn and soybean planting activities in eastern portions of the region. "Fieldwork remains slow across the northern and western Corn Belt due to recent heavy rain and soggy soils," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA says hot, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and crop development, although drought coverage and intensity continue to expand in central and southern portions of the region.

On the Plains, USDA says rain has exited the region, though morning showers and thunderstorms linger in southeastern areas. "Recent, locally excessive rainfall in northern and eastern portions of the Plains has been in sharp contrast to ongoing – in some cases worsening – drought across the central and southern High Plains," according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says moisture associated with Tropical Storm Andrea is triggering widespread, locally heavy showers across the Southeast. "The rain is especially beneficial in the Florida Panhandle, where 30-day precipitation has been locally less than 10% of normal," USDA details.

USDA's outlook says Tropical Storm Andrea, currently in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, will track northeast, while a slow-moving cold front will approach the eastern U.S. from the west. "The combination of these two features will generate locally heavy downpours from the eastern Gulf Coast into the Northeast, although the location and intensity of the heaviest rainfall (2-5 inches, potentially more) are contingent on the final path of Andrea," USDA continues. Meanwhile, USDA reports lingering showers across the southern Plains will gradually expand north, encompassing the Dakotas by the weekend. "In the Corn Belt, unseasonably cold, unsettled conditions will prevail," USDA adds. In contrast, increasingly hot (10-20°F above normal), dry weather will persist out west, with daytime highs eclipsing 100°F from northern California into the Southwest, according to USDA.