USDA: Warm and Dry Across Western Two-thirds of U.S.

September 19, 2011 03:45 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River, but showery weather is slowing fieldwork across the remainder of the Midwest.

In the West, warm, dry weather continues to promote summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including northwestern winter wheat planting, USDA reports. "Isolated showers are confined to the northern Rockies," USDA says.

On the Plains, mild, mostly dry weather prevails, USDA reports. "A few showers and thunderstorms linger across Texas, although much more rain will be needed to significantly dent the southern Plains' historic drought." USDA explains. Waco, Texas, received 2.13 inches of rain during the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. CDT, but still has a year-to-date precipitation deficit in excess of 10 inches, USDA says.

In the South, dry weather lingers in the southern Atlantic States, USDA says.
"Meanwhile, showers have spread as far east as the Mississippi Valley, slowing harvest activities and other early-autumn fieldwork," USDA adds.

USDA's outlook for the remainder of the week is for cool, wet weather to be focused across the eastern one-third of the U.S., while warm, dry weather will gradually expand across the western two-thirds of the nation. "The pattern will become even more firmly established by week’s end. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the eastern U.S.," USDA reports.


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