USDA: Warm, Mostly Dry Conditions Expected for the Midwest

June 4, 2012 03:11 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, hot weather is promoting winter wheat maturation. "However, thunderstorms are causing minor wheat harvest disruptions on the southern Plains," USDA explains. Despite recent and ongoing showers, USDA reports rain is still needed for pastures and rain-fed summer crops across portions of the central and southern Plains.

In the West, USDA reports markedly cooler air is overspreading the Pacific Coast states. "In the Pacific Northwest, widespread rain showers accompany the turn toward cool weather," USDA adds. Meanwhile, USDA says warmth lingers across the central and southern Rockies and the Intermountain West.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says chilly weather prevails in the lower Great Lakes region, where today's high temperatures will remain largely below 70°F. "Elsewhere, Midwestern pastures and summer crops are benefiting from recent topsoil moisture improvements, although pockets of unfavorable dryness persist," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says a broken line of showers and thunderstorms stretches from South Carolina westward into eastern Oklahoma. "The rain is providing much-needed moisture for pastures and summer crops, but unfavorably dry
conditions persist across the Deep South, excluding the southern Atlantic region," according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, a cold front will continue to settle across the South before stalling near the Gulf Coast. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from Texas to the southern Atlantic states," USDA elaborates. Elsewhere, USDA says significant precipitation will be confined to the Northwest, where widespread, 1- to 3-inch totals will occur. "Mostly dry weather will persist through week’s end in the Southwest and Midwest, although mid- to lateweek showers will affect parts of the northwestern Corn Belt," USDA explains. Elsewhere, cool conditions in the East and West will contrast with generally warmer-than-normal weather across the nation’s mid-section, according to USDA.


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