USDA: Warm Weather Will Continue to Dominate the U.S.

March 29, 2012 03:22 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, breezy weather accompanies record-setting warmth. "Today's high temperatures will approach 90°F on the southern High Plains, where lingering drought impacts continue to adversely affect rangeland, pastures and winter wheat," USDA reports. On March 25, nearly one-third (30%) of the Texas winter wheat crop was rated in very poor to poor condition, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says cool weather is limited to the Pacific Northwest, the northern Rockies, and areas along the California coast. "Precipitation is falling across the Pacific Northwest, but dry weather prevails elsewhere," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports cool weather has returned to the Great Lakes region, where frost and freeze advisories are in effect this morning. "Freezes were mostly confined to Wisconsin and Michigan, where late-March freezes are common," USDA explains. However, the cool weather follows an extended period of record-setting warmth, USDA adds. "Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms are affecting portions of the middle Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys," USDA says.

In the South, scattered showers are confined to the western Gulf Coast region, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, very warm, dry weather continues to promote a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development, although drought remains a concern with respect to pastures, winter grains, and emerging summer crops across the lower Southeast," USDA reports.

USDA's outlook says during the second half of the week, a fast-moving disturbance will generate scattered showers across the central and eastern U.S. "Rainfall could exceed an inch in the Great Lakes region and the central Gulf Coast states," USDA elaborates. Meanwhile, USDA says a series of storms will maintain stormy conditions in the Pacific Northwest, where five-day precipitation totals could reach 5 to 10 inches. "Elsewhere, generally dry weather will prevail into early next week across southern Florida and from California to the High Plains," USDA reports. A warm weather pattern will continue to dominate the U.S., except for another surge of cool air across the Great Lakes and Northeastern states, and a turn toward cooler conditions in the West, according to USDA.


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