USDA: Warmth to Expand over the Weekend

October 12, 2012 03:20 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a broken line of showers and thunderstorms from eastern New Mexico to southeastern Kansas is slowing fieldwork but benefiting rangeland, pastures and recently planted winter wheat. "Meanwhile, extremely dry conditions are hampering winter wheat emergence across the northwestern half of the Plains," USDA explains. In addition, warm weather is returning to the northern High Plains, where today's high temperatures will approach 80°F, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says rain and high-elevation snow showers are aiding rangeland and pastures in the Great Basin and the Four Corners States. "In contrast, unfavorably dry conditions persist across the interior Northwest, although rain associated with a cold front is beginning to overspread the Pacific Northwest," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather is promoting harvest activities, especially across the upper Midwest, according to USDA. "A few readings below 20°F were noted this morning in the northwestern Corn Belt," USDA elaborates. Winter wheat planting remains slightly behind schedule in the Ohio Valley in the wake of recent rainfall. For example, wheat planting was 19% complete in Ohio by Oct. 7, compared to the five-year average of 32%, USDA reports.

In the South, USDA says showers and thunderstorms are developing in parts of Tennessee and across the Ozark Plateau. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors harvest activities and other autumn fieldwork," USDA reports.

USDA's outlook says during the weekend, warmth will quickly expand to cover much of the nation. "Early next week, however, cool conditions will return to the eastern one-third of the U.S.," USDA reports. Meanwhile, a developing storm over the Southwest will drift northeastward, reaching the Great Lakes region during the weekend, USDA explains. "Precipitation will be heaviest from the central and southern Plains into the Great Lakes states, where 1- to 3-inch rainfall totals can be expected," USDA reports. Additional precipitation could reach an inch in the Southwest before precipitation ends on Saturday, USDA adds. Elsewhere, unfavorably dry conditions will persist on the northern Plains, but much-needed precipitation will begin to overspread the Northwest, according to USDA.


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