USDA: Weather Pattern Turns Active Across Southern Plains

June 17, 2013 03:45 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says an active weather pattern prevails across southern areas of the Plains. A line of thunderstorms, which earlier produced local wind and hail damage, is moving across northeastern Texas and eastern portions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, cool but dry weather favors late-season planting efforts on the northern Plains.

Meanwhile in the West, USDA says warm, mostly dry weather prevails, except for cool conditions along the immediate Pacific Coast. "On Sunday, rain showers occurred over some of the wildfires in the central and southern Rockies, aiding containment efforts. The Black Forest fire, which has destroyed more than 500 structures in El Paso County, Colorado, is approximately two-thirds contained," it states.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool weather covers the northern tier of the region, in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including soybean planting efforts.

In the South, USDA says warm, humid weather accompanies scattered showers. "Although the rain is slowing fieldwork, soil moisture remains mostly adequate for pastures and summer crops," it says.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, showery weather will persist across the nation's southeastern quadrant. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from the Mid-South into the Southeast. Farther west, showers and thunderstorms will linger through Tuesday on the southern Plains, resulting in local drought relief. Late in the week, a developing storm will result in the development of widespread showers from the Northwest into the upper Midwest. Heat will build across the nation's mid-section in advance of the late-week storm. Meanwhile, dry weather will continue through week's end from California to the Four Corners region.


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