USDA: Wet Conditions Persist in the Eastern Corn Belt

July 2, 2013 03:50 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, showery, unsettled conditions persist from the middle Mississippi Valley into the lower Great Lakes region. "The wet weather is slowing or halting the soft red winter wheat harvest but generally benefiting corn and soybeans," USDA reports. Meanwhile, mild, favorably dry weather prevails in the upper Midwest, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports cooler, more humid conditions and scattered shower s are aiding wildfire containment efforts in the southern Rockies and the Southwest. "The hottest weather, relative to normal, is shifting into the Northwest, where today’s temperatures could be 20°F or more above average and will peak well above 100°F as far north as eastern Washington," according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA reports dry weather favors winter wheat maturation and ha rvesting. "However, cool conditions across the central and southern Plains contrast with hot weather on the northern High Plains, where heat is promoting the development of spring-sown crops," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says a flood watch remains in effect for many locations from the southern Appalachians to the middle and southern Atlantic Coast. "Currently, locally heavy showers and thunderstorms are spreading northward through the Atlantic Coast states, halting fieldwork but maintaining abundant moisture reserves for pastures and summer crops," USDA details.

In its outlook, USDA says soggy conditions will persist across the eastern U.S. during the next several days, maintaining the possibility of flash flooding. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from the central and southern Appalachians eastward to the Atlantic Seaboard, while 3- to 6-inch amounts may occur in the central and eastern Gulf Coast regions," USDA explains. Meanwhile, extreme heat will gradually diminish across the West, accompanied by an increase in monsoon showers, according to USDA. "Hot weather will return across much of the nation’s mid-section by week’s end," USDA continues.

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