USDA: Wet Weather Ahead for Much of the Country

November 4, 2013 02:43 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, rain is returning to portions of central and northeastern Texas. "Elsewhere, dry weather favors late-season winter wheat planting and harvest activities for a variety of summer crops," USDA reports. However, colder air is overspreading the northern and central Plains in the wake of a cold front’s passage, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. "Freeze warnings are in effect early today in a few areas, including east-central Utah and northwestern California," USDA elaborates. Fall fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in Arizona and California, remains active, USDA continues.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mostly dry weather favors corn and late-season soybean harvest activities, despite an increase in cloudiness. "A few rain showers are developing, however, mainly in parts of Iowa and Missouri," USDA reports.

In the South, USDA explains isolated showers are developing across the northwestern fringe of the region, including the Ozark Plateau. "Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting," USDA continues.

In its outlook, USDA says for the second time in a week, a moisture-laden cold front will cross the central and eastern U.S. "This time, the front will be imbued with remnant moisture from former eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Sonia," USDA explains. Rainfall associated with the front should reach 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher amounts, from the eastern Plains to the western slopes of the Appalachians, according to USDA. "Lighter amounts of precipitation can be expected across southern portions of the Rockies and High Plains," USDA explains. Farther north, snow will develop later today across the central Rockies, it adds. "Heavy snow can be expected on Tuesday in Nebraska and environs, and at mid-week in portions of the upper Great Lakes region," USDA details. Elsewhere, periods of showery weather will affect the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, while dry weather will prevail in California and the Great Basin, USDA reports.


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