Wake-Up Weather for February 9, 2009

Published on: 10:05AM Feb 09, 2009
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Midwest Warmth
:  Since Friday, temperatures in much of the Grain Belt have averaged 10-20F above normal.  The very warm weather will last through Tuesday.  Today and tomorrow, Des Moines may reach 60F, while Chicago may get into the low 60’s tomorrow, possibly breaking a record.  Today, the combination of warmth, moisture, and an incoming front may produce severe thunderstorms, especially in western Iowa and northern Missouri.  With heavy rain likely to accompany the storms, the possible flooding from snowmelt will be exacerbated.

Rain Returns to Texas: A vigorous cold front moved across West Texas overnight brining thunderstorms to regions that have not seen significant rainfall since mid-October.  Lubbock received around 0.75”, while Amarillo picked up nearly half an inch.  This will help cattle ranchers to deal with the dwindling water supply, while improving the prospects for wheat.

China Drought:  Another dry week is setting up across the North China.  China National Grain and Oils Information Center says over 25 million acres of crops have been affected.   With a continuation of the drought expected, wheat futures have been rising, as well.

Mato Grosso Weather
: Over the past 30 days, rainfall deficits of over 4” have built up across Mato Grosso, while temperatures remained above normal.  Some areas in the southwestern portion of the state saw heavy rain over the past 3 days, but that has been isolated.

Argentina Update
: On Friday and Saturday, a few thunderstorms moved through the Argentina Grain Belt, but most major soybean areas received less than a tenth of an inch.  A fast moving system may bring a few showers to the region tomorrow afternoon with around a quarter of an inch of rain expected.  Some isolated regions may receive upwards of an inch in any strong thunderstorms.  After this system moves through, the rest of the week should be warm and dry.

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