Cool, Cloudy Weather Slowing Return to Fieldwork in Eastern Corn Belt

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry weather has returned, except for some lingering showers in the Ohio Valley. "However, cool, cloudy weather across the eastern Corn Belt, following recent rainfall, is slowing a return to fieldwork," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA reports precipitation is spreading inland across northern California and the Pacific Northwest, accompanied by cooler conditions. "Across the remainder of the region, warm, dry breezy weather prevails," USDA continues.

On the Plains, USDA says dry weather and warmer conditions are promoting rapid winter wheat development and emergence and growth of newly planted crops, such as spring wheat. "Warmth is especially prominent across the northern High Plains, where today’s high temperatures will top 80°F as far north as Montana," according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports dry weather has returned west of the Mississippi Delta, although pockets of lowland flooding persist in the western Gulf Coast region. "Meanwhile, scattered Southeastern showers are providing beneficial moisture for recently planted summer crops," USDA continues.

In its outlook, USDA says for today, Eastern showers (locally totaling an inch or more in the southern Mid-Atlantic region ) will provide local relief from short-term dryness, while a Pacific storm moving ashore will result in rain and high- elevation snow in northern California and the Northwest. "During the weekend, locally heavy precipitation will develop across southern Texas and spread eastward across the nation’s northern tier," USDA reports. As precipitation shifts eastward, markedly cooler air will overspread the northern and western U.S., USDA continues. "Early next week, a new round of Pacific storminess will arrive across the western U.S., mainly from the Great Basin northward," USDA explains. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 2 inches across the North, except for locally higher amounts in the northern Rockies and northern Intermountain West, USDA details. "In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail from southern California to the southern High Plains," USDA reports.

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