Desperately Needed Rains Developed in Southeast Overnight

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, widespread snow showers accompany gusty winds across the Dakotas and eastern Montana. Colder air is arriving across the High Plains, but warmth lingers on the eastern Plains. On Nov. 27, topsoil moisture was rated more than half very short to short in Colorado (60%) and Oklahoma (55%) and ranged from 61% to 80% very short to short across the western one-third of Kansas.

In the South, desperately needed rain developed overnight across the southern Appalachians, where a final flurry of wind-driven wildfires caused extensive damage and numerous evacuations in and near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Meanwhile in Tuscaloosa, Ala, where 1.45 inches of rain fell on Monday, a record-setting streak with out measurable precipitation ended at 71 days (Sept. 18 – Nov. 27) .

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Satellite image with enhanced low cloud-top temperatures for 6:45 a.m. EST (NOAA)

In the Corn Belt, USDA says dry weather prevails, except for lingering rain and snow showers in the Dakotas. Harvest activities were complete in most Midwestern areas prior to Thanksgiving; however, Michigan’s harvest progress on Nov. 27 stood at 94% complete for soybeans and 88% complete for corn.

In the West, generally cool, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork. On Nov. 27, the cotton harvest was 90% complete in California and 72% complete in Arizona.

In its five-day outlook through Dec. 3, USDA says for the remainder of today, rain showers will shift from the Southeast into the Northeast. Accumulating snow can be expected in northern New England. For tonight and Wednesday, a second round of rain will spread across the Southeast, providing much-needed drought relief and aiding wildfire containment efforts. In addition to what has already fallen, Southeastern rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches or more across the core drought areas. Toward week’s end, additional rainfall—possibly heavy—should spread across the South. Elsewhere, snow showers will end by mid-week across the north-central U.S., while generally cool, dry weather will prevail from the West Coast to the High Plains—except for occasional showers in the Pacific Northwest, USDA states.


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