Dry, Windy Weather Continues for Winter Wheat Country

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, breezy weather prevails across the northern half of the region, accompanied by isolated showers. "Farther south, an extreme risk of wildfires exists today across portions of the central and southern Plains due to the combination of developing drought and warm, dry, windy weather," USDA details.

In the West, USDA reports rain and snow showers are limited to the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. "Meanwhile, warm, dry weather in California and the Southwest continues to promote fieldwork and crop growth," USDA details.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels in the middle Missouri Valley. "Cold weather lingers, however, in the central and eastern Corn Belt," it adds, detailing, "A few readings below 10°F were noted this morning in northern Lower Michigan."

In the South, USDA reports dry weather favors fieldwork. "However, cool weather in the Southeast contrasts with a return to mild conditions in the western Gulf Coast region," it continues.

In its outlook, USDA says freezes can be expected again on Wednesday morning as far south as the Mid-Atlantic States. "However, calm conditions on April 6 will lead to a much greater variety of temperatures than those observed early today, when it was windy," USDA explains. Meanwhile, a developing storm system over the nation’s midsection will move eastward, crossing the Great Lakes region at midweek and reaching northern New England by Thursday night, it continues. "Widespread rain will precede and accompany the storm, with totals in excess of an inch expected in parts of the Midwest and Appalachians. Some 1- to 3-inch totals can be expected in the Northeast. Another blast of cold air and snow showers will trail the storm across the Midwest and Northeast, with additional freezes expected during the weekend — possibly as far south as the interior Southeast," according to USDA. In contrast, it reports record-setting warmth will develop and spread from the Northwest to the northern High Plains. "Elsewhere, cloudiness will increase by mid-week across California and the Southwest, followed by scattered rain showers," USDA continues. However, most rainfall totals will be an inch or less, it adds.


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