Heat to Move into the Corn Belt

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:22 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. "This morning’s low temperatures fell to near 40°F in parts of the upper Midwest. The dry weather favors late-season planting," USDA details.

In the West, USDA reports heat continues to favor a rapid crop development pace. "In Idaho, 59% of the winter wheat had headed by June 5, compared to the five-year average of 31%," USDA details.

On the Plains, USDA says dry weather is promoting fieldwork. "However, cool conditions across the eastern Plains contrast with building heat on the High Plains," USDA details. Today’s high temperatures will top 90°F as far north as Montana, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports Tropical Storm Colin’s overnight passage across northern Florida resulted in locally heavy rain and gusty winds, but minimal damage. "At 8 a.m., Colin was centered about 45 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina, racing toward the northeast at 33 mph. Currently, showers associated with Colin linger in the southern Atlantic States," USDA explains. Elsewhere in the South, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development, USDA continues.

In its outlook, USDA says for today, Tropical Storm Colin will accelerate northeastward, away from the U.S. mainland. "Showers will linger for several days, however, across Florida’s peninsula, where additional rainfall could reach 2 to 4 inches," USDA details. Across the remainder of the U.S., USDA explains a tranquil weather pattern will become more active during the second half of the week. For example, late-week showers and thunderstorms will develop across the northern and eastern Corn Belt, where some locations could receive rainfall totaling an inch or more, according to USDA. At the same time, showers will develop in the Northwest and from the Four Corners region to the northern High Plains, USDA adds. "In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail in California, the Great Basin, and from the central and southern Plains into the Southeast," USDA explains. As the week progresses, markedly cooler air will arrive in the Pacific Coast States, while heat will expand across the Plains, southern and western Corn Belt, mid-South and Southeast, USDA continues. Late-week temperatures could approach or reach 100°F as far north as the upper Midwest, USDA details.


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