Much-Needed Rain in the South

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, wind-blown snow is blanketing western North Dakota and environs, disrupting travel and increasing livestock stress. Rain is falling farther east, in the Red River Valley of the North. In contrast, mild, breezy weather prevails on the central and southern Plains, where pockets of unfavorable dryness persist.

In the South, much-needed rain has spread as far east as the Tennessee Valley and the Mississippi Delta. Dry weather lingers, however, across the core Southeastern drought area, where some locations last received measurable rain in September, more than two months ago.

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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 rain in the vicinity of a cold front stretches from Michigan into the lower Ohio Valley. Another area of rain is occurring across the far upper Midwest. The rain is replenishing topsoil moisture but disrupting final corn and soybean harvest efforts.

In the West, unsettled, showery conditions stretch from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Basin and Inter-mountain West. Meanwhile, cool, breezy weather prevails from southern California into the Southwest, USDA states.

In its outlook through Dec. 2, USDA says two waves of rain, accompanied by possible severe thunderstorms, will dent the punishing Southeastern drought during the next three days. Event-total rainfall could reach 2 to 5 inches in the core Southeastern drought area, but much lighter rain can be expected in the southern Atlantic region. Significant rain should also occur in most other areas of the eastern U.S., with 1- to 2-inch totals possible in drought areas of the Northeast. Farther west, lingering wind-driven snow will end by mid-week across the north-central U.S., while dry weather will persist on the central Plains. Late in the week, light rain is forecast to develop on the southern Plains. Elsewhere, generally cool conditions will persist in the West, accompanied by spotty rain and snow showers, USDA says.


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