Rain Develops in South-Central U.S.

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:20 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, much-needed rain is developing across the south-central U.S., aiding drought-stressed rangeland, pastures and winter wheat. However, dry pockets persist on the central High Plains. Meanwhile, record-setting warmth across the northern Plains is promoting winter wheat establishment.

In the South, USDA reports dry weather accompanies record-setting warmth. The southern Mid-Atlantic region continues to recover from the hurricane-related flooding that occurred nearly a month ago, but most of the remainder of the South continues to experience a serious and intensifying autumn drought that has left pastures brown and dormant and has hampered the emergence of fall-sown crops.


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

In the Corn Belt, showers in the wake of a cold front’s passage linger in the Ohio Valley and upper Great Lakes region. Across the upper Midwest, mild, dry weather favors corn and soybean harvest efforts, USDA says.

In the West, USDA states widely scattered showers dot Arizona and New Mexico. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork. Courtesy of abundant autumn precipitation, Washington’s winter wheat was rated 89% in good to excellent condition on Oct. 30 — forty percentage points better than the same time a year ago.

In its outlook through Nov. 7, USDA says a cold front will push eastward, clearing the Atlantic Coast (except Florida’s peninsula ) by Friday, but the tail of the front will stall across the Deep South. Specifically, a multi-day rain event could result in 1- to 4-inch totals from eastern Arizona to Texas, providing significant relief from short-term dryness. Most of the remainder of the U.S., except the Pacific Northwest, will receive little or no precipitation during the next five days. In addition, late-season warmth will continue to dominate the country, except for cool conditions along the Atlantic Seaboard. In particular, record-setting warmth can be expected across the northern Plains and upper Midwest.



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