Showers Return to Upper Midwest

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:20 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility (JAWF) says warm, mostly dry conditions are nearly ideal for helping to dry out wet fields and for corn and soybean maturation, but a few showers have returned to the Upper Midwest.

On the Plains, warm and mostly dry weather is promoting a variety of activities, including winter wheat planting. Conditions also favor summer crop maturation and the emergence of recently planted winter wheat.

In the South, the interaction between a cold front and remnant moisture from former Tropical Storm Julia is resulting in locally heavy showers in the southern Mid-Atlatnic region. "Showers extend southward into Florida," it states. "West of the Appalachians, however, warm and dry weather favors crop maturation and harvesting."

In the West, coo weather and isolated showers are limited to the Pacific Northwest. "Elsewhere, warm and dry weather is providing favorable conditions for summer crop maturation and harvesting," it states.

In its outlook for early in the week, JAWF says rain in the vicinity of a cold front will continue to be enhanced by remnants of Julia, resulting in additional rainfall totals of 1 to 4 inches along the Atlantic Seaboard from Florida to southern New England. "Meanwhile, the remnants of eastern Pacific Hurricane Paine should contribute to heavy showers (locally an inch or more) in the Southwest, starting on Tuesday," it states. "Some of the Pacific tropical moisture will interact with a storm system arriving across the Northwest, leading to mid- to late-week precipitation totals that could reach 1 to 4 inches across northern sections of the Rockies, High Plains and Intermountain West. Briefly heavy rain could also fall around midweek across the Upper Midwest. Elsewhere, markedly cooler weather will arrive later in the week across the West, but late-season warmth will continue in the central and eastern United States."


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