Strong Thunderstorms Erupt in the Southwest Corn Belt

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, warmth lingers across the lower Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys, but cooler air has arrived elsewhere. "Some strong thunderstorms are erupting across the southwestern Corn Belt," USDA adds. Among the major production states, Missouri led the nation on April 24 with 81% of its intended corn acreage planted, USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA reports a significant, late-season snow storm continues across the northern Intermountain region, particularly in Wyoming. "Cool weather dominates the West, although dry weather in California and the Desert Southwest favors fieldwork. On April 24, California led the U.S. with 80% of its cotton planted," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says warmth lingers from Kansas to Texas. "Unusually cool weather covers the remainder of the nation’s mid-section," USDA explains. A chilly rain continues to slow fieldwork but boost soil moisture across the northern Plains, while some wet snow is falling in the Black Hills of South Dakota, according to USDA. Meanwhile, a few strong thunderstorms are breaking out across the central Plains, it continues.

In the South, USDA reports warm, dry weather favors a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop growth.

In its outlook, USDA says a significant risk of severe thunderstorm activity exists today on the Plains from Nebraska to Texas. "By Wednesday, the severe weather threat will shift eastward into the middle and lower Mississippi Valley," USDA reports. A new storm system will develop across the south-central U.S. late in the week, leading to additional severe weather and heavy rain, it continues. "Five-day rainfall totals from the two stor ms could reach 4 to 8 inches in parts of the mid-South, including the Arklatex region; 2 to 4 inches from the central Plains into the lower Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys; and 1 to 2 inches in the Mid-Atlantic region, the central Rockies, and the Intermountain West," USDA elaborates. Some of the Western precipitation will fall as heavy, wet snow, it adds. "Cool air will continue to encroach from the northern and western U.S., leaving only a small area of mid- to late-week warmth across the South. Late in the week, however, warmth will return to the Far West," USDA explains.


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