Warm, Dry Weather Encouraging Planting in Much of the Midwest

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, rain showers are limited to western sections of the region, including the middle Missouri Valley. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, such as corn planting," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA reports dry weather and record-setting high temperatures are building eastward from the Pacific Coast States. "In contrast, very cool weather prevails from the Four Corners States into Wyoming. Parts of the central Rockies received at least 2 to 3 feet of snow in the last few days," USDA continues.

On the Plains, USDA says rain showers continue to gradually shift eastward and northward, and currently stretch from the Dakotas to eastern sections of Oklahoma and Texas. "Meanwhile, snow has ended across the central High Plains," USDA adds. Locally heavy weekend rainfall reduced dryness-related concerns in many areas, although precipitation largely bypassed western Texas, USDA explains.

In the South, USDA reports torrential rains are causing severe flash flooding in parts of south-central and southeastern Texas, including the Houston area. "Overnight rainfall totaled 6 to 16 inches in some locations, with heavy showers continuing," USDA elaborates. In contrast, warm, dry weather in the Southeast is promoting fieldwork and crop development, USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says the threat for heavy rain (locally 6 inches or more) and flash flooding will persist today in the western Gulf Coast region. "Thereafter, showers will shift into the Mississippi Valley and eventually the eastern U.S., with a diminishing flood threat (and totals mostly less than 2 inches) east of the Mississippi River," USDA details. Meanwhile, it reports another round of snow can be expected later today in portions of the central and southern Rockies. "In contrast, warmth will continue to spread eastward from the Far West, reaching the Plains by week’s end," USDA continues. Late in the week, scattered showers will return to the Pacific Coast States, according to USDA.


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