Warm, Mostly Dry Weather Expected for Plains and Upper Midwest

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool weather is slowing evaporation rates and limiting a return to widespread fieldwork, following recent rainfall. "In addition, rain is still falling across much of the eastern Corn Belt," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA reports generally warm mostly dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development in advance of an approaching storm system. "A few showers are starting to overspread the Pacific Northwest," USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA says dry weather accompanies a rapid warming trend. "Very warm conditions have already arrived across the northern High Plains, where today’s high temperatures should range from 80 to 90°F," USDA details. The northern Plains’ warmth is promoting fieldwork, winter wheat development, and the emergence of spring-sown crops, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports showers and thunderstorms linger along the southern Atlantic Coast. "Currently, the heaviest rain is falling across Florida’s peninsula," USDA continues. Meanwhile, cool but favorably dry weather prevails across the mid-South and environs, following a wet spell that left many fields wet and some lowland areas flooded, USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, two slow-moving storms—one over the East and one over the West—will maintain cool, unsettled, showery weather. The storms, which will become largely cut off from atmospheric steering currents, could lead to 1 to 3 inches of additional rainfall in the middle and northern Atlantic States and across Florida’s peninsula; and 1 to 4 inches of precipitation from the Sierra Nevada to the northern Intermountain West, USDA continues. "In contrast, warm, mostly dry weather will prevail across the Plains and upper Midwest, although showers will begin to overspread both regions toward week’s end," USDA explains. In addition, record-setting warmth will return across the Pacific Northwest late in the week, USDA adds.

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