Widespread Showers, Thunderstorms Expected for the Plains and Midwest

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:22 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a large thunderstorm complex is rolling across the upper Midwest. "In recent days, multiple such clusters of storms have provided generally beneficial moisture for corn and soybeans, albeit accompanied by localized wind and hail damage," USDA reports. However, most of the rain has bypassed the lower Great Lakes region, parts of which are still in need of rain to ease crop stress during corn and soybean reproduction, according to USDA.

 

In the West, USDA reports unusually cool weather prevails. In fact, frost advisories are in effect early today in parts of the northern Great Basin and the Klamath River Basin. "Dry weather covers most areas, although a few showers linger across the northern Rockies," USDA continues.

On the Plains, USDA reports significant rain from Montana into the Dakotas is maintaining generally favorable growing conditions for spring wheat and other spring-sown crops. "In contrast, hot weather persists on the southern High Plains, where afternoon temperatures have regularly topped 100°F nearly every day since July 4," USDA details.

In the South, USDA says warm weather accompanies widely scattered showers. Despite a few showers in recent days, drought remains deeply entrenched from northern and central Mississippi into the southern Appalachians, USDA elaborates.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, widespread showers and thunderstorms will gradually push southeastward across Plains and Midwest, eventually reaching the mid-South and interior Southeast. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the aforementioned regions, with some 3- to 5-inch amounts possible in the middle Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys," according to USDA. Some of the rain (locally 1 to 3 inches) will also spread across the central Appalachians and the Mid-Atlantic States, USDA adds. "In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail from California to Texas," USDA adds. Building heat will accompany the Southwestern dryness, while cool conditions will persist in the Northwest and spread across the northern and central Plains and the Midwest, it continues.


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