Cold Weather Still Limiting Midwest Fieldwork

Posted on 04/19/2018 10:22 AM

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cold weather continues to limit fieldwork. “In addition, snow remains on the ground across much of the northern Corn Belt, following multiple spring storms. Early today, light snow is falling in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, including Ohio,” USDA details. 

On the Plains, USDA reports cool, dry weather prevails. “Snow has largely melted on the northern High Plains, but some snow remains on the ground in the Dakotas and northeastern Nebraska,” USDA continues. Meanwhile on the southern High Plains, wildfires—which have destroyed well over 100 structures—are in various stages of containment, the department elaborates. 

In the West, USDA says some light precipitation is developing across the Great Basin and environs. In addition, a few rain showers are spreading ashore in southern California, it continues. Crop development and fieldwork activities remain sluggish in California due to a cool, damp spring; the state’s winter wheat was only 5% headed by April 15, compared to the 5-year average of 61%, the department elaborates. 

In the South, USDA reports cool, breezy weather favors planting activities and other spring fieldwork in areas that have dried sufficiently, following recent rainfall. “However, unfavorably dry conditions linger in a few areas, mainly along and near the southern Atlantic Coast,” USDA explains. 

Looking ahead, USDA reports a storm system centered over the southern Great Basin will cross the southern Plains during the weekend and reach the Southeast early next week. “The storm will produce heavy snow in the central Rockies on Friday, and could result in 0.5- to 1.5-inch weekend rainfall totals across portions of the southern Plains,” USDA explains. In the Southeast, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms can be expected early next week, with some areas receiving 2 to 4 inches of rain, according to the department. “Meanwhile in the West, warmer, mostly dry weather will trail the departing storm system,” USDA adds. Elsewhere, favorably dry weather should prevail during the next five days across the Midwest, accompanied by slowly moderating temperatures, according to USDA. 

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