Brownfield Ag Weather Today

Category 4 Hurricane Hilary is expected to reach peak intensity today before weakening and accelerating northward toward southern California.  Regardless of exact location and intensity at landfall late Sunday or early Monday, Hilary has the potential to cause dangerous flash flooding in southern California, southern Nevada, and western Arizona, as some desert locations could receive one year’s worth of rain (3 to 6 inches or more) in just a few hours.  As the remnant core of Hilary moves inland, tropical storm-force winds (39 mph or greater) could cause infrastructural and agricultural damage in southern California and environs, with possible adverse impacts on cotton and citrus.  Farther east, a powerful ridge of high pressure over the nation’s mid-section will lead to multiple days of triple-digit (100-degree) heat across large sections of the Plains, South, and western Corn Belt.  Aside from tropical showers in the West, precipitation will be scarce during the next 5 days, with meaningful rain confined to New England and a few areas along and near the Gulf Coast. 

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