Wide-ranging weather, temps across the Heartland
January 24, 2020 By Greg Soulje Filed Under: Uncategorized
Across the Corn Belt, dry, breezy conditions are
spreading across the upper Midwest, where a significant snow cover exists.
Meanwhile, central and eastern sections of Corn Belt are experiencing a mix of
rain and wet snow, as well as muddy conditions due to thawing of previously
On the Plains, dry weather and seasonable
temperatures prevail in the wake of a departing storm system. Approximately 12%
of the nation’s winter wheat production area is experiencing drought, according
to the U.S. Drought Monitor, mainly across the southern half of the Plains.
In the South, rain showers are spreading across
areas east of the Mississippi River. Cool, dry weather covers the western Gulf
Coast region, but temperatures have rebounded to above-normal levels in the
Southeast. Runoff from earlier downpours has pushed the Mississippi River at
Natchez, Mississippi, to nearly 4½ feet above flood stage. However, the river
in that location is still almost 5½ feet below the highest level observed last
year: 9.91 feet above flood stage on March 12.
In the West, heavy precipitation has ended across
the Pacific Northwest, but scattered rain and snow showers linger. Isolated
showers extend as far south as northern California and as far east as the
northern Rockies. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather prevails from central and
southern California into the Southwest.
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