The Weather Front On-Line (March 2010)

Temperatures to approach early Summer-like levels...

It’s just what the “Weather Doctor” ordered:  a windy, warm and dry spell of weather which continues through Friday.


Big improvement to March weather underway...

March broke the cold trend with a statewide average temperature of 42.8 degrees, 2.4 degrees above normal.

While overall fields are wet, some producers are beginning to apply anhydrous where it is dry enough. In other places, producers are still busy moving grain and preparing equipment.

Topsoil moisture was rated 45 percent adequate and 55 percent surplus.

Winter wheat conditions stand at 5 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.


Sunny & warmer...

The flow around the backside of high pressure will prevail across central Illinois through the work week.

Steady south winds by Wednesday, along with abundant sunshine, will help to push high temperatures into the 70s, with a few readings around 80 degrees over the south and west Friday afternoon.

Dry weather to start the Easter Holiday Weekend may yield to a few rain showers by Sunday. 

 


An active pattern continues...

Early in the week, showery weather will gradually subside in the Southeast, while heavy rain will spread into the Northeast.

By mid-week, a new storm will take shape over the south-central U.S., where another late-season snowfall can be expected across the southern half of the Rockies and adjacent High Plains.


Floods are a deadly...

Floods occur nationwide and are the deadliest weather related killer in the United States.

From river flooding, to urban flooding to flash flooding, flooding can be life-threatening, so you need to keep informed of developing flood situations and be prepared to take quick action to avoid danger.

Here are some terms to inform you of the flood threat:

A Flood Watch or Flash Flood Watch indicates that conditions are favorable for flooding to develop.


Rain, colder weather to return late this weekend...

Showers will diminish across the Southeast by Thursday, although cool conditions will persist through week’s end.

Meanwhile, a developing storm system will reach the northern Rockies on Thursday and areas from the central Rockies into the upper Midwest on Friday. Late-season snow can be expected from the central Plains into the upper Midwest, while rain will fall farther south and east. Storm-total precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches from the east-central Plains into parts of the Midwest.


Sunshine, seasonal warmth on the increase...

Much of the country will experience a relatively quiet week of weather. During the early- to mid-week period, showers will gradually shift from southern portions of the Rockies and Plains into Florida. Elsewhere, precipitation will be mostly confined to the Pacific Northwest.

Late in the week, however, a new storm system will produce rain and snow across parts of the Rockies, Plains, and the upper Midwest. Until that storm develops, cooler-than-normal conditions will be mostly confined to the South.


Better weather ahead in the new week...

A complex and sprawling storm system will continue to influence weather conditions across much of the eastern half of the U.S. into the weekend. Additional precipitation will be heaviest from the northern Mid-Atlantic region into southern New England, where as much as 3 to 5 inches of rain will cause flooding.

Meanwhile, dry weather will return to the Plains, while precipitation will spread farther inland across the West. Precipitation currently over the Northwest will reach the Intermountain West on Saturday and the central and southern Rockies on Sunday.


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