Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails in the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, showery weather is maintaining wet conditions in the eastern Corn Belt, where some lowland flooding continues.
On the Plains, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. Drought remains a significant problem on the central and southern High Plains. On March 13, USDA/NASS rated more than half (56%) of Texas’ winter wheat in very poor to poor condition, along with 40% of the crop in Kansas and 39% in Oklahoma.
In the South, showers and thunderstorms are spreading across the southern Appalachians into the southern Atlantic States. Spring fieldwork, including corn planting, is proceeding as conditions permit.
In the West, a wet weather pattern continues across northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Northwestern winter wheat is breaking dormancy; in Washington, USDA/NASS rated more than three-quarters (76%) of the rain-fed wheat in good to excellent condition on March 13. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors spring fieldwork from southern California into the Southwest.
A storm system centered over the Ohio Valley will drift northeastward, reaching the northern Atlantic Coast on Wednesday.
An active weather pattern will prevail for the remainder of the week across the nation’s northern tier. Precipitation will be especially heavy in the Pacific Northwest, where totals could reach 2 to 6 inches.
During the weekend, much-needed precipitation may develop across the central and southern Plains. Prior to the potential rain, however, late-week temperatures will approach or reach 90° in the south-central U.S.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the western one-third of the U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail from the central and southern Plains to the East Coast. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across most of the nation will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the south-central U.S. and the southern Atlantic region.