Weather report: Freeze warnings on the southern Plains

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

In the West, temperatures have rebounded to above-normal levels in the Pacific Coast States, but cool conditions persist in the Rockies and the Intermountain region. Throughout the West, dry weather favors fieldwork. In California, for example, 60% of the cotton and 10% of the rice was planted by April 21, ahead of the respective 5-year averages of 53 and 4%.

On the Plains, freeze warnings are in effect this morning across much of Kansas, Oklahoma, northern Texas, and eastern New Mexico. In fact, readings fell below 20°F as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle, further threatening the southern Plains’ already drought- and freeze-damaged winter wheat crop. By April 21, wheat was 34% headed in Texas and 5% headed in Oklahoma. Meanwhile, wheat was 86% jointed in Oklahoma and 43% jointed in Kansas.

In the Corn Belt, widespread lowland flooding continues from the middle Mississippi Valley into parts of the Great Lakes region. In Illinois, the Illinois River at Peoria crested on Tuesday at 11.35 feet above flood stage, edging the May 1943 high-water mark by more than 6 inches. A band of rain has moved east of the hardest-hit flood areas, and currently stretches from the lower Great Lakes region into the lower Ohio Valley.

In the South, rain in the lower Mississippi Valley and environs separates mild, dry weather in the Atlantic Coast States from cool, breezy conditions farther west. Outlook: A cold front currently stretching from the lower Great Lakes region to the central Gulf Coast will drift eastward and weaken. Showers associated with the front will move east of the Atlantic Seaboard by Thursday. In the front’s wake, snow showers will linger across the north-central U.S. Late in the week, rain will return to the Southeast, with 1 to 2 inches expected in some areas. Much of the U.S., excluding the Southeast, will experience a warming trend during the next several days. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for April 29 – May 3 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures and precipitation across the majority of the U.S. Cooler-than-normal conditions will be limited to Texas, the southern Atlantic region, and the nation’s northern tier from Washington to North Dakota, while drier-than-normal weather will be limited to an area stretching from California to the central Plains


Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...


Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


Quickveyor

Made of high quality 304 stainless steel, the Quickveyor is one of the strongest trailers on the market. It’s belt ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form