USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (Sept. 15): The Plains, Rockies, and Upper Midwest Get Record Lows, While Temps Stay Above Normal in the West and Southeast

The week ending Sept. 12 offered a study in weather contrasts, according to the latest Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Temperatures averaged at least 5°F above normal along and near the Pacific Coast, where dozens of dangerous and deadly wildfires scorched at least 100,000 acres in California, Oregon, and Washington, while an early-season cold snap set record lows -- ranging from 10 to 15°F below normal -- across the Plains, Rockies and upper Midwest.

Heavy rain and high-elevation snow accompanied the cold, slowing field work but benefiting drought-stricken range land, pastures, and immature summer crops.

Precipitation elsewhere caused local flooding, however, in the mid-Atlantic coastal plain and in portions of Texas.

Hot and humid weather also lingered from the Ohio Valley southward.

For the complete USDA report, click here.

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