USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (Jan. 5): Consequential Precipitation Continues to Miss Much of the West

In the Pacific Northwest and eastern half of the country, stormy weather punctuated the end of 2020, with significant snow falling from the southern Plains into the Corn Belt.

According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a separate area of heavy rain drenched portions of the southern Atlantic States, hampering final harvest efforts for the week ending Jan. 2.

The Jan. 5 report also featured a soaking rain of 2 inches or more from eastern Texas into parts of the Ohio Valley, while only light precipitation affected the High Plains and far upper Midwest.

In the West, meanwhile, the only consequential precipitation was limited to the Pacific Northwest.

For the second week in a row, near- or above-normal temperatures dominated most of the country, although cooler-than-normal conditions were common across the central Rockies, Intermountain West, and Southwest.

The most dramatic week-over-week change occurred in the Southeast, where cool weather was replaced by temperatures averaging as much as 10°F above normal.

For the full USDA report, click here.

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