USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (Jan. 11): Bitter Cold Arrives With New Year

Across the nation’s northern tier, periods of snow and bitterly cold conditions stressed livestock and occasionally hampered rural travel for the week ending Jan. 8.

According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), cold air settled across much of the country, although warmth lingered along the southern Atlantic Coast.

Weekly temperatures broadly averaged at least 10 to 20°F below normal across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, while readings averaged at least 10°F above normal in portions of the southern Atlantic region.

Meanwhile, back-to-back storms delivered snow in the mid-Atlantic; the second system also produced significant accumulations across the interior Southeast.

Locally severe thunderstorms swept across the Deep South and lower Southeast, primarily on Jan. 2-3 and 8-9.

Farther west, unfavorably dry conditions persisted across the southern Plains, and dry weather returned to the Southwest.

Elsewhere, stormy weather prevailed in the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, leading to late-week flooding in the latter region.

Jan. 6 was one of the wettest days on record in parts of the Pacific Northwest, with 5- to 6-inch rainfall totals reported in locations such as Astoria, OR, and Hoquiam, WA.

For the full USDA report for Jan. 11, click here.

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