[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Wednesday - March 3, 2021

<font face="verdana">[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Wednesday - March 3, 2021<br></font><br><div align="center"><img src="https://download.qtmarketcenter.com/jay/USDAWxMar03.JPG"><br></div><font face="verdana"><br>-- In the West, cloudiness is increasing across California.&nbsp; However, dry weather prevails throughout the western U.S.&nbsp;&nbsp; Gusty winds and low humidity levels have developed in parts of the Southwest, leading to an elevated wildfire threat.<br><br>-- On the Plains, warm weather is coaxing winter wheat out of dormancy in southern production areas.&nbsp; Today's high temperatures should exceed 70 deg F in much of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.&nbsp; According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, drought currently covers nearly one-third (32%) of the U.S. winter wheat production area, including more than 90% of the wheat-growing region in Colorado, Nebraska, and South Dakota.<br><br>-- In the Corn Belt, lingering cool weather in the upper Great Lakes region contrasts with mild conditions across the remainder of the Midwest.&nbsp; Today's high temperatures could reach or exceed 65 deg F in the lower Missouri Valley.&nbsp; Rivers continue to run high in parts of the Ohio Valley; in fact, the Ohio River at Ashland, Kentucky, has risen nearly 6 feet above flood stage to its highest level since March 1997.<br><br>-- In the South, moderate to major flooding continues in parts of the Kentucky River basin, although water levels along&nbsp; most tributaries have crested and begun to recede.&nbsp; Mostly minor lowland flooding lingers across a much broader area, stretching from northeastern Texas to the central Appalachians.&nbsp; Early today, lingering rain is confined to the southern Atlantic region.&nbsp; Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails.<br><br></font><div><font face="verdana">Outlook:&nbsp; As rain ends later today along the southern Atlantic Coast, the focus for active weather will turn to the Southwest.&nbsp; A storm system should cross southern California tonight and the Southwest on Thursday.&nbsp; The system will traverse the central and southern Plains on Friday and Florida's peninsula on Saturday.&nbsp; Despite having limited access to deep moisture for much of its life cycle, the storm should produce some snow in higher elevations of southern California and the Four Corners States.&nbsp; Storm-total rainfall could reach an inch or more in scattered locations from Kansas and Oklahoma to Florida.&nbsp; Meanwhile, little or no precipitation will fall during the next 5 days across the northern Plains and Midwest.&nbsp; Dry weather will also prevail across still-soggy sections of the interior Southeast.&nbsp; Elsewhere, late-week precipitation will push ashore in the Northwest, with significant totals limited to areas along and near the northern Pacific Coast.&nbsp; The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for March 8 - 12 calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures across the eastern one-half of the U.S., while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail in the West.&nbsp; Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across most of the country, including the Plains, Midwest, and West, should contrast with drier-than-normal weather along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.</font></div><div><font face="verdana"><br></font></div><div><font face="verdana">LJ<br></font></div>