Rainfall expected to help alleviate dry conditions in the High Plains

Mar 26, 2017

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Over the next couple of weeks, much of the country is expected to see above-average precipitation, a welcome sight for many farmers, particularly those in the fire-ravaged High Plains.

According to Reuters, 38 percent of top wheat producer Kansas’ wheat is rated good or excellent, down from 57 percent a year ago and a drop of 6 percent over the past three weeks due to the warmer-than-normal temperatures, as well as windy and bone-dry conditions across the state, which makes it one area of the High Plains with the most immediate need for abundant rainfall.

The United States will close out March under a particularly active weather pattern as a strong, dominant flow in the upper atmosphere will help spin up and transport several rounds of low-pressure systems across the United States. These storms could be associated with high daily rainfall amounts that could regulate the soil moisture in several spots where it is lacking, particularly in parts of the High Plains.