Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Latest USDA weather update

Volume 101, No. 17, full report available here.

Warm, wet weather in western portions of the region contrasted with mostly sunny skies in the east. 

Moisture associated with a slow-moving storm system over the Black Sea produced showers and thunderstorms (2-25 mm) across Ukraine, Belarus, and southern Russia, with a heavier band of rain (25-70 mm) embedded over central and northwestern Ukraine.

The rainfall improved soil moisture for vegetative winter wheat and conditioned fields for planting of small grains, corn, and sunflowers.

Dry weather across central Russia maintained a rapid pace of fieldwork, including planting of spring grains and summer crops.

A warm southerly flow persisted, allowing daytime highs to push into the lower and middle 20s (degrees C) across much of the region. 

However, colder weather arrived at week’s end, with readings in northern portions of the Southern District reaching -5°C, possibly causing some localized burnback of more advanced winter wheat.