Warmer, wetter weather expanded over the region following a brief cold snap at the end of March.
A warm, southerly
flow prevailed for much of the week, with temperatures
averaging 2 to 6°C above normal from Belarus and western
Ukraine into central Russia.
The return of warmer weather
allowed winter grains to resume adding vegetative growth,
particularly from southern Ukraine into Russia’s Southern
and North Caucasus Districts.
In addition, widespread light
to moderate rain (2-35 mm) in these southern areas sustained
good to excellent soil moisture for crop growth, though
winter wheat areas in central and southern Ukraine continued
to exhibit poor vegetation health (as depicted in satellite
imagery) due to a severe autumn drought.
and late-week snow (10-50 mm liquid equivalent) sustained
abundant moisture reserves for spring growth from Belarus
into Russia’s Volga District.
At week’s end, a cold front
ushered cooler weather back into the region, though there
were no concerns for a damaging hard freeze.