Additional heavy rain in the west contrasted with dry weather in eastern wheat areas.
A slow-moving storm system produced
moderate to heavy rainfall (10-90mm) over the western half of
the region, alleviating short-term drought over central and
western Ukraine but saturating or flooding low-lying fields.
Showers from this system (10-40mm) also spread into southern
Russia, maintaining good to excellent conditions for winter
Meanwhile, sunny skies promoted winter
wheat development across west-central Russia.
first freeze (-7 to -1°C) was reported from Belarus and northern
Ukraine into central Russia, while readings remained above
freezing in primary winter wheat areas located across the south.
(This week we received reliable reports from southern Ukraine of 300m over the previous two weeks so 10-90mm might be conservative.)