Cooler weather returned, accompanied by widespread rain and snow in western and southern portions of the region.
After last week’s warmth, near- to below-normal
temperatures (up to 4°C below normal) ensured winter
crops remained dormant and resistant to freeze injury across
all but southern-most growing areas.
average temperatures were below 5°C even in southern
Ukraine and the Southern District — save for the immediate
Black Sea Coast — indicating southern winter wheat was
easing toward dormancy.
A fresh snowfall blanketed winter
crop areas early in the period, though somewhat warmer
conditions during the latter half of the week eroded the
snow depth and coverage; at week’s end, snow was shallow
(2-10 cm) and mostly confined to central and northern
Early-week rain and snow (10-50 mm, liquid
equivalent) over the southern half of the region hampered
late corn harvesting in Ukraine but maintained abundant
moisture reserves for winter crops.