Scattered showers forecast across Delta, US
Around a 50 percent chance for rain is forecast in the North Delta today. Clearing skies should return by Thursday and daytime temperatures will remain in the lower 60°s(F). Soggy conditions have been reported on fields in and around the Mississippi River as an overflow of water has flooded some areas. An extended period of dry weather will be needed for fields to dry enough for preparations of spring plantings. Scattered showers are also forecast for the Mississippi Delta today. Growers have been contemplating cotton acreage for this year. Plantings could be delayed due to a wet winter and recent rain events over the past few weeks. A better assessment of planted acreage will come when USDA releases their US Planting Intentions survey on March 29.
Modest rain chances, around 20 percent, are forecast in North Alabama today. Elsewhere across the state, dry, seasonable weather is expected over the remainder of the week. Sun and temperatures reaching into the mid to upper 60°s will dominate this week across Georgia and South Carolina. Field preparations for plantings are underway, as growers have started plowing fields that were not harvested last year due to an abundance of wet weather.
Slightly cooler weather has entered West Texas today with daytime highs projected in the mid to upper 50°s, about 10°s cooler than earlier in the week. Rain chances increase tomorrow in and around Lubbock and last through Friday. The rainfall would be welcome across the region where soil moisture levels are reported between abnormally dry to moderate drought. Early indications show that cotton acreage across the largest growing region in the US could increase this year.
In Far West Texas and East Texas, rain is forecast late in the week. Scattered showers are expected to return to the Coastal Bend region over the weekend, which would delay field work. In South Texas, wet weather is forecast over the next several days. Daytime temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 70°s, which will help raise soil temperatures to optimal levels for plantings.