Brownfield Ag Weather Today

Idalia will continue to strengthen Tuesday and Tuesday night, possibly becoming a major (Category 3 or higher) hurricane before reaching the Gulf Coast of Florida on Wednesday.  Expected impacts in the southern Atlantic States include 4 to 8 inches of rain, with isolated amounts near 12 inches, and hurricane-force winds (74 mph or greater).  Additionally, an 8- to 12-foot storm surge may occur along and just to the right of where Idalia’s eye crosses the coastline.  Along Florida’s west coast, a 4- to 7-foot surge may occur as far south as Tampa Bay.  Once inland, Idalia will quickly weaken, although tropical storm-related wind and rainfall impacts are expected as far north as the Carolinas.  Idalia could adversely affect a variety of crops, including open boll cotton.  Outside of Idalia’s sphere of influence, most of the country will experience dry weather during the next 5 days, with Hurricane Franklin posing no direct U.S. threat.  A few showers will occur in the West, but dry weather will cover the Plains, Midwest, and mid-South.  Heat will gradually build across the nation’s mid-section, with late-week temperatures expected to reach 100°F as far north as the western Corn Belt. 

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