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Tallying up early spring rainfall

Precipitation so far this March has varied widely in many of the major crop regions of the U.S. In the Plains wettest areas for March include sections of central and northern North Dakota, northeastern and parts of east-central Montana, northeastern Colorado, far northwestern KS, parts of far southwestern and far north-central Nebraska and parts of far south-central South Dakota.

March precip so far in these areas has been near to above normal, with a few locations reporting more than twice the normal amounts. At the other extreme a larger portion of the Plains has had below normal precip this month, with locations in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas reporting less than 25% of normal precip for March.

In the Midwest wettest areas this month include sections of southern Minnesota, southern Wisconsin, northern into eastern Iowa, sections of central into eastern Missouri, parts of northern, western and southern Illinois, southern Indiana, Kentucky, and southwestern Ohio. Precip in many of these areas has averaged above normal for March. Drier areas of the Midwest include parts of eastern Nebraska, northeastern Kansas, far northwestern Missouri, southwestern Iowa, part of far southeastern Missouri, far southern Illinois and far western Kentucky, sections of east-central Illinois into central and northern Indiana, southern Michigan and parts of northern into eastern Ohio.

In the Delta wettest areas have been parts of southeastern Arkansas and parts of central into northern Mississippi, while many other areas have below normal precip.

In the Southeast wettest areas have been in parts of northeastern Florida, southern into eastern Georgia, and southern South Carolina. Most other areas have had below normal amounts. With only a few days left in March there will be more precip chances in most of these areas through the weekend. In the Midwest some 0.10-0.50" amounts are forecast in most areas, with some 0.50-1.00" amounts in the south.

In the Delta 0.50- 2.00" amounts are forecast, while the Southeast amounts will range from 0.50-2.00" in the northwest to 0.10-0.50" in the south and east. In the Plains 0.10-0.50" amounts will be common, with some lighter amounts in the northwest and far southwest, and some heavier in the southeast.

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