There has been some noticeably extreme weather patterns all over the U.S. the past two weeks and according to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey weather patterns occurring right now show no signs of breaking down in the next few weeks.
"All of the extremes that we've been experiencing in the United States from flooding, to fires, to tornados and everything in between there's really no sign of that pattern changing all the way through the rest of April and probably into early May," Rippey said.
Rippey says if you are having too much of something you're probably going keep seeing too much of it. He says there is likely to be extreme weather in all parts of the country.
"Not every day, but fairly frequently we will be seeing severe weather outbreaks from the Southeastern Plains into parts of the Midwest and also across the South," Rippey said. "Fire weather will be a big issue in Arizona and especially in New Mexico and West Texas perhaps spreading a little bit to the north into western Kansas and Oklahoma. We'll also see this very extreme temperature contrast where we are seeing a very late arriving spring across the North all the way from the Northwest into the Midwest. At the same time we'll see periods of extreme heat, temperatures in the 90s to even low 100s across the Deep South."
According to Rippey the Midwest will bear the brunt of a series of wet storms during the next two weeks, with two significant storms moving through this week.
"Those two storms combined could leave anywhere from three to five inches of additional moisture from the Ozark Plateau stretching on to the northeast into the Ohio Valley," Rippey said. "So much of the southern and eastern Corn Belt could be clipped by excessive rainfall."
Those conditions could mean more flooding and additional delays for farmers getting into the field.
"So unlike last year where we raced ahead to a record planting pace in late April and early May, there is no sign of any appreciable amount of planting that is going to take place as we head through the next couple of weeks," Rippey said.
Following these two storms, Rippey says there are more in the pipeline for next week and in the northern parts of the Midwest some of that precipitation could come in the form of snow.