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U.S. Drought Monitor Change Map



  • Typhoon
    Maysak moved across the Korean Peninsula Wednesday and early today producing damaging wind and flooding rain
    • Initial
      reports from the region are as expected with widespread power outages, considerable property damage and a few deaths in southern South Korea
    • Flooding
      has been the biggest issue in eastern North Korea with more than 9.00 inches falling over saturated soil in a short period of time
      • Rice
        damage has likely occurred along with other impacts on crops in both North and South Korea
    • Remnants
      of Maysak will bring on some flooding in northeastern China today and Friday with 2.00 to 7.00 inches of fresh rain falling over saturated soil in Jilin, Liaoning and eastern Inner Mongolia
      • Corn
        and soybean crops are not expected to be seriously impacted, although the region is excessively wet and delays in crop maturation and harvesting are inevitable, especially with Typhoon Haishen headed into the same region for early next week


  • Typhoon
    Haishen will become a super typhoon Friday and reach wind speeds of nearly 150 mph over open water south of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan Saturday
    • Haishen
      was 646 miles east southeast of Okinawa, Japan at 20.9 north, 137.2 east moving northwesterly at 11 mph and producing maximum wind speeds to 109 mph
    • The
      storm will pass to the west of Kyushu, Japan Sunday and reach southern South Korea Sunday into Monday.
      • The
        storm may make landfall very near to the same point that Typhoon Maysak moved inland Wednesday and the path northward will be very similar impacting South and North Korea as well as northeastern China in a very similar manner
        • Two
          storms back to back of this intensity impacting the same areas is very rare and will have a huge impact on all three countries


  • Both
    tropical cyclones noted above will dissipate over northeastern China where 4.00 to 12.00 inches of total rain may occur by Tuesday of next week that will result in serious flooding and some new crop and property damage from Liaoning into eastern Inner Mongolia,
    Jilin and Heilongjiang
    • Corn
      and soybeans should be maturing with some harvesting of corn usually under way at this time of year
      • Too
        much rain in recent weeks and that which is coming through early next week will further delay harvest progress and flooding could raise concern over the quality of soybeans, sugarbeets and any other crop produced in the region.
    • East-central
      China has been and will continue to benefit from net drying conditions through much of next week
    • Southern
      China will experience increasing rain and thunderstorm activity next week, but the precipitation will be greatest in southwestern China through the weekend
    • Xinjiang,
      China will see a mix of weather during the next week that will support late season crop development, but some rain may raise a little concern over cotton fiber quality, but only in a few areas


  • Tropical
    Storm Nana has moved into Belize and will produce heavy rain and flooding from there into Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico
    • The
      storm will also produce heavy rain in southern Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico over the next couple of days
    • Remnants
      of the system will move into the eastern Pacific Ocean Friday
    • Flooding
      rain will cause some landslides and may induce some crop and property damage in each of the areas noted above


  • Tropical
    Depression Omar and was well east of the U.S. this morning and northeast of Bermuda moving east away from North America
    • The
      storm will slowly diminish over the next two days and will pose no threat to land and be a minimal threat to shipping


  • Tropical
    Wave coming off the Africa west-central coast today will possibly become the next tropical depression, but it will stay over open water in the Atlantic for much of the next week without threatening land


  • Cold
    air is advertised in North America early through mid-week next week that may induce some frost and freezes
    • Frost
      and a few some freezes will occur Monday in northern Saskatchewan and northwestern Manitoba – damage to crops is possible, but unlikely to be very serious
    • Frost
      and light freezes Tuesday will occur in the northwestern U.S. Plains across southern and eastern parts of Saskatchewan to Manitoba, Canada
      • Crop
        damage in the Prairies will be low except for a few corn, soybean and flax crops in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan where some negative impact is expected since crops are not mature
      • Late
        season canola in eastern Canada will be less impacted
      • Crop
        damage in the northwestern U.S. Plains should be quite low if not minimal