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Scattered rain this week won’t keep up with thirsty crops

There is scattered rain in the forecast every day this week, but the total amounts predicted for the week, ranging from less than half an inch along Florida’s East Coast to about 1.5 inches in eastern Virginia, will be barely enough to keep up with water demands from many of the Southeast’s crops. Many crops like cotton, peanuts, and pecans, are at their near peak need for water, and with temperatures expected to be warmer than normal most of the week, evapotranspiration levels will remain high. The only tropical wave in the Atlantic right now has only a small chance of developing into a storm, so we can’t expect any relief from the tropics on the short term.