On the Plains, cooler weather is providing relief from a late-season heat wave on the drought-stricken southern Plains. However, the southern Plains’ soil moisture shortages continue to discourage many producers from planting winter wheat. Meanwhile, record-setting warmth is already returning to the northern High Plains, where Friday’s high temperatures will approach 90°.
In the Corn Belt, cool, windy weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Lingering showers continue to hamper fieldwork in the lower Great Lakes region.
In the South, warm weather lingers along the Gulf Coast, but cooler air is overspreading the remainder of the region. Despite the cooler conditions, harvesting and other autumn fieldwork activities are proceeding with few delays.
In the West, dry conditions and record-setting are promoting autumn fieldwork.
A strong cold front moving into the East will reach the Atlantic Seaboard later Friday. However, a chilly, wind-driven rain will linger into Saturday from the central Appalachians into the Northeast. During the weekend, widespread frost can be expected from the Great Lakes region to the central Appalachians, including parts of the eastern Corn Belt.
Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail through the weekend, along with record-setting warmth across the western half of the U.S. By early next week, however, a cold front arriving in the Northwest will help to draw a late-season surge of tropical moisture northward into the West.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for warmer-than-normal conditions from the Greats Plains eastward, while below-normal temperatures prevail west of the Rockies. Drier-than-normal weather is anticipated from Texas into the Northeast, while above-normal rainfall falls from the Northwest into the northern High Plains.