Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather favors late-season harvest activities from the Mississippi Valley westward. In contrast, showers are again slowing fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt, where corn and soybean harvesting have been delayed by late crop maturation and autumn wetness.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and late-season winter wheat planting. On the southern Plains, more moisture is needed, despite highly beneficial October precipitation. Pockets of dryness have also developed on the northern High Plains.
In the South, wet conditions persist across Florida’s peninsula, but dry weather across the remainder of the region is promoting summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting.
In the West, mild weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in California and Arizona. Isolated rain and snow showers are confined to the Northwest.
In the wake of an early-season snow storm, cool weather will linger early in the week in the Northeast.
Meanwhile, a new storm will begin to take shape across the northern and central Rockies, with snow accompanying a surge of cold air. By mid-week, some beneficial precipitation (rain and snow) will overspread portions of the central and southern High Plains. Late in the week, rain will move into the Southeast, while sharply colder weather will accompany rain and snow showers in the West.
Looking ahead, the 6- to10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S., while colder-than-normal weather will prevail in the West. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the southern Atlantic States and from southern California to the southern High Plains.