Across the Corn Belt, widespread weekend frost resulted in only minor impacts on rapidly maturing crops. Currently, cool weather and scattered showers linger across eastern-most areas, including Ohio. Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather is ideal for corn and soybean maturation and harvesting.
On the Plains, dry weather accompanies record-setting warmth. Monday’s high temperatures will again approach 90-degrees as far north as Montana. The warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid fieldwork pace, although many producers on the southern Plains continue to await moisture before planting winter wheat.
In the South, cool but dry weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork, including harvest activities for crops such as cotton, peanuts, rice, and soybeans.
In the West, wet weather is overspreading northwestern California and western portions of Washington and Oregon. Cooler weather accompanies the precipitation along the Pacific Coast, but warm, dry weather across the remainder of the region favors winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting.
A pesky storm centered over the Mid-Atlantic region will drift northeastward, reaching the Canadian Maritimes by mid-week. In the storm’s wake, mild, dry weather will cover the majority of the U.S.
West of the Rockies, however, an important weather pattern change will result in much cooler weather and an increase in shower activity. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in orographically favored areas, including the Sierra Nevada.
Toward week’s end showers and thunderstorms may erupt on the Plains. Any rain that falls on the parched southern Plains will benefit drought-ravaged rangeland and newly planted winter wheat.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures from the Plains to the East Coast, while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail in much of the West. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation across Florida’s peninsula, the Plains, and the Northwest will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the Southwest and much of the eastern one-third of the U.S.