Fair weather returns to the Midwest
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting late-season fieldwork in the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, dry weather has returned to the southern and eastern Corn Belt, although wet fields continue to hamper winter wheat planting and corn and soybean harvesting.
On the Plains, winter wheat planting operations are nearing completion. Crops being harvested on the central and/or southern Plains include cotton, peanuts, and sorghum. Despite a favorably wet October on the southern Plains, more moisture is needed to revive pastures and promote wheat establishment.
In the South, cool, dry weather favors a return to fieldwork from the western Gulf Coast States to the lower Mississippi Valley. Meanwhile, rain is halting winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting in the Southeast, particularly in the southern Mid-Atlantic States.
In the West, mild, dry weather prevails in the central and southern Rockies and the Four Corners region. In contrast, sharply colder conditions—accompanied by scattered rain and snow showers—cover the northern Rockies, the Great Basin, and the Pacific Coast States.
As a storm and its associated shower activity depart the Carolina Coast, dry, increasingly mild conditions will settle over the eastern third of the Nation. In contrast, a pair of Pacific storms will maintain cool, unsettled conditions across much of the West.
The lead system will produce locally heavy snow in the Four Corners region before producing a mixture of rain and snow across the northern half of the Great Plains. A trailing cold front will stall over the central and southern Plains, leading to potentially heavy rain by early next week.
Meanwhile, the second Pacific storm will move from the Great Basin into the southern Rockies, generating widespread rain and mountain snow.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-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 nation will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across southern portions of the High Plains and Atlantic Seaboard.