Fieldwork lagging across much of the eastern Corn Belt
In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork. However, winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting continue to lag the normal pace in the eastern Corn Belt, where Ohio’s corn harvest was just 18% complete on October 30.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails, except for a return to cold weather from Montana to western Nebraska. Tuesday’s high temperatures will exceed 80°F in parts of western and southern Texas. Although winter wheat conditions have recently improved on the southern Plains, more rain will be needed to ensure proper crop establishment. Pockets of unfavorable dryness have also developed elsewhere on the Plains.
In the South, cool weather lingers in the Atlantic Coast States, but mild air is expanding across the remainder of the region. Sunny weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.
In the West, isolated rain and snow showers are confined to the Intermountain region, while colder air is overspreading the northern half of the region. In contrast, mild, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, including cotton harvesting, in California and Arizona.
For the remainder of Tuesday, snow will develop in the central Rockies, while cold air will surge across the northern Plains and Northwest.
By Wednesday, rain will spread across the central Plains and into the middle Mississippi Valley, with 1- to 2-inch totals possible in the latter region.
On Thursday and Friday, showers will shift into the Southeast.
Meanwhile, a stronger push of cold air will arrive across the West late in the week, accompanied by widespread rain and snow showers. During the weekend, rain and snow will reach the northern Plains and upper Midwest.
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 U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the East and from southern and eastern Arizona into the Rio Grande Valley.