Harvest delays continue across the far eastern Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, lingering snow showers are mostly confined to the eastern Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, cool, dry weather prevails. Fieldwork delays persist in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, including Ohio, where 83% of the acreage intended for winter wheat had been planted by November 6. In addition, the corn harvest was just 34% complete in Ohio and 53% complete in Michigan.
On the Plains, cold air is starting to erode, with mild air overspreading Montana. The northern Plains’ winter wheat would benefit from late-season warmth to promote further growth.
In the South, cooler air has arrived. Fieldwork includes winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.
In the West, dry weather prevails, despite widespread cloudiness. Mild weather has returned to the northern Rockies and the West Coast States in advance of an approaching Pacific storm system. In California, fieldwork includes harvesting of cotton (65% complete on November 6) and rice (90% complete).
During the weekend, cool, stormy weather will engulf parts of the West. Some of the heaviest precipitation (1 to 3 inches) will fall from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, although showers may also affect coastal California and parts of Arizona.
Meanwhile, windy, milder air will gradually expand from the nation’s mid-section to the East Coast.
By early next week, locally heavy precipitation will develop from Texas into the Ohio Valley.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below normal temperatures across the northern Plains and the West, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the South, East, and lower Midwest. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation in the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across Florida’s peninsula and southern portions of the Rockies and High Plains.