Precipitation developing on the central & southern Plains

Precipitation developing on the central & southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, most autumn fieldwork is complete, except for some remaining corn to harvest across eastern portions of the region. In Ohio and neighboring states, however, corn will have to remain standing in the field until soils fully freeze.

On the Plains, drought-easing rains are returning to southern parts of the region. Rain is especially beneficial on the southern High Plains, where winter wheat is poorly established and rangeland and pastures have been slow to rebound from historic drought. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather prevails on the northern Plains.

In the South, mild, dry weather is promoting late-autumn fieldwork, including final soybean harvesting.

In the West, rain and snow showers are providing additional drought relief in Arizona and New Mexico. In contrast, much of California has experienced an extremely slow start to the wet season, resulting in stunted growth of cool-season pastures.

A developing storm system currently over the southern High Plains will lift northeastward, reaching New England by mid-week. Precipitation (mostly rain; ending as snow) associated with the storm could total 1 to 2 inches on the central and southern Plains, and as much as an inch farther northeast. Blizzard conditions will briefly engulf parts of the central and southern Plains on Monday night.

In the eastern Corn Belt, rain will further delay final corn harvest operations. A second storm will quickly follow the first system, resulting in some mid-week snow across the Rockies and High Plains.

Late in the week, locally heavy rain will affect the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States.

Elsewhere, unfavorably dry conditions will persist in California and the Great Basin.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than- normal conditions from Arizona to the central Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in parts of the north-central U.S. and from southern Texas to the Carolinas.

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