Fall activities continued with largely dry conditions persisting last week throughout most of the state. Rainfall, some heavy, was reported in the southern areas.
Corn harvest is nearing completion with 71 percent of the crop now harvested.Soybean harvest increased to 22 percent, compared to 10 percent at this time last year and the 5-year average of 21 percent.
Early-week warmth will be replaced by sharply colder conditions. Below-normal temperatures will arrive across northern portions of the Rockies and Plains by Wednesday and quickly encompass all of the Rockies, Plains, and Midwest by Friday.
During the weekend, below-normal temperatures will cover virtually the entire U.S.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for colder-than-normal conditions nearly nationwide, with above-normal precipitation across the Ohio Valley.