Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather has returned, following recent rainfall. Showers linger, however, across northern Lower Michigan. Most fieldwork remains on hold across the central and eastern Corn Belt, but corn and late-season soybean harvest activities continue to advance across the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, dry weather prevails, except for a few sprinkles across the northern half of the region. Fieldwork includes corn, cotton, sorghum, and sunflower harvesting, as well as late-season winter wheat planting.
In the South, localized lowland flooding persists in the western Gulf Coast region, following late-October downpours. Currently, a band of showers is moving into the southern Atlantic States, temporarily halting winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting.
In the West, mostly dry weather favors autumn fieldwork. The cotton harvest is advancing quickly in California and was 70% complete by October 27, compared to the 5-year average of 36%. Above-normal temperatures dominate the Pacific Coast States, promoting Northwestern winter wheat development.
For the remainder of Friday, a cold front sweeping through the East will continue to produce heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms. During the weekend, snow showers will affect areas downwind of the Great Lakes, while a new storm system will begin to take shape across the western U.S. Early next week, precipitation will return to the nation’s mid-section, with heavy rain possible again from the southeastern Plains into the Mid-South. Rapid temperature fluctuations can be expected in most parts of the U.S., as storm systems progress across the nation from west to east.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below normal temperatures from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail from the Mississippi River to the Eastern Seaboard. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation in the Southwest and across the central and southern High Plains will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions from the Mississippi Valley to the Appalachians and across the nation’s northern tier.