Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. However, some fields remain too wet—in the wake of recent rainfall—for harvest and planting activities to resume. On November 3, Midwestern winter wheat planting ranged from 64% complete in Missouri to 97% complete in Michigan and Ohio.
On the Plains, sudden warmth is promoting winter wheat growth, as well as melting any remaining snow (in Nebraska and South Dakota). Meanwhile, a few rain showers area developing on the northern Plains. Farther south, however, dry, breezy conditions are increasing stress on winter wheat across the southern High Plains. Friday’s high temperatures will approach 70° as far north as western Nebraska.
In the South, cool, dry weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting. Cloudiness and a few sprinkles linger across Florida’s peninsula.
In the West, rain and snow showers linger from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather continues to favor fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in California and Arizona.
Looking ahead, a storm system crossing the nation’s northern tier will reach northern New England by Sunday. Generally light precipitation, including some snow, will accompany the storm. Precipitation will be scarce through week’s end across the remainder of the U.S., except for some rain and snow showers in the Northwest. Early next week, cold air settling across the Midwest and Northeast will set the stage for a potential winter storm. Although details remain uncertain, the possibility exists for an early-season snowfall in portions of the Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic States beginning on November 12. The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near-to above-normal temperatures west of the Mississippi River and across the Deep South, while colder-than-normal weather will prevail in much of the East. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in northern New England and from the Southwest to the Great Lakes region. Wet conditions will be mostly likely in the Southeast and Northwest.