More moisture ahead for the Heartland
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors corn and late-season soybean harvest activities, despite an increase in cloudiness. A few rain showers are developing, however, mainly in parts of Iowa and Missouri.
On the Plains, rain is returning to portions of central and northeastern Texas. Elsewhere, dry weather favors late-season winter wheat planting and harvest activities for a variety of summer crops. However, colder air is overspreading the northern and central Plains in the wake of a cold front’s passage.
In the South, isolated showers are developing across the northwestern fringe of the region, including the Ozark Plateau. Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.
In the West, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. Freeze Warnings were in effect early Monday in a few areas, including east-central Utah and northwestern California. Fall fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in Arizona and California, remains active.
Looking ahead, for the second time in a week, a moisture-laden cold front will cross the central and eastern U.S. This time, the front will be imbued with remnant moisture from former eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Sonia. Rainfall associated with the front should reach 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher amounts, from the eastern Plains to the western slopes of the Appalachians. Lighter amounts of precipitation can be expected across southern portions of the Rockies and High Plains. Farther north, snow will develop later Monday across the central Rockies. Heavy snow can be expected on Tuesday in Nebraska and environs, and at mid-week in portions of the upper Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, periods of showery weather will affect the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, while dry weather will prevail in California and the Great Basin.
The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the northern Rockies and Pacific Coast States. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across Florida’s peninsula, northern and central portions of California and the Great Basin, and along nation’s northern tier from Washington to Wisconsin.