The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Late Summer-like warmth...

Shower activity will continue to subside in the Northeast but continue through week’s end in parts of the West.

During the weekend, isolated showers will develop on the northern and central High Plains, while a new round of rain will arrive in the Pacific Northwest.

Temperatures to rebound...

Last week was cool and dry for much of the state, allowing harvest to continue at an exceptionally rapid rate. With harvest progressing, many producers have started fall tillage, fertilizer applications, and wheat seeding.

Corn harvest advanced to 74 percent complete, compared to just 5 percent last year and a five-year average of 31 percent.

Dry, cooler weather ahead for the weekend...

A “cut-off” weather system over the Northeast and a feed of tropical moisture—including the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole—will maintain wet conditions across New England.

Meanwhile, mostly dry weather will cover the remainder of the U.S. into early next week.

Dry pattern supporting harvest, fall fieldwork...

Across the Corn Belt, favorably dry weather prevails in the upper Midwest, where localized lowland flooding persists. Meanwhile in the previously dry eastern Corn Belt, recent showers slowed harvest activities but boosted soil moisture in advance of the winter wheat planting and establishment season.

Better harvest weather returns...

Rains fell heaviest across the northern half of the state last week and slowed soybean harvest, but statewide corn harvest continued with little interruption.

A change in weather ahead...

An impressive, late-season surge of monsoon moisture will continue to interact with disturbances crossing the northern half of the U.S. Mid-week rainfall could total 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, in the Four Corners States.  Mid- to late-week totals of 2 to 4 inches or more may cause flooding in portions of the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes region.

An active pattern across the Corn Belt this week...

On the Plains, wet weather is returning to western and central Montana. Elsewhere across the nation’s midsection, warm, dry weather is promoting winter wheat planting and summer crop maturation and harvesting. On September 18, freezes ended the growing season—roughly on schedule—in the northeastern corner of Montana and approximately the western half of North Dakota.

Late-Summer warmth across many areas...

For the remainder of the week, showers and thunderstorms will spread from the Midwest to the Northeast.  Significant rain will be mostly confined to the western Gulf Coast region and the Northwest, although scattered showers will affect the nation’s northern tier.

Harvest advances...

On the Plains, winter wheat planting is underway, with one-quarter (25%) of the crop in the ground by September 12 in Nebraska, along with 16% in Colorado and South Dakota, 9% in Texas, and 5% in Kansas.