The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Rains across drought areas of the Southeast

In the South, showers and thunderstorms stretch from the middle Mississippi Valley to the western Gulf Coast region. The rain is providing much-needed moisture for pastures and winter grains, but extraordinarily dry conditions persist across much of the Southeast.

No shortage of moisture in the coming weeks

On the Plains, a low-pressure system crossing Kansas is producing beneficial showers. Some of the most significant rain is falling across the central Plains. On November 20, more than one-sixth (18%) of the winter wheat in Texas was rated very poor to poor, along with 14% in Colorado.

An active pattern for the West, Plains & Midwest

On the Plains, temperatures have rebounded to above-normal levels. The warmest weather, relative to normal, is occurring on the High Plains, where cloudiness is increasing in advance of an approaching storm system. Pockets of drought, especially on the central High Plains, are hampering winter wheat establishment.

A wide-range of weather & big change ahead

On the Plains, wind-blown snow stretches northeastward from Nebraska, benefiting winter wheat but causing travel disruptions and increasing livestock stress. Colder air is sweeping across the region, while unfavorably dry conditions on the central High Plains continue to hamper winter wheat establishment.

A big change ahead across the Heartland

On the Plains, cloudiness is increasing in conjunction with a developing storm system, and a few rain showers are overspreading Montana. Farther south, pockets of unfavorable dryness are hampering winter wheat establishment—especially on the central High Plains. In western Kansas, topsoil moisture ranged from 55 to 71% very short to short on November 13, according to USDA.

A big change in weather coming to the Midwest

On the Plains, mild, dry weather continues to promote winter wheat growth—except in areas with soil moisture shortages—and autumn fieldwork. On November 13, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half very short to short in Colorado (64%), Wyoming (53%), and Nebraska (52%).

A more active weather pattern ahead

On the Plains, dry weather and unusually high temperatures for this time of year favor summer crop harvesting and winter wheat development, except where dryness is causing uneven wheat emergence and establishment. Some of the driest conditions exist across the central High Plains.

Favorable late-season weather

On the Plains, a few rain showers linger across western and southern Texas. Other areas are experiencing dry weather and record-setting warmth. Thursday’s high temperatures should top 70º as far north as southern South Dakota. The late-season warmth favors winter wheat growth, except in areas where soil moisture is lacking.

A rather quiet, mild weather pattern continues

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors final corn and soybean harvest efforts, especially in the upper Midwest. Temperatures vary from much-above-normal levels in the upper Midwest to near normal in the Ohio Valley. On November 6, the soybean harvest was at least 90% complete in all Midwestern States except Michigan (77% complete) and Missouri (86%).

Showers, cooler air settle across the Midwest

On the Plains, light rain showers are gradually ending across the southeastern corner of the region. However, pockets of unfavorable dryness persist, especially from Oklahoma to South Dakota. On November 6, just over half (51 to 55%) of the winter wheat was rated in good to excellent condition in Colorado, Nebraska, and South Dakota—down 6 percentage points from a week ago in each state.