The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A mighty big change in weather ahead

On the Plains, cloudiness is increasing in advance of an approaching storm system. Unfavorably dry soils continue to hamper winter wheat establishment in some areas, particularly on the central High Plains.

An active pattern in the early days of December

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails, except for rain and snow showers across the upper Midwest. With only a few exceptions, autumn fieldwork—winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting—is complete.

A more seasonal pattern shift ahead

On the Plains, widespread snow showers accompany gusty winds across the Dakotas and eastern Montana. Colder air is arriving across the High Plains, but warmth lingers on the eastern Plains. On November 27, topsoil moisture was rated more than half very short to short in Colorado (60%) and Oklahoma (55%), and ranged from 61 to 80% very short to short across the western one-third of Kansas.

More moisture ahead for the Heartland

On the Plains, wind-blown snow is blanketing western North Dakota and environs, disrupting travel and increasing livestock stress. Rain is falling farther east, in the Red River Valley of the North. In contrast, mild, breezy weather prevails on the central and southern Plains, where pockets of unfavorable dryness persist.

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.