The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

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.

A favorable late-season harvest weather pattern

On the Plains, scattered showers from Nebraska southward are locally boosting topsoil moisture for winter wheat germination and establishment. However, pockets of unfavorable dryness persist. Meanwhile on the northern Plains, unusually warm weather continues to promote winter wheat growth.

Idyllic Fall weather across the Midwest

On the Plains, record-setting warmth prevails from Kansas northward. The warm, dry weather across the northern and central Plains is promoting winter wheat establishment, except in areas with soil moisture shortages. In Colorado, topsoil moisture was rated 55% very short to short on October 30. Farther south, clouds linger across Texas, although beneficial showers have temporarily subsided.

A change in weather ahead

On the Plains, a few showers are developing in conjunction with a slow-moving cold front. Following a very dry October, winter wheat producers are welcoming any rain that falls from Texas to the central High Plains.

Unusual warmth for the start of November

On the Plains, dry weather and unusually high temperatures persist. In areas with adequate soil moisture, including much of the northern Plains, the late-season warmth is favorable for winter wheat emergence and establishment. Farther south, however, more than one-sixth (17%) of the Texas wheat crop was rated very poor to poor on October 30, up from 13% the previous week.