The Weather Front On-Line
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%).
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.
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.
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%).