Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery, breezy weather is slowing or halting fieldwork but providing much-needed moisture for soil moisture recharge.
On the Plains, chilly conditions and some clouds linger across eastern areas. In contrast, warm weather is returning to the High Plains. Winter wheat is exhibiting some favorable growth across the southern half of the region, but drought continues to limit crop emergence and establishment across the northwestern half of the Plains.
In the South, a few showers linger along the Atlantic Coast. Elsewhere, a return to dry weather accompanies slightly cooler conditions. In areas where fieldwork has resumed, activities include winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.
In the West, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork from California to the central and southern Rockies. Meanwhile, scattered showers are returning to the Northwest, where recent rainfall has benefited rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat.
A slow-moving storm centered over the Midwest will slowly drift northeastward, crossing eastern Canada during the weekend. In the storm’s wake, temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels from the Plains eastward. Meanwhile, cool, showery conditions will gradually engulf northern and central California and the Northwest. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in northern California, the northern Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days from southern California into the Southeast.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures across much of the U.S., but cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail along and northwest of a line from southern California to North Dakota. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across roughly the southern half of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in northern California and across the nation’s northern tier from the Pacific Northwest into the Great Lakes region.