Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors late-season corn and soybean harvesting, except in areas of the upper Midwest where snow remains on the ground. Early Monday, some light snow is falling in an area centered on Minnesota.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather is promoting harvest of crops such as cotton, sorghum, and sunflowers, as well as final winter wheat planting efforts. Some areas across the central and southern Plains remain very dry, with locally adverse impacts on winter wheat establishment.
In the South, lingering warmth is confined to Florida’s peninsula. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork, except in areas where wet conditions persist. Significant river flooding continues in parts of the Carolinas, following last week’s downpours. Major flooding is occurring in North Carolina along portions of the Tar and Neuse Rivers.
In the West, unsettled, showery conditions prevail across the Pacific Northwest, where soil moisture continues to improve. Warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the West, favoring autumn fieldwork. On November 8, the cotton harvest was one-half complete in California and 49% complete in Arizona.
During the next 5 days, most areas of the country will experience dry weather. A few showers will linger across Florida’s peninsula, while late-week precipitation may develop from the central Rockies into the Midwest. Completely dry weather will prevail, however, from southern California into much of the Southeast. In contrast, a winter-like storm system will move inland across the Northwest. High winds, valley rain, and high-elevation snow will affect northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the northern Rockies, further easing drought and benefiting winter grains. Farther east, record-setting warmth will return across the nation’s mid-section. Meanwhile, a short-lived surge of cold air will engulf the Midwest and East, with the chilly conditions peaking around mid-week.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures and precipitation across most of the country. Colder-than-normal conditions will be confined to northern Maine, northern California, and the Northwest, while drier-than-normal weather should be limited to parts of the Southeast and along the Canadian border from Montana to Lake Superior.