USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says 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 Nov. 20, more than one-sixth (18%) of the winter wheat in Texas was rated very poor to poor, along with 14% in Colorado.
In the West, USDA says snow is blanketing the central Rockies. Meanwhile, a new Pacific storm is approaching the Northwest. In other areas, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork. By Nov. 20, the cotton harvest was 80% complete in California and 65% complete in Arizona.
Satellite image with enhanced low cloud-top temperatures for 6:45 a.m. EST (NOAA)
In the Corn Belt, USDA says another winter storm is underway across the upper Midwest, where precipitation (rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow) is developing. By Nov. 20, the corn harvest was more than 90% complete in all major production states except Michigan, where harvest was 83% complete.
In the South, temperatures are slowly rebounding, following recent freezes that reached as far south as northern Florida, USDA states. The largest of more than two dozen Southeastern wildfires is the 28,000-acre Rough Ridge fire -- now more than half contained -- in northern Georgia. On Nov. 20, topsoil moisture ranged from 75% to 100% very short to short in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky and Arkansas.
In its five-day outlook through Nov. 26, USDA says astorm system over the nation’s mid-section will move eastward and generally weaken, with only light precipitation expected in the eastern U.S. on Thanksgiving Day. However, wintry precipitation will affect the upper Mississippi Valley and environs for the remainder of today and the upper Great Lakes region on Wednesday. Meanwhile, multiple rounds of heavy precipitation in the Pacific Northwest will result in 5-day totals of 4 to 10 inches or more. Most other areas of the country, including the southern Atlantic States and the Southwest, will experience mostly dry weather through week’s end, USDA states.