Mild, Breezy Weather Drying Soils on Central Plains

Posted on 11/21/2017 10:13 AM

USDA reports that cold, windy weather is developing across the upper Midwest, accompanied by a few snow showers. Mild weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt, although many fields remain wet in the wake of weekend rainfall, USDA continues. “On Nov. 19, topsoil moisture was rated 55% surplus in both Michigan and Ohio,” USDA details.

In the West, the department reports precipitation has largely subsided across northern California but continues in the Pacific Northwest. “The remainder of the region is experiencing warm, dry weather, favoring late-autumn fieldwork,” USDA reports.  On Nov. 19, the cotton harvest was 75% complete in California and 62% complete in Arizona, the department elaborates.

On the Plains, USDA says very cold weather has returned to the Dakotas and eastern Montana. “Meanwhile, a few rain and snow showers are occurring in the vicinity of a cold front crossing the central Plains,” according to USDA. On the southern Plains, it says mild, breezy weather is further reducing topsoil moisture for winter wheat establishment. “On Nov. 19, topsoil moisture was rated 65% very short to short in Texas and 64% very short to short in Oklahoma,” USDA details.  

In the South, USDA reports rain showers are overspreading the Gulf Coast region. “Some of the heaviest rain is falling in parts of southern Florida,” USDA continues. Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including cotton and soybean harvesting, according to USDA.

Looking out over the next five days, USDA says a steady parade of disturbances will maintain unsettled, stormy conditions in the Northwest. “Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 4 inches in the northern Rockies and 4 to 12 inches or more in the Pacific Northwest,” USDA says. Meanwhile, several disturbances will graze the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, with the heaviest rain expected across the lower Southeast, according to the department. “Precipitation could reach 1 to 3 inches in parts of Florida and an inch or more along the northern Atlantic Coast,” it details.  Meanwhile, USDA reports periods of windy weather and snow showers will affect the Midwest and Northeast. “Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, should feature above-normal temperatures from the Pacific Coast to the Plains and upper Midwest, while cool conditions will prevail from the Gulf Coast into the Northeast,” USDA explains.  Thanksgiving Day precipitation will be confined to the Northwest and the lower Southeast, it adds.

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