Weather report: Dry conditions prevail in the Corn Belt

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In the West, light rain and snow showers are mostly confined to the interior Northwest. Elsewhere, a return to mild weather favors fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in Arizona and California.

On the Plains, temperatures are rebounding to near- or above-normal levels. Still, this morning’s low temperatures dipped below 20°F in some snow-covered portions of the northern Plains. Farther south, drought remains a significant concern with respect to the hard red winter wheat crop; on November 11, more than onefifth of the wheat was rated very poor to poor in South Dakota (53%), Nebraska (42%), Oklahoma (38%), Colorado (31%), Texas (28%), and Kansas (21%).

In the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails, despite an increase in cloudiness. Mild air is overspreading the western Corn Belt, where harvest activities are mostly complete. Cool conditions linger in the eastern Corn Belt.

In the South, cool, mostly dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting.

Outlook: Little or no precipitation will fall through the remainder of the week from the Plains to the Appalachians. In contrast, a slow-moving storm system will begin to affect the Southeast later today and linger into next week. Although most of the storm’s significant effects will remain offshore, rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches—with higher amounts possible near the Atlantic Coast—may occur from Georgia to southeastern Virginia. Meanwhile, several surges of Pacific storminess will result in locally heavy rain and snow in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Precipitation will spread inland as far as the northern Rockies and the Intermountain West. Mild weather will prevail nearly nationwide, except for lingering cool conditions in the Atlantic Coast States. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 19-23 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions across the lower Southeast. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across the central and southern Rockies, Plains, and upper Midwest will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in northern and central California, the northern Great Basin, the Northwest, and the Atlantic Coast States from the Carolinas to Maine.


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