Weather report: Mild and dry across the southwestern Corn Belt

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In the West, significant precipitation is mainly confined to the Pacific Northwest, although scattered rain and snow showers stretch from the northern Rockies to central California. Meanwhile in the Desert Southwest, warm, dry weather favors cotton harvesting and other autumn fieldwork.

On the Plains, mostly dry weather persists in Montana, despite an increase in cloudiness. Elsewhere, unusually warm, dry weather prevails. Today’s high temperatures will exceed 70°F as far north as western Nebraska and could approach 90°F in parts of Texas. Winter wheat continues to struggle to emerge and develop across the northwestern half of the High Plains. In South Dakota, only 23% of the wheat had emerged by October 28, compared to the 5-year average of 88%.

In the Corn Belt, a few rain showers linger across Michigan and Ohio. In contrast, mild, dry weather favors winter wheat development and late-season harvest efforts across the southwestern Corn Belt.

In the South, temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels west of the Mississippi River, but chilly conditions linger farther east. Throughout the region, dry weather favors fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting.

Outlook: Cool, mostly cloudy, showery, and breezy conditions persist in the Northeast, where storm recovery efforts are ongoing. Below-normal temperatures will persist into next week in the Northeast, although showery, breezy weather will gradually subside. Elsewhere, much of the remainder of the nation will continue to experience mild, dry weather. One exception will be the Northwest, where occasional rain and snow can be expected. During the next 5 days, cool conditions will be limited to northern areas from the upper Midwest into the Northeast, while light showers will affect the northern Plains, the Mississippi Valley, and parts of the South. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 6-10 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the southern Atlantic States. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the nation’s northern tier from Montana to New England.



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