In the West, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching Pacific storm. Cotton fieldwork remains roughly on schedule, with harvest 65% complete in California and 50% complete in Arizona.
On the Plains, cold air is arriving across northern areas. In parts of North Dakota, snow accompanies the colder weather. Farther south, rain is confined to portions of southern and eastern Texas. Dry weather in the southern Plains’ major crop production areas favors fieldwork, including cotton, peanut, and sorghum harvesting and final winter wheat planting efforts.
In the Corn Belt, rain across the Ohio Valley is slowing late-season fieldwork, including corn and soybean harvesting. By November 13, Ohio’s corn harvest was just 51% complete, compared to the 5-year average of 79%. Ohio’s soybean harvest was 84% complete, versus the 5-year average of 97%.
In the South, showers are developing in advance of a cold front. However, a final day of warm, dry weather in the southern Atlantic region favors winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.
Outlook: A cold front stretching from New England to the southern Plains will drift southeastward, allowing a brief shot of cool air to overspread the Plains, Midwest, South, and East. In addition, rainfall associated with the front could reach 1 to 3 inches from eastern Texas to the Mid-Atlantic States. Mild weather will return to the South and East by week’s end, but a stronger push of cold air will arrive across the northern Plains and much of the West. Widespread rain and snow will precede and accompany the Western cold blast, with late-week precipitation totals of greater than 2 inches expected in parts of the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. During the weekend, snow will overspread the northern Plains and upper Midwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 20-24 calls for above-normal temperatures in the eastern half of the nation, while colder-than-normal weather will prevail across the northern High Plains and the West. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the southern Atlantic region and central and southern portions of the Rockies and High Plains.