In the West, the second in a series of storms is moving ashore along the northern Pacific Coast. Heavy precipitation and high winds are occurring in northwestern California and western sections of Oregon and Washington. Across the remainder of the West, mild, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork.

On the Plains, cold air lingers across the northern tier of the region, mainly in North Dakota. Farther south, mild, dry weather is maintaining severe stress on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat. On November 25, more than three-quarters of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition in Colorado (85%), Kansas (82%), and Oklahoma (80%).

In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails, except for lingering cold conditions in the Great Lakes region. Harvest activities are complete in most of the Midwest, and nearing completion in the eastern Corn Belt.

In the South, cool, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting. However, drought has begun to expand again in the Southeast, with more than half (53%) of Georgia’s pastures rated in very poor to poor condition by November 25.

Outlook: A very active, stormy weather pattern will continue into next week across northern California and the Northwest. During the next 5 days, additional precipitation totals could reach 2 to 5 inches in the northern Rockies, 4 to 8 inches in the Pacific Northwest, and 4 to 14 inches in northern California. Elsewhere, late-week precipitation will be mostly confined to the nation’s northern tier, where some light snow will fall. During the weekend, some light rain will break out across the eastern half of the U.S., with the most significant precipitation expected from the Midwest into the Northeast. Early next week, some rain and snow will overspread the northern Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for December 4-8 calls for above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the southern Atlantic region. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the southern two-thirds of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the nation’s northern tier. Dry conditions will be most likely across southern portions of the Rockies and Plains.