In the West, scattered showers are spreading ashore in the Pacific Coast States, causing local fieldwork delays. Mild, dry weather prevails elsewhere in the West, despite an increase in cloudiness.
On the Plains, dry weather remains a significant concern with respect to the hard red winter wheat crop, especially from South Dakota to Texas. This morning’s temperatures dipped below 20°F as far south as the central Plains, but readings are rebounding to above-normal levels on the northern High Plains.
In the Corn Belt, dry weather—accompanied by a gradual warming trend—favors late-season fieldwork. By November 11, Midwestern States with greatest percentage of soybeans left to harvest were Missouri (11% in the field) and Ohio (7%).
In the South, cool, dry weather is promoting a continuation of, or return to, fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting. On November 11 in North Carolina, wheat was 54% planted, while harvesting was 61% complete for cotton and 36% complete for soybeans.
Outlook: During the next several days, most of the nation’s active weather will be along the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 10 inches in northern California and the Pacific Northwest, while significant snow will spread as far inland as the northern Rockies. Meanwhile, little or no precipitation will fall from the Plains to the East Coast, except for as much as 1 to 2 inches along the southern Atlantic Coast. Early next week, however, a few sprinkles or showers may develop across the Midwest, South, and East. Cool weather will linger into early next week in the Gulf and Atlantic Coast States, but the remainder of the U.S. will experience mostly above-normal temperatures. The most anomalous warmth will affect the High Plains, where temperatures at times will be more than 20°F above normal. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 21-25 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions along the southern Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across most of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the nation’s northern tier from the Pacific Northwest to northern Minnesota.