In the West, mild, dry weather prevails. Extremely dry conditions are a growing concern from northern and central California to the western slopes of the central Rockies, both in terms of poor pasture conditions and meager high-elevation snow packs.
On the Plains, the passage of a weak cold front is introducing modestly cooler air in the wake of recordsetting warmth. On Thursday, Aberdeen, South Dakota (63°F), and Minot, North Dakota (61°F), were among a large number of communities experiencing their warmest January day on record.
In the Corn Belt, record-setting warmth prevails. Today’s high temperatures will exceed 60°F in parts of the southern Corn Belt. The warm weather is thawing fields across the eastern Corn Belt, curtailing final corn harvest efforts.
In the South, temperatures are rebounding across Florida’s peninsula, allowing producers to begin assessing impacts of the January 4-5 freezes. Elsewhere, dry weather accompanies a warming trend.
Outlook: Above-normal temperatures will continue across the majority of the U.S. during the next several days. An exception will be cooler-than-normal conditions in the vicinity of a slow-moving storm system that will develop over the south-central U.S. early next week and drift eastward. That storm will also produce some snow in the central and southern Rockies and adjacent Plains, and widespread, possibly heavy rain in the Gulf Coast States. In contrast, dry conditions will persist in much of California and the Great Basin. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for January 11-15 calls for above-normal temperatures in the Southwest, while colder-thannormal weather will prevail in the Southeast. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation across the nation’s northern tier and much of the East will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from California to the southern half of the Plains.