In the West, precipitation is confined to the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in both California and Arizona.

On the Plains, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork, but many areas lack enough moisture to support proper winter wheat establishment. The area of greatest concern with respect to winter wheat remains the northwestern half of the Plains. Today’s temperatures will again exceed 80°F across parts of the southern Plains.

In the Corn Belt, Sandy’s remnant circulation continues to produce light precipitation (rain and snow showers) and gusty winds in the Great Lakes region and the Ohio Valley. In contrast, warm, dry weather favors lateseason harvest efforts west and south of the Missouri River, where today’s temperatures will approach 70°F.

In the South, warm weather has returned to the western Gulf Coast region, but cool conditions persist across the remainder of the region. Dry weather throughout the South favors autumn fieldwork.

Outlook: Less-than-ideal (cool, cloudy, and showery) conditions persist in the Northeast with respect to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Sandy’s remnant circulation is currently centered near Lake Erie, drifting northward. For the remainder of the week, mild, tranquil conditions will cover much of the nation. Shower activity—including high-elevation snowfall—will gradually subside in the Northeast. Meanwhile, locally heavy precipitation will spread inland across the Northwest. During the weekend, a few rain showers will spread across the South. Abovenormal temperatures across most of the U.S. and a warming trend across the South will contrast with persistently cool conditions from the upper Midwest into the Northeast. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 5-9 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Southeast. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation from California into the Mid-South will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather along the Atlantic Seaboard and across the nation’s northern tier from Montana into the Northeast.