Weather report: Mild and mostly dry on the Plains

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In the West, mild, dry weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork. Cloudiness is increasing across the Northwest, where winter wheat remains mostly in good to excellent condition.

On the Plains, mostly dry weather accompanies mild conditions. On the southern Plains, the peanut harvest is nearing completion, while harvest activities are ongoing for cotton and sorghum. In the Dakotas, the delayed sunflower harvest is proceeding. Hard red winter wheat had mostly emerged by November 10, with the portion of the crop rated good to excellent ranging from 43% in Texas to 73% in South Dakota.

In the Corn Belt, mild air is replacing the coldest air of the season. Dry weather favors fieldwork, including late-season corn harvesting.

In the South, freeze warnings are in effect early today from the lower Mississippi Valley into Georgia and northernmost Florida. However, dry weather is promoting winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting. On November 10 in North Carolina, winter wheat was 53% planted, while harvesting was 98% complete for peanuts, 44% complete for cotton, and 29% complete for soybeans.

Outlook: A high-pressure system currently centered over the Southeast will drift offshore later today, allowing warmer, more humid conditions to develop east of the Rockies. Showers will affect the southern and middle Atlantic States on November 15-16, followed by a more expansive area of Midwestern rain beginning on November 16. Late in the weekend and early next week, widespread showers will sweep across the eastern U.S., while some snow may fall in the upper Great Lakes region. Sharply colder air will trail the precipitation into the Midwest and Northeast. Elsewhere, cooler air will overspread the West, accompanied by rain and snow showers in many locations. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 19-23 calls for above-normal temperatures from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains, while colder-than-normal conditions will prevail from the western and central Gulf Coast States into the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Atlantic Coast States and from the Pacific Northwest to the northern High Plains.

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