In the West, stormy weather continues to engulf the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. The storminess is also providing beneficial moisture for Northwestern winter grains. Meanwhile, late-autumn fieldwork is proceeding under mild, dry conditions in California and the Southwest.
On the Plains, rain has ended in most areas, although showers linger across eastern portions of Kansas and Texas. The departing storm did not bring appreciable drought relief to major winter wheat production areas in Texas, where the crop was 91% planted and 63% emerged by November 20. In addition, nearly half (49%) of Texas’ winter wheat was rated in very poor to poor condition, along with 62% of the state’s oats.
In the Corn Belt, rain stretches from Missouri and southern Iowa into the Ohio Valley. Nearly one-third (31%) of Ohio’s corn remained in the field on November 20, along with 7% of the state’s soybeans. In addition, 5% of Ohio’s winter wheat had not yet been planted by the 20th.
In the South, showers and thunderstorms are sweeping into the region. However, late-season fieldwork— including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting—continues in the Southeast. Approximately one-fifth of the cotton remains in the field in Georgia (79% harvested) and Alabama (80%).
Outlook: A storm system currently centered over the Mid-South will drift northeastward, reaching the northern Atlantic Coast by mid-week. Rain will precede and accompany the storm, but snow can be expected from the Adirondacks into Maine. However, dry weather will return to the eastern U.S. for Thanksgiving Day, November 24. Farther west, persistent storminess will affect the Northwest, with as much as 4 to 8 inches of precipitation expected in the Pacific Northwest during the next 5 days. Unsettled weather will develop in parts of the Southwest on Thanksgiving Day, followed by the late-week arrival of precipitation across the nation’s mid-section. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 27 – December 1 calls for below-normal precipitation from California eastward to the Plains and lower Mississippi Valley, while wetter-than-normal conditions will prevail in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes region, and Atlantic Coast States as far south as the Carolinas. Meanwhile, above-normal temperatures across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with colder-than-normal weather in the Southeast.