Weather report: Rain slows fieldwork in the Midwest

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In the West, a storm centered over the Great Basin and the Intermountain region continues to produce rain and snow showers. Despite cool conditions, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork in California and the Southwest. On October 27, California’s cotton harvest was 70% complete, well ahead of the 5-year average of 36%.

On the Plains, cold weather across the northern half of the region contrasts with above-normal temperatures from southern Kansas to Texas. Rain is slowing or halting fieldwork in a few areas, including the east-central Plains. Among the Plains States, winter wheat emergence on October 27 ranged from 56 to 94% (in Texas and Nebraska, respectively). Nearly two-thirds (61%) of the U.S. winter wheat was rated good to excellent.

In the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork. However, light snow is developing in parts of the upper Midwest, while rain is overspreading the southwestern Corn Belt. The soybean harvest, 77% complete nationally on October 27, is nearing completion—more than 90% finished—in Minnesota and Nebraska.

In the South
, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.

Outlook: For the remainder of today, light snow and freezing rain will affect South Dakota’s Black Hills and neighboring areas in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. By mid-week, snow showers will subside across the Intermountain West, while heavy rain will erupt from the eastern Plains into the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys. Storm-total rainfall could reach 2 to 5 inches from eastern Texas into the middle Mississippi Valley. A broader area, from the eastern Plains to the Appalachians, could receive rainfall totaling an inch or more. Toward week’s end, the storm system responsible for the precipitation will move into eastern Canada, with a trailing cold front sweeping across the Atlantic Coast. Brief warmth across the Midwest, South, and East will be replaced by cooler conditions in the cold front’s wake. Meanwhile, late-week temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels in the West. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 3-7 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures across the majority of the U.S., while cooler-than-normal conditions will be confined to the northern High Plains and the West. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across much of the country will contrast with drier-thannormal weather along the Atlantic Seaboard and from California into the Southwest.

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