In the West, isolated showers are confined to the central and southern Rockies. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including Northwestern winter wheat planting.
On the Plains, warm, dry weather continues to delay winter wheat seeding across the northwestern half of the region, as some producers are awaiting moisture. Farther south, recently planted wheat is benefiting from recent and ongoing shower activity. In the last 24 hours, locations such as Springfield, Colorado, and Liberal, Kansas, have received more than 1½ inches of rain.
In the Corn Belt, cool conditions linger in portions of the Great Lakes region. For example, widespread frost was noted this morning in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Farther south, beneficial precipitation is gradually ending, although showers continue in parts of Indiana, Ohio, and southern Missouri.
In the South, a few showers and thunderstorms are edging into the northern fringe of the region, including Kentucky and northern Arkansas. Showers also persist across southern Florida. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting.
Outlook: A slow-moving cold front draped from the southern Plains into the northern Mid-Atlantic region will drift southward. The front will remain the focus for showers and thunderstorms, resulting in additional rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches. In addition, tropical moisture associated with the remnants of former eastern Pacific Hurricane Miriam will interact with the front across Texas and later the Gulf Coast region. Five-day rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches may occur from central and southern Texas to Florida’s panhandle. In contrast, very warm, dry weather will persist across much of the West and from the northern Plains into the upper Midwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for October 2-6 calls for above-normal temperatures in New England and much of the West, while coolerthan- normal conditions will develop from the eastern Plains into the Mississippi Valley. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Great Lakes region and much of the East.