US Weather Helping Harvest Progress

Dry and warmer weather is building across the Midwest, promoting an acceleration of corn harvesting, USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility reported Thursday. In many areas, the soybean harvest is complete or nearing completion.

Elsewhere in the U.S.:

In the West, a few showers are developing across northern and central California in advance of a Pacific storm system. Warm, dry weather elsewhere favors fieldwork, although rain is needed for Northwestern winter grain establishment.

On the Plains, very warm weather favors rapid growth of winter grains. Across the central and southern Plains, warmth is promoting maturation and harvesting of late-developing summer crops.

In the South, chilly conditions linger from the Delta to the Atlantic Coast. However, temperatures are generally not as low as those observed on Wednesday morning, when the growing season ended across much of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Harvest activities for crops such as cotton, peanuts, and soybeans continue under a cool, dry weather regime.

Near-term Outlook: For today, rain and snow showers will end across the Northeast, as an early-season winter storm moves away. In the storm’s wake, high pressure will dominate much of the nation. Above-normal temperatures will prevail nationwide, except along and near the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, into early next week. On parts of the Plains, temperatures will average more than 20 degrees F above normal. Meanwhile, precipitation will increase in coverage and intensity during the next few days in northern California and the Northwest. By early next week, as much as 4 to 7 inches of precipitation may occur in the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada.

Extended Outlook: The National Weather Service 6- to 10-day outlook for November 4-8 calls for above-normal temperatures across much of the eastern half of the U.S., while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail from the High Plains westward. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal weather from the Pacific Coast to the Mississippi Valley (excluding the Southwest) will contrast with below-normal precipitation from the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain into New England.