USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, harvest activities remain on hold in some areas during a transition toward cooler weather. "Scattered showers are most numerous in the upper Midwest," USDA reports.
In the West, warm, dry weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork, including Northwestern winter wheat planting, USDA explains. "The cotton harvest is advancing in Arizona, while the rice harvest is underway in California," USDA says.
On the Plains, USDA says cooler air is overspreading the northern half of the region. "Meanwhile, late-season heat persists on the drought-stricken southern Plains, where today's high temperatures will once again approach, reach, or exceed 100°F in parts of Texas," USDA reports.
"In the South, summer crop harvesting and other fieldwork activities are advancing during a final day of very warm conditions," USDA says.
USDA's outlook says a strong cold front crossing the upper Midwest will reach the East Coast on Friday, helping to sweep away a pesky storm that has been plaguing the Great Lakes and Northeastern States.
"Before cooler, drier air arrives, additional rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast," USDA adds. During the weekend, USDA says widespread frost can be expected in the Midwest and as far south as the central Appalachians. "Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail into the weekend, along with record-setting warmth across the western half of the U.S." USDA continues. By early next week, however, USDA reports a cold front arriving in the Northwest will help to draw tropical moisture northward into the Four Corners States.