USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, dry weather is maintaining significant stress on pastures, rangeland, and winter wheat. "On Nov. 25, both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels were rated more than 90% very short to short in Nebraska (96% and 98% very short to short, respectively) and Oklahoma (95% and 97%, respectively)," USDA reports.
In the West, USDA says stormy weather in northern and central California is halting fieldwork but benefiting pastures, rangeland and winter grains. "Unsettled weather also prevails from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies," USDA elaborates. In contrast, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including cotton harvesting, in the Desert Southwest, according to USDA.
In the Corn Belt, USDA explains chilly conditions linger in the Great Lakes region. "Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather favors final harvest efforts and off-season fieldwork activities," USDA adds.
In the South, mild air is starting to replace previously cool conditions, USDA explains. "Late-season fieldwork includes winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting," it continues.
In its outlook USDA says barrage of Pacific storms will continue into next week. "In addition to what has already fallen, five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in the northern Rockies, 4 to 8 inches in the Pacific Northwest and 6 to 12 inches in northern California," USDA elaborates. Farther east, however, USDA reports unfavorably dry conditions will persist across the Plains and southern Atlantic states. Elsewhere, a pair of disturbances will produce generally light precipitation (up to one inch) during the weekend and early next week from the Mid-South into the Great Lakes and Northeastern states, according to USDA. "Mild weather will continue to dominate the contiguous U.S. during the next several days; weekend temperatures will approach 70°F as far south as western South Dakota," USDA details. Any lingering cold air will be confined to the nation’s northern tier, it adds.