USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry weather is promoting fieldwork in the upper Midwest. "Elsewhere, rain is slowing corn and late-season soybean harvest activities, but replenishing soil moisture in areas still suffering from drought," USDA reports. Prior to the rainfall, on Oct. 27, topsoil moisture was rated more than half very short to short in Illinois (60%), Missouri (58%), and Iowa (53%), according to USDA.
In the West, USDA says temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, chilly conditions linger in the Southwest, USDA adds. "Dry weather favors fieldwork, although isolated showers have developed from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies," USDA explains.
On the Plains, USDA says showers and a few thunderstorms linger from Kansas southward into eastern Texas. "Conditions remain mostly favorable for winter wheat emergence and establishment, except for a few pockets of unfavorable dryness on the southern High Plains," USDA continues.
In the South, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms stretch from the northern Mississippi Delta to the western Gulf Coast, USDA reports. "Meanwhile, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork in the southern Atlantic states, although short-term dryness has reduced soil moisture availability," USDA explains. "On Oct. 27, topsoil moisture was rated more than half very short to short in South Carolina (65%) and Georgia (53%)," it elaborates.
In its outlook, USDA says during the next two days, a cold front will sweep across the eastern U.S. Additional rainfall could reach 2 to 4 inches from the northern Mississippi Delta to the western Gulf Coast, while 1- to 2-inch amounts will occur in portions of the Great Lakes region. "Rainfall amounts will diminish closer to the Atlantic Seaboard," USDA explains. In the front’s wake, weekend snow showers will develop downwind of the Great Lakes, USDA adds. "Meanwhile, a new storm system will begin to take shape across the West, resulting in rain and snow showers," USDA reports. By early next week, another energetic, moisture-laden cold front will arrive across the nation’s midsection, according to USDA.