USDA November Weather Summary -- Text Highlights

December 10, 2013 05:48 AM

Mild, late-autumn weather across Florida's peninsula and much of the West contrasted with persistently chilly conditions across the majority of the Midwest, South, and East. The Western warmth, accompanied by a dearth of storminess, led to a sluggish start to the snow-accumulation season in high-elevation areas from the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada to the Intermountain West. However, mid-month storminess in the Southwest produced heavy mountain snowfall and provided some relief from long-term drought.

Meanwhile, abundant precipitation allowed the Northern Plains' winter wheat to slip into dormancy under favorable conditions. On the southern High Plains, however, drought led to deteriorating conditions for winter wheat, with more than one-quarter (28 percent) of the crop in Texas rated in very poor to poor condition by November 24.

Farther east, there was enough dry weather during the first half of November to allow Midwestern corn and soybean harvesting to near completion. However, some corn was still drying down when mid-to late-month storminess slowed or halted fieldwork. By November 24, only Wisconsin (82 percent harvested), Michigan (84 percent), and North Dakota (86 percent) had more than one-tenth of their corn left in the field.

Elsewhere, cool, dry weather for much of the month favored late-season fieldwork-including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting- in the Southeast. However, a pre-Thanksgiving storm slowed or halted fieldwork in the East, but provided relief from short-term dryness. The same pre-holiday storm also caused a variety of travel disruptions, particularly due to ice and snow in the south-central U.S.




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