USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold, dry weather is promoting late-season fieldwork. On Nov. 24, the sunflower harvest was 80% complete, USDA adds. "On the same date, the Plains’ cotton harvest ranged from 55% complete in Kansas to 72% complete in Texas," USDA continues. Lubbock, Texas, still has an inch of snow on the ground in the wake of recent storminess, which slowed cotton harvesting and other fieldwork, but provided some relief from long-term drought, according to USDA.
In the West, USDA reports dry weather accompanies a rapid warming trend. "Cool conditions linger, however, in the southern Rockies," USDA adds. The mild, dry conditions favor a return to fieldwork in California and the Desert Southwest, following drought-easing precipitation, USDA reports.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says cold, mostly dry weather prevails. "Late-season corn harvest efforts are advancing where fields have frozen," USDA continues. Among the major corn production states, only Wisconsin (82% harvested), Michigan (84%) and North Dakota (86%) had more than one-tenth of their crop left in the field by Nov. 24, USDA details.
In the South, locally heavy rain is falling east of the Mississippi Delta and along the central Gulf Coast, USDA explains. The rain is halting fieldwork, including cotton harvesting, it adds. "On Nov. 24, more than one-quarter of the cotton remained in the field in Tennessee (68% harvested), South Carolina (73%) and Georgia (73%)," USDA details. Meanwhile, freezing rain is causing some travel disruptions in the southern Appalachians, according to USDA.
In its outlook, USDA says a low-pressure system currently centered near Florida’s panhandle will move northeastward, reaching New England on Wednesday. "Storm-total precipitation could reach 2 to 5 inches in the eastern U.S.," USDA reports. On Nov. 26-27, USDA explains heavy rain may cause pre-holiday travel disruptions in the major East Coast cities, while freezing rain and snow will be a concern in the Appalachians and adjacent foothills. "In addition, precipitation may end as a period of accumulating snow on Wednesday, even in the major East Coast cities," USDA explains. By Thanksgiving Day, however, tranquil weather will cover much of the U.S., with mild weather in the West contrasting with cold conditions from the Plains to the East Coast, according to USDA. "Generally dry weather will continue through the weekend, except for an increase in precipitation in the Northwest," USDA elaborates.