A change in weather underway for the Heartland


A change in weather underway for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, precipitation (rain and snow) arriving from the southwest is overspreading parts of Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. Meanwhile, a cold front stretching from Michigan to Missouri represents the demarcation between cooler air to the northwest and lingering above-normal temperatures (highs of 60 to 65° later Friday) in the Ohio Valley. A few eastern Corn Belt fields, mainly corn, have not yet been harvested.

On the Plains, seasonable temperatures have returned across most of the region. Warmth lingers, however, in Texas, excluding the northern panhandle. Across the central and southern Plains, patchy precipitation—including some snow from northeastern Colorado into southern Nebraska—accompanies the transition to cooler weather across. The precipitation, albeit light, is providing highly beneficial moisture for drought-stressed winter wheat.

In the South, mild, dry weather in advance of an approaching cold front favors fieldwork, including late-season cotton and soybean harvest efforts in the southern Atlantic States. Rain showers are just starting to overspread the western fringe of the region, from the Ozark Plateau southward into eastern Texas.

In the West, cloudiness is increasing across northern California and the Pacific Northwest in advance of approaching storminess. However, most of the Northwest is experiencing dry weather, aside from a few rain and snow showers in Washington and northwestern Oregon. Thursday’s beneficial but fleeting precipitation in the Four Corners States has ended, except for lingering snow showers in Colorado and environs.