A wide-range of temps across the Heartland; widespread moisture developing for some

Across the Corn Belt, a warming trend has commenced.  In fact, Thursday’s high temperatures should range from 60 to 70°F in parts of the western and southern Corn Belt, from South Dakota to Missouri.  As warmer air arrives in the Great Lakes States, producers are attempting to harvest any remaining corn.  Nearly 2 weeks ago, on November 26, only 4% of the national corn acreage had not been cut.   

On the Plains, dry weather accompanies record-setting warmth.  Wednesday’s high temperatures reached daily-record levels in locations such as Great Falls, Montana (64°F), Bismarck, North Dakota (66°F); Yuma, Colorado (68°F); and Russell, Kansas (72°F).  Similar temperatures will occur Thursday, except for slightly lower readings in Montana and North Dakota.  The warmth favors late-season fieldwork, as well as some additional development of winter wheat prior to dormancy.

In the South, advisories for frost were in effect early Thursday as far south as northern Florida.  Cool, dry weather throughout the South favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting. 

In the West, unsettled, showery weather prevails from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies.  Meanwhile, somewhat cooler Northwestern weather is lowering snow levels and helping to reduce runoff into still-swollen creeks and rivers.  Although most Pacific Northwestern rivers have begun to fall, some residual minor flooding is occurring.  A final day of warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the region, including the Southwest. 

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