A winter “look & feel” across the Heartland
December 2, 2019 By Greg Soulje Filed Under: Uncategorized
Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly cloudy weather
lingers. Substantial snow covers roughly the northern half of the Midwest,
putting late-season corn and soybean harvesting on an indefinite hold. Monday early-morning
snow depths include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 3 inches
in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, most fields in the southern Corn Belt
are too wet to support fieldwork activities, following recent heavy rain.
On the Plains, snow covers roughly the northern half
of the region in the wake of back-to-back storms. The snow has halted
late-season harvest efforts but is providing insulation for winter wheat. Monday
early-morning snow depths include 8 inches in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and 5
inches in Billings, Montana. Meanwhile on the southern Plains, dry weather
accompanies a gradual warming trend, favoring cotton harvesting and other
In the South, short-term dryness continues to
intensify in several areas, including southern sections of Florida and Texas.
In contrast, recent downpours have left fields soggy across much of the
interior Southeast, including the Tennessee Valley and the northern Mississippi
Delta, slowing or halting final harvest efforts for crops such as cotton and
In the West, a storm system lurking offshore near
the Pacific coast is producing locally heavy rain and high-elevation snow in
northern and central California. Precipitation also extends inland across
portions of the northern Intermountain West. Elsewhere, Thanksgiving week
precipitation provided substantial drought relief in parts of the Southwest.
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