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Wet weather across much of the Midwest Corn Belt; seasonally mild on the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, rain is halting late-season fieldwork, mainly east of the Mississippi River.  In Michigan, 79% of the corn and 96% of the soybeans had been harvested by November 26.  On that date, more than one-tenth of the corn was also still standing in Wisconsin (85% harvested) and Ohio (86%).  Farther west, some wet snow is falling early today in southern Iowa and environs.  

On the Plains, dry weather prevails.  Friday’s high temperatures will remain below 40°F throughout the northern and central Plains, although such readings are not unusual for this time of year.  Meanwhile, drought impacts linger in Texas, despite recent precipitation.  For example, 58% of the rangeland and pastures in Texas were rated in very poor to poor condition on November 26. 

In the South, rain has mostly moved east of the Mississippi River, although thunderstorms linger near the central Gulf Coast.  Meanwhile, dry weather accompanies lingering warmth in the western Gulf Coast region.  With the Southern drought beginning to ease, positive impacts include a reduced wildfire threat and improved moisture levels for pastures, winter grains, and cover crops. 

In the West, stormy weather has returned along the northern Pacific Coast, with rain and snow showers extending inland as far east as the northern Rockies and northern Intermountain West.  Northwestern precipitation continues to boost soil moisture for winter wheat and other fall-sown crops.   

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