Tranquil weather; mild on much of the Plains
Across the Corn Belt, cloudy but dry weather prevails in most areas from the Mississippi Valley eastward. Although snow that fell last week in the eastern Corn Belt has largely melted, some fieldwork delays persist as producers attempt to complete the 2020 corn harvest. Meanwhile in the western Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting off-season farm activities; Monday’s high temperatures could reach 60° as far north as central South Dakota.
On the Plains, warm, dry weather is maintaining concerns in some areas regarding a lack of soil moisture for winter wheat. Monday’s high temperatures could reach or exceed 60° as far north as south-central and southeastern Montana. Windy weather is developing across Montana’s high plains, where wind gusts later Monday may exceed 60 mph.
In the South, rain is falling early Monday in the southern Atlantic States, hampering late-season harvest efforts. In parts of Virginia and environs, precipitation is falling as snow, or rain mixed with snow. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the South. In Louisiana, the sugarcane harvest was 64% complete by November 29, versus the 5-year average of 69%.
In the West, critical fire weather conditions have expanded across a larger area of southern California’s higher terrain, where very dry fuels, low humidity levels, and local winds in excess of 60 mph may cause erratic fire behavior in parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. California’s largest active wildfire, the 7,375-acre Bond Fire, has destroyed at least 28 structures in Orange County. Other areas of the West, except western Washington, are also experiencing dry weather.