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Date: 11/2/2020

Title: Weather Whiplash

After a shot of winter weather for many areas of the nation at the end of October, the first several days of November will be quite mild and fair across a large part of the nation. One tendency we have experienced across the nation since early September, is the tendency for wild temperature swings, especially across the northern and western areas of the USA.

As we start November, expect more weather whiplash. Most of this week will bring mild temperatures and fair weather to many. The graphic below shows temperatures relative to normal across the nation by midweek. Note that most of the nation except for the far southeast will have above normal temperatures. Beef producers should take advantage of this nice break in the weather before bigger changes arrive by this weekend and into next week.

By this weekend and into early next week, however, it will be a completely different story as a large storm system will drop south into the western states allowing Pacific moisture and Canadian air to drop south into the USA next week. The graphic below shows temperatures relative to normal by next Monday.

Very cold air will hit the West Coast, Great Basin, Rockies and Northern Plains. The warmer temperatures will be pushed in the eastern USA, however, the cold air will eventually push east across the rest of the nation by late next week.

Beef producers need to be prepared for some more weather whiplash over the next two weeks, especially in the north and west.