Limited fieldwork across the Midwest...

Limited fieldwork across the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, a storm centered over the upper Mississippi Valley is producing rain showers. Lowland flooding and cool, damp soils continue to limit corn planting and other spring fieldwork activities. Frost advisories were in effect Thursday morning across parts of Indiana and Ohio.

On the Plains, showers are occurring in Kansas along a cold front. Cool, dry weather prevails on the northern and southern Plains. Cool, wet soils continue to hamper fieldwork on the northern Plains, while drought-ravaged pastures and winter grains continue to suffer on the southern Plains.

In the South, cool, dry weather prevails. Frost advisories were in effect Thursday morning across eastern portions of Tennessee and Kentucky, western North Carolina, and southwestern Virginia. Clean-up and recovery efforts continue in the wake of April’s disastrous severe weather outbreaks.

In the West, scattered showers are confined to western portions of Washington and Oregon. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including California’s cotton and rice planting operations.

During the next 5 days, a series of weak disturbances will produce occasional showers across the northern two-thirds of the U.S. Precipitation totals could exceed an inch in the Northwest and the Midwest.  By early next week, a more significant storm will begin to take shape across the northern Plains and the Northwest. Mostly dry conditions will persist, however, across the nation’s southern tier.

During the weekend, cool weather will return to the West, while very warm weather will spread across the central and southern Plains.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the northern half of the U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail from the western Gulf Coast region into the Southeast. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation from northern portions of the Rockies and Plains into the Midwest and Mid-South will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from California to Florida, including the southern half of the High Plains. 

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