Summer-like across much of the Heartland...
Across the Corn Belt, showers associated with a cold front are affecting some areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather is allowing producers to proceed with corn and soybean planting activities that have been frequently delayed by cool, soggy conditions.
On the Plains, very cool, rainy weather lingers across parts of North Dakota and eastern Montana, where producers have struggled to plant summer crops. Meanwhile, slightly cooler air is overspreading the drought-ravaged southern High Plains, following weekend temperatures that topped 100° as far north as southwestern Kansas. Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front are ending across the east-central and southeastern Plains.
In the South, hot, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development, although drought is maintaining stress on pastures and rain-fed summer crops in the western Gulf Coast region and the lower Southeast.
In the West, cool, showery conditions persist in the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere in the West, below-normal temperatures continue to hamper crop development and delay the peak snow-melt season.
Cool weather will persist through week’s end in California, but warmer weather will gradually overspread the Northwest.
Farther east, the central and southern Plains will experience a mid- to late-week surge of heat, while above-normal temperatures will prevail across much of the eastern one-third of the U.S.
During the next 5 days, rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches from the Pacific Northwest to the upper Midwest. In contrast, little or no rain will fall in the Southeast and Southwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures from the central and southern Plains to the East Coast, while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail across the northern High Plains and much of the West. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions from the northern Rockies into the Great Lakes region.