Storms return to parts of the central Corn Belt...

Storms return to parts of the central Corn Belt...

Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from the lower Great Lakes region into Iowa. The storms are gradually closing a window of opportunity for late-season planting efforts in the eastern Corn Belt. Much cooler air trails the cold front.

On the Plains, a cold front is draped across the central Plains. Cool, showery weather across roughly the northern half of the region contrasts with relentless heat and drought on the southern High Plains.

In the South, hot, mostly dry weather is maintaining stress on pastures and rain-fed summer crops. On June 5, at least half of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition in Texas (74%), Georgia (67%), Louisiana (58%), Mississippi (51%), and Florida (50%).

In the West, a few rain and snow showers linger across the northern Rockies. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails, although temperatures are starting to rebound in the Pacific Coast States. Wildfire containment efforts are ongoing in parts of New Mexico and eastern Arizona.

A cold front crossing the central Plains and the Midwest will stall by week’s end, allowing hot, mostly dry conditions to persist across the nation’s southern tier. Most of the West will experience a gradual warming trend.

Meanwhile, 5-day rainfall totals should reach 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher totals, from the northern Plains into the Midwest and Northeast. A weak low-pressure system over the western Caribbean Sea will drift northward, possibly introducing beneficial showers into the southern Atlantic States.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures across the northern and western U.S., while hotter-than-normal weather will prevail from the southern Plains into the Southeast. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal rainfall across the majority of the nation will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Northwest and from California to Texas.

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