On the Plains, relentless heat and devastating drought persist across the southern half of the region, with Texas’ rangeland and pastures currently rated 91% poor to very poor. In contrast, cool, showery weather on the northern Plains continues to delay crop development.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are replenishing topsoil moisture reserves from Iowa into the Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, unfavorably hot weather in the southern Corn Belt is renewing stress on reproductive corn and soybeans.
In the South, showers continue to provide drought relief in the central Gulf Coast region. Farther north, however, hot, dry weather is increasing stress on pastures and rain-fed summer crops.
In the West, generally dry, cooler-than-normal conditions prevail. Monsoon showers have temporarily diminished in the Four Corners States.
Tropical Storm Don, currently located in the southern Gulf of Mexico, is expected to track northwest toward Texas, bringing much-needed showers to southern portions of the state over the weekend.
Farther north, another heat wave – albeit less severe than last week’s – will build east from the Ohio Valley into the central and southern Atlantic Coast States; however, afternoon showers and thunderstorms will provide some heat relief in the Southeast by early next week.
Meanwhile, a weak frontal boundary will produce locally heavy showers over the western and northern Corn Belt, although the activity will diminish as the front drifts south and dissipates.
Monsoon showers will expand across the Southwest, while dry, increasingly hot conditions develop in the Great Basin and Pacific Coast States.
Little if any relief from exceptional drought is expected on the southern Plains over the next 7 days.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for hotter-than-normal weather nearly nationwide, with below-normal temperatures confined to the Pacific Coast States. Elsewhere, wetter-than-normal conditions will arc across the Four Corners region, northern Plains, Midwest, Ohio Valley, and southern Mid-Atlantic States, while the remainder of the U.S. will experience near- to below-normal rainfall.