A somewhat typical early-July pattern...

A somewhat typical early-July pattern...

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms extend southward from the Great Lakes Region to the Ohio Valley, slowing the late stages of soybean planting.

On the Plains, unfavorable wetness lingers throughout many northern farming areas, a stark contrast to intensifying drought farther south.

In the South, the remnants of Tropical Storm Arlene are bringing rain to southern Texas, and a stalled frontal boundary continues to generate showers across the Florida peninsula. Warm, dry weather dominates the remainder of the region, although showers may develop later Friday in the Southeast.

In the West, cool, albeit clear weather promotes Northwestern fieldwork while maintaining relatively slow rates of growth for small grains. Hot weather advances development of cotton and other irrigated crops in California and the Southwest.

The system currently generating rain in the Great Plains and Midwest will move eastward over the next few days, bringing rain to the Northeast and hotter, more humid weather to the East Coast by the 4th. Portions of the Southeast may get some much-needed rain from developing thunderstorms, although some could be strong.

Meanwhile, no drought relief is in sight for the southern Plains.

Warmer weather is expected to develop throughout the West, aiding development of winter and spring wheat in recently cool northern areas. Dry weather is expected throughout the West, although monsoon showers are forecast to begin in the Southwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook for July 6-10 calls for wetter-than-normal weather over a broad area of the Nation stretching from the central and northern Rockies eastward to the entire Atlantic Seaboard.  Drier weather is expected to continue along the West Coast and in much of the Southwest. Near- to above normal temperatures are expected throughout the southern half of the country and in portions of the northern Rockies, with cool conditions expected to be confined to the northern Plains and western Great Lakes.



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