Across the Corn Belt, mild weather, scattered showers, and abundant soil moisture reserves continue to provide a nearly ideal environment for developing corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, the Midwestern soft red winter wheat harvest is advancing as conditions permit.
On the Plains, thunderstorms are slowing the winter wheat harvest across central portions of the region, including parts of Kansas. Hot, historically dry conditions persist on the southern Plains, while sunny, mild weather favors crop development on the northern Plains.
In the South, tropical showers continue to ease drought across Florida’s peninsula. Elsewhere in the Southeast, pastures and summer crops are benefiting from recent topsoil moisture improvements, although more rain is needed due to a continuation of hot weather.
In the West, monsoon showers dot the Great Basin and Intermountain region. Meanwhile, favorably warm, dry weather continues to promote crop development across the interior Northwest.
During the next 5 days, tropical moisture interacting with a series of cold fronts will spark widespread showers and thunderstorms. Some of the heaviest rain will affect the southern Atlantic States, where totals of 1 to 3 inches can be expected.
Locally heavy rain will also fall in the Four Corners States and from the northern and central Plains into the upper Midwest and the Mid-South. However, hot, dry weather will persist into next week in the south-central U.S.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures and precipitation nearly nationwide. Cooler-than-normal weather will be confined to the Far West, while drier-than-normal conditions will be limited to Northeast, southern California, and the drought-ravaged south-central U.S.