More rain needed across the central and southern Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean development, although pockets of developing drought exist. One of the driest parts of the Midwest stretches from southern Iowa into central Indiana.
On the Plains, showers are causing some minor small grain harvest delays across northern areas. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms continue to provide limited drought relief across the parched southern Plains.
In the South, hot weather is maintaining heavy irrigation demands and stressing rain-fed crops, although scattered showers and thunderstorms are helping to offset the heat’s effects in a few areas.
In the West, warm, mostly dry weather favors crop development and fieldwork, including Northwestern winter wheat harvesting. A few showers are returning to the Southwest, following a lull in the monsoon.
During the next several days, most of the country will experience a break from the heat of summer. However, above-normal temperatures will persist across the Deep South, particularly from the southern Plains into the Southeast. In addition, heat will begin to build during the weekend across the northern Plains and the Northwest.
Meanwhile, a fairly active weather pattern will result in scattered showers in many areas. Some of the highest 5-day rainfall totals, generally 1 to 3 inches, will occur from the Mid-South into the East. Occasional showers will also dot the Plains, Midwest, and Southwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for a return to near- to above-normal temperatures and near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the nation. Cooler-than-normal conditions will be confined to the Southeast and along the Pacific Coast, while wetter-than-normal weather will be limited to scattered areas across the nation’s northern tier.