Recent rains bypass driest areas of the Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers are ending across eastern portions of the region. Recent and ongoing Midwestern rainfall is benefiting pastures and filling summer crops, but largely bypassed some of the driest areas of the southern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, a few thundershowers are developing across Montana in conjunction with an approaching cold front. Elsewhere, hot, dry weather prevails. Record-breaking heat and drought persist on the southern Plains, where 98% of the rangeland and pastures in Texas are rated in very poor to poor condition.
In the South, showers are mostly confined to Florida’s peninsula. Elsewhere, dry weather accompanies late-season heat. Hurricane recovery efforts continue in the southern Mid-Atlantic region.
In the West, cooler air is arriving along the Pacific Coast. In the Northwest, cool air has reached as far east as the northern Rockies. Very warm conditions prevail elsewhere in the West, while dry weather continues to promote late-summer fieldwork.
Late in the week and during the Labor Day weekend, showers will become more numerous across hurricane-affected areas of the Northeast.
Meanwhile, occasional showers will affect the northern Plains and the Midwest, although most locations will receive less than an inch of rain.
A more significant area of rain will develop over the Gulf of Mexico and may begin to affect the Gulf Coast States by week’s end. In addition, there is the potential for development of a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico during the next several days.
Elsewhere, cooler air will temporarily overspread the Northwest, reaching the Plains and Midwest during the holiday weekend.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures in the southern Atlantic region and across the western half of the U.S., while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail from the middle Mississippi Valley into the Mid-Atlantic States. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions along the Gulf Coast and in the East and southern Rockies.