Comfortably cool across the Midwest
In the Corn Belt, a few showers linger across eastern areas. Cool conditions persist across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, but warm, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean maturation in the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, late-season warmth in Montana and the Dakotas continues to promote small grain harvesting and other fieldwork. Winter wheat planting is underway (6% complete on September 4) in South Dakota. Farther south, scattered showers are overspreading the central High Plains, but dry weather persists in much of Texas. Numerous wildfires continue to burn on the southern Plains; the 33,000-acre Bastrop County complex, near Austin, Texas, has alone consumed more than 500 structures.
In the South, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee, but locally heavy showers linger in the southern Atlantic States. Localized flooding is subsiding from the central Gulf Coast region to the western slopes of the southern Appalachians. Producers in the central Gulf Coast region continue to assess the crop impacts of Lee’s heavy rain and gusty winds.
In the West, isolated showers are mostly confined to the central and southern Rockies. Elsewhere, late-season warmth favors fieldwork and crop maturation. Winter wheat planting is underway in parts of the Northwest, with 16% of the crop sown by September 4 in Washington.
During the next several days, warm, mostly dry weather across the North and West will contrast with cool conditions across the remainder of the U.S.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee will continue to generate heavy showers and localized flooding in the northern Mid-Atlantic States. Showers will also linger across the eastern Corn Belt and Florida’s peninsula.
Elsewhere, shower activity will be mostly confined to the Four Corners States.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the interior Southeast and the Ohio Valley, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in southern Florida and from the Pacific Coast to the Plains. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall in the south-central U.S. and from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the East and Southwest.