Cool, showery weather across much of the Corn Belt
In the Corn Belt, cool weather and widespread showers are slowing fieldwork, including early-season corn harvesting. Some of the heaviest rain is falling in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and from Michigan southward into the middle Ohio Valley.
On the Plains, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting. However, wheat planting is behind schedule on the southern Plains due to concerns related to drought-depleted moisture reserves. Monday’s high temperatures may exceed 100° in parts of southern and southwestern Texas.
In the South, warm, humid weather prevails in the Atlantic Coast States and along the Gulf Coast. Wet weather in Florida is causing some fieldwork delays. A few showers also stretch from the middle Ohio Valley southward into the central Gulf Coast States.
In the West, showers are spreading into the Pacific Northwest. Cool conditions prevail along the immediate Pacific Coast, but warm, dry weather elsewhere is promoting fieldwork and crop maturation.
A cool, showery weather pattern will linger for much of the week across the Midwest, but warm, dry regime will continue across the western half of the U.S.—except for a continuation of wet weather in the Pacific Northwest. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast.
Late in the week, very cool air will overspread the eastern one-third of the U.S., while record-setting warmth will persist on the northern High Plains.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures in northern New England and from the Pacific Coast to the Plains and upper Midwest, while cooler-than-normal weather will be confined to the Ohio Valley and the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, and parts of the Southwest.