A big-range of temperatures across the Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, lingering cool conditions over the lower Great Lakes region contrast with record-setting warmth across southern and western portions of the region. Scattered frost was noted Monday morning from Michigan into New York, while Monday’s highs could again approach 90° in the southwestern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, warm, windy conditions prevail in conjunction with a developing storm system centered over western Kansas. Isolated rain showers dot the northern Plains, while cooler air is beginning to overspread the High Plains.
In the South, precipitation is mostly confined to North Carolina and the western Gulf Coast region. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather continues to promote a torrid pace of crop development, except in areas—such as the lower Southeast—where soil moisture shortages are hampering growth.
In the West, snow is falling in parts of Wyoming and neighboring areas. Elsewhere, generally cool, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching Pacific storm.
A slow-moving storm developing over the nation’s mid-section will drift eastward, reaching the southern Atlantic Coast by week’s end. Storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches from the central and southern Plains into the Southeast. At times, locally severe thunderstorms may accompany the rainfall.
Elsewhere, showery weather will continue from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, but generally dry conditions will prevail from southern California into the Rio Grande Valley.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in California. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in parts of southern and western Texas and from northern California to the northern Rockies, northern Plains, and far upper Midwest.