Benefical rains across the Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers and thunderstorms are slowing a previously rapid pace of fieldwork. Although recent rainfall has caused pockets of lowland flooding in several areas, including southeastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota, precipitation remains generally beneficial for emerging summer crops. Currently, rain has ended across the upper Midwest but continues farther south and east.
On the Plains, cool conditions prevail, following an extended period of warm weather. In addition, a chilly rain is falling on the central High Plains, while showers are gradually ending across eastern Kansas.
In the South, warm weather continues to promote winter wheat maturation and rapid summer crop growth. Showers and thunderstorms are moving into the Mid-South, curtailing fieldwork but moistening dry topsoils and benefiting recently planted summer crops.
In the West, precipitation is confined to the central Rockies, where late-season snow is falling. Cool, dry weather prevails across the remainder of the West, except for a return to warm conditions in the Pacific Coast States.
A cold front currently stretching from the Midwest to the southern Plains will drift southeastward, generating widespread showers and thunderstorms. Additional rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches across the East and lower Midwest.
By mid-week, the tail of the cold front will stall across the south-central U.S. As a result, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches in central and southern Texas.
Elsewhere, generally dry weather will prevail west of the Rockies.
During the mid- to late-week period, some frost may occur in parts of the North, including the Great Lakes region, northern Plains, and interior Northwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures across the Midwest and South, while warmer-than-normal weather will cover New England, the northern Plains, and the West. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in New England and from the western Gulf Coast region northward into the east-central Plains and the middle Mississippi Valley.