Recent rains wind-down across the eastern Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. A few showers linger across the eastern Corn Belt, where recent rains have benefited corn, soybeans, and winter wheat, but have not completely eradicated short-term dryness.
On the Plains, cool weather accompanies isolated showers. Despite some late-month rainfall, May was a very dry month across large sections of the central and southern Plains, which has placed rain-fed summer crops and maturing winter wheat under increasing levels of stress.
In the South, cooler, mostly dry weather is overspreading areas from the Mississippi Delta westward. Meanwhile, beneficial showers are sweeping across the Southeast, where pockets of significant drought persist in areas not affected by Tropical Storm Beryl's recent passage.
In the West, building heat is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development. However, rangeland and pastures remain in terrible shape in much of Arizona and New Mexico, where reservoir storage is below average and several large wildfires continue to burn.
Showers and locally severe thunderstorms will sweep across the eastern U.S. through the remainder of Friday, followed by a cooler, drier weekend. Rain will persist for several more days, however, in the Northeast, where storm totals could reach 2 to 4 inches.
Meanwhile, a Western heat wave will begin to shift eastward, reaching the High Plains during the weekend. By early next week, cooler weather and widespread showers will return to the Northwest.
Early next week, a period of cool weather will gradually end across the eastern half of the U.S., except for a lingering chill in the Northeast.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for warmer- and drier-than-normal weather across the majority of the U.S. Below-normal temperatures will be confined to the middle and northern Atlantic Coastal Plain and areas along the Pacific Coast, while above-normal rainfall will be limited to the immediate Mid-Atlantic coast and areas adjacent to the Canadian border from the Pacific Northwest to Lake Superior.