Recent rains benefit much of the central Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Pastures and some soybeans continue to benefit from the recent turn toward cooler weather, as well as last week’s scattered showers—which were heaviest in the central Corn Belt.

On the Plains, hot, weather has returned to Montana, while mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the region. The central Plains, in particular, remain in desperate need of moisture for rangeland, pastures, and immature summer crops.

In the South, widespread showers in the Atlantic Coast States are slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable conditions for pastures and immature summer crops. Meanwhile in the Mid-South, including Arkansas, some rain fell last week but much more is needed to significantly ease drought.

In the West, several large wildfires remain active across the northern half of the region, especially in Idaho and northern California. The Rush fire has burned more than 270,000 acres near of Ravendale, California, while the Halstead, Trinity Ridge, Mustang, and Minidoka complexes have charred nearly 100,000 acres apiece in Idaho. Farther south, scattered showers dot the Four Corners States.

During the first half of the week, showery weather will linger across the middle and southern Atlantic.  States. Scattered showers will also continue in the Southwest. Late in the week, a cold front will cross the Plains and the Midwest, generating scattered showers and thunderstorms. Prior to the front’s passage, most areas from the Plains to the East Coast will experience a return to near- or above-normal temperatures.

Toward week’s end, favorably cooler air will arrive in the Northwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions along the Pacific Coast and in parts of the Midwest and northern Rockies. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the nation’s northern tier from eastern North Dakota into the Great Lakes region and in the Atlantic Coast States from South Carolina to southern Maine.

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