Warm, dry weather across the Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather favors late-season soybean planting efforts, as well as summer crop emergence and growth. Showers and thunderstorms are just starting to overspread the far upper Midwest.
On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms are sweeping across the Dakotas, closing a window of opportunity for late-season planting. Meanwhile, above-normal temperatures are returning to the central and southern High Plains, where Thursday’s high temperatures will approach 100°.
In the South, warm, dry weather in most areas is promoting soybean planting and final cotton and peanut planting efforts. However, a few showers and thunderstorms linger across the lower Southeast.
In the West, an enhanced wildfire risk persists in the Four Corners States, where dry, breezy weather prevails. Meanwhile, cool air has spread as far east as the northern Rockies, Intermountain West, and California. A Frost Advisory was in effect Thursday morning in the northern Great Basin. Farther north, beneficial showers are occurring across the northern tier of the region, including the northern Rockies.
Looking ahead, a system currently centered over southwestern Canada will drift generally eastward, maintaining showery, unsettled conditions across the northern tier of the U.S. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in the upper Midwest, with 1- to 2-inch totals possible elsewhere across the North. In contrast, little or no rain will fall across the southern half of the nation, except in the Southeast, where pesky showers and thunderstorms could result in 2 to 4 inches of rain. During the weekend, heat will build from the central Plains into the Midwest and Northeast. By early next week, hot weather will cover most areas east of the Rockies, while generally cool conditions will prevail in the West.
The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in portions of the Deep South and along the northern Pacific Coast. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal weather in an area arcing from California and the northern Intermountain West to the central and southern Plains.