Across the Corn Belt, some fruit crops in the lower Great Lakes region’s fruit belt have been harmed by a series of late-March and April freezes, following an extended period of unprecedented March warmth.
On the Plains, there’s been a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development of late. However, pockets of dryness and areas of Drought remain a concern on the High Plains.Much more rain is needed across the drought-affected lower Southeast.
In the West, the recent warm spell is further dimming summer run-off prospects across roughly the southern two-thirds of the West, as already meager snow packs are prematurely melting.
Looking ahead, a large area of cold high pressure will bring the threat of a weekend freeze to the Great Lakes region.