Across the Corn Belt, rain is encroaching from the west, in conjunction with a cold front, and falling across Missouri and environs, associated with Tropical Depression Cristobal. Early Tuesday morning, Cristobal was centered about 80 miles east-southeast of Springfield, Missouri, moving northward at 25 mph. Meanwhile, warm, dry weather in the eastern Corn Belt continues to promote winter wheat maturation and a rapid pace of corn and soybean growth.
On the Plains, a low-pressure system is centered over western Kansas. Cool, windy weather is arriving across most of the region, although hot, humid conditions linger on the southeastern Plains. Significant precipitation—a cool, wind-driven rain—is falling early Tuesday from eastern Colorado into parts of the Dakotas. Drought continues to worsen, however, across the southern High Plains.
In the South, locally heavy showers linger across the northern Mississippi Delta, following the departure of Cristobal. Scattered showers are also occurring in the eastern Gulf Coast region. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather favors summer crop development.
In the West, freezes were reported again Tuesday across parts of the northern Great Basin. Portions of western Colorado and environs also experienced sub-freezing temperatures. In contrast, above-normal temperatures are returning across much of California. Elsewhere, snow is blanketing the central Rockies early Tuesday, while precipitation is overspreading the Pacific Northwest.
The remnants of Cristobal will continue to move northward across the Midwest, reaching Lake Superior early Wednesday. Meanwhile, a cold front will press eastward, generating widespread rainfall on the central Plains Tuesday and across the Midwest and East through mid-week. Showers and thunderstorms will linger along the Atlantic Seaboard through Thursday. In the wake of Cristobal and the cold front, a period of tranquil weather will prevail nearly nationwide. Late in the week, however, cool, showery weather will return across the Northwest. In contrast, little or no rain will fall during the next 5 days from central and southern California to the southern Plains. Elsewhere, cool weather will replace previously warm conditions in the Midwest, while heat will return late in the week across portions of the nation’s mid-section.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or below-normal temperatures east of the Mississippi River and in much of the West, while hotter-than-normal conditions will prevail on the Plains and along and near the California coast. Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in southern Florida and the Northwest.