Across the Corn Belt, pockets of lowland flooding persist across the middle and upper Mississippi Valley and the eastern Dakotas, but in many areas of the Midwest, sunny, dry weather is nearly ideal for corn and soybean development.
On the Plains, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development, including winter wheat maturation. The winter wheat harvest in Texas was 53% complete by June 7, compared to the 5-year average of 36%. Currently, cool conditions linger on the eastern Plains, but heat is returning across the southern Plains. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, Extreme Drought is affecting portions of southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and northern Texas.
In the South, locally heavy showers—accompanied by warm, humid conditions—continue in the southern Atlantic States. Mild, dry weather across the remainder of the region favors fieldwork and crop development. Among major winter wheat production states, Arkansas led the Southeast with 28% of its winter wheat harvested by June 7.
In the West, warm weather has replaced previously cool conditions. In addition, windy, dry weather across the Great Basin and environs is leading to an elevated wildfire threat. In fact, dry weather prevails throughout the region, except for scattered showers in the Pacific Northwest.
A cold front will stall near the middle and southern Atlantic Coast, contributing to lingering showers from Virginia to Florida that could total 2 to 4 inches or more. Much of the remainder of the country, from southern California to the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, will receive little or no rain during the next 5 days. Occasional precipitation will continue, however, in the Northwest, while a few late-week showers will dot the central and southern Rockies. Elsewhere, warmth will shift eastward across portions of the nation’s mid-section, eventually leaving a ribbon of warmth sandwiched between separate areas of below-normal temperatures in the West and from the Mississippi Valley eastward.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures across much of the country, while cooler-than-normal conditions should be limited to the Southeast and Northwest. Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in southern Florida, the mid-Atlantic coastal plain, and the nation’s northern tier from Washington to northern Minnesota.