Weather report: Dry and warm on the Plains

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In the West, cool, wet weather is improving soil moisture for Northwestern winter wheat. Sunny skies have returned to California, promoting fieldwork and crop development. Elsewhere in the West, cool, mostly dry weather prevails.

On the Plains, showers linger in parts of Montana, while the rest of the region is dry and mostly warmer than normal. Pastures and winter grains on the northern and southern High Plains are benefiting from recent soil moisture improvements, but both regions would welcome additional rain.

In the Corn Belt, scattered showers are developing in western portions of the region, providing beneficial moisture in preparation for summer crop planting. Across the remainder of the Midwest, sunny skies are promoting fieldwork and early summer crop establishment.

In the South, mild weather lingers over the Atlantic Coast States. Locally heavy showers and thunderstorms are developing along a slow-moving cold front from the Delta into the Tennessee Valley, improving soil moisture for pastures and summer crops.

Outlook: A stationary front will generate occasional showers across the Southeast and southern Mid-Atlantic, although rain intensity and coverage will diminish with time. Meanwhile, a cold front will sweep across the northern and central Plains and Corn Belt, accompanied by periods of rain and cooler weather. This front may stall over the southern and eastern U.S. by week’s end, leading to potentially heavy rainfall in these locales over the weekend. Out west, cool, unsettled weather in the Northwest will contrast with sunny, increasingly warm conditions in California and the Southwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for April 22-26 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures from the Great Basin into the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Cooler-than-normal conditions are expected along the Eastern Seaboard and Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Pacific Northwest and northern portions of the Rockies and Great Plains.


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