Weather report: Warm and dry in the South

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In the West, cool, showery weather in the Pacific Northwest contrasts with warm, dry weather across the remainder of the region. Warmth is especially beneficial in California, where planting activities for crops such as cotton and rice have been lagging the normal pace.

On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms from Kansas to Texas are benefiting pastures, winter wheat, and emerged summer crops. However, drought-breaking rains continue to largely bypass the southern High Plains. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather prevails across the northern half of the Plains, following last week’s beneficial rainfall.

In the Corn Belt, a band of showers stretches from Michigan to Missouri. The rain is slowing summer crop planting efforts but boosting moisture reserves for pastures, winter grains, and emerging corn.

In the South, warm, mostly dry weather is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop growth. Showers and thunderstorms are confined to southern Florida and the northwestern fringe of the region (e.g. northwestern Arkansas).

Outlook: For the remainder of the week, a warm weather pattern will cover the majority of the U.S., although chilly conditions will persist early in the week along the Atlantic Coast. Other exceptions to the warmth will include the Northwest, where below-normal temperatures will prevail, and California, which will experience a cooling trend. Meanwhile, a series of disturbances will traverse the nation’s northern tier, generating scattered showers and thunderstorms. During the next 5 days, rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches may occur in the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, and from the Midwest into the Northeast. In contrast, dry weather will prevail from central and southern California to the southern High Plains. In the Southeast, significant rainfall will be confined to southern Florida. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 5-9 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in New England. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the upper Midwest and parts of the Southeast.



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