Weather report: Warming up in the West

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In the West, mostly dry weather accompanies a warming trend. With respect to crop development, warmth is especially beneficial in California and the Northwest.

On the Plains, a few thunderstorms linger across southern areas. Meanwhile on the central Plains, mild, dry weather favors winter wheat harvesting, although pastures and rain-fed summer crops are in need of moisture. In Colorado, 55% of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on June 10.

In the Corn Belt, dry, cooler weather prevails, following beneficial showers. Among the major Midwestern States, at least 10% of the corn and soybeans were rated in very poor to poor condition on June 10 in Missouri (18 and 27%, respectively), Indiana (15 and 16%), and Illinois (10 and 12%).

In the South, showers and thunderstorms linger in the vicinity of a cold front. Precipitation is especially beneficial in the Mid-South and lower Mississippi Valley, where—prior to the rain’s arrival—more than half (57%) of the pastures were rated very poor to poor condition in Arkansas.

Outlook: A slow-moving cold front will move through the East today but stall across the South. In both regions, additional rainfall totals of as much as 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, can be expected. During the midto late-week period, a new cold front crossing the northern Plains and upper Midwest will trigger widespread showers and thunderstorms. In contrast, dry weather will prevail through week’s end in the West, except along the Canadian border. Temperatures will remain at near-normal levels in much of the U.S., although a late-week warming trend will affect the Plains and the Midwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 17-21 calls for hotter-than-normal conditions across the eastern half of the U.S., excluding the Deep South, while below-normal temperatures will prevail across southern Florida and the West. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal weather across Florida’s peninsula and from the northern Rockies into the western Corn Belt will contrast with below-normal rainfall in New England and the south-central U.S.


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