Weather Report: Favorable Planting Conditions In The Midwest, South

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In the West, rain and snow showers linger across the northern Rockies and the Intermountain region. Very cool weather throughout the West continues to slow crop development.

On the Plains, a strong storm is affecting the northern half of the region. In particular, showers and thunderstorms are soaking eastern Montana and parts of the Dakotas, while snow is blanketing portions of central and western Montana (mainly at elevations above 6,000 feet).

In the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are grazing the northwestern fringe of the region, including the eastern Dakotas. Across the remainder of the Midwest, very warm, dry weather favors planting activities and corn and soybean emergence and development.

In the South, cool, showery weather is confined to the southern Atlantic coastal region. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, winter wheat maturation, and summer crop growth. However, developing drought remains a concern in an area centered on Louisiana.

Outlook: For the remainder of the week, unusually cool weather will remain entrenched in the West, while warm conditions will prevail from the Plains to the East Coast. Periodic freezes will remain a concern in parts of the Great Basin and the Intermountain West, while occasional readings above 90 degrees F will occur as far north as the Great Lakes and Northeastern States. Some of the heaviest precipitation will occur from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains, where 5-day totals of 1 to 2 inches will be common. Showers and thunderstorms will be scattered across most of the remainder of the U.S. Meanwhile, a disturbance east of the Carolinas will be monitored for signs of tropical development. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 29 – June 2 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures across the nation’s mid-section, while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail across much of the East and West. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in southern Florida and the Northwest.




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