Weather Report: Rapid Crop Development In The Southwest, Cool & Dry In The Corn Belt

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In the West, the latest surge of cool air is expanding across northern areas, accompanied by scattered showers. Cool conditions are also returning to California, but hot weather is promoting rapid crop development in the Southwest.

On the Plains, locally severe thunderstorms linger across the southern half of the region, particularly across southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma. Between storms, winter wheat harvesting continues on the southern Plains, as conditions permit. Meanwhile on the northern Plains, persistently cool weather is slowing the development of winter wheat and spring-sown small grains.

In the Corn Belt, cooler, drier air is spreading across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms persist in parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Midwestern corn and soybeans continue to benefit from favorable temperatures and abundant soil moisture.

In the South, very warm, dry weather prevails in most areas, but showers and thunderstorms are encroaching from the west (e.g. eastern Texas) and north (e.g. Kentucky and Tennessee). In general, increasingly showery weather is beneficial for pastures and rain-fed summer crops.

Outlook: Cool weather will expand across the West, reaching the Plains and upper Midwest during the weekend. Meanwhile, a brief surge of heat will spread across the South, East, and lower Midwest. By early next week, the West will experience a warming trend. During the next 5 days, rainfall totals could locally reach 2 to 4 inches from the central Plains into the northern Mid-Atlantic States. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 14-18 calls for above-normal temperatures nearly nationwide, with the greatest likelihood of hot weather covering the western half of the U.S. Near- to below-normal temperatures will be confined to the Great Lakes and Northeastern States. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions in the north-central and southeastern U.S. will contrast with near- to-below-normal rainfall elsewhere. Dry weather will be most likely in the Great Basin, Texas, and New England.




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