Weather report: Cool and rainy in the Plains

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In the West, an enhanced wildfire risk persists in the Four Corners States , where hot weather prevails. In contrast, markedly cooler air is overspreading California , the Great Basin , and the Northwest . Beneficial showers accompany the cooler conditions across the interior Northwest .

On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to provide local drought relief in a few areas, including Texas’ northern panhandle and western sections of Oklahoma and Kansas . Meanwhile on the northern Plains , warm weather is promoting final planting efforts, as well as crop emergence and growth.

In the Corn Belt, dry weather favors late-season soybean plan ting. Cool weather lingers across the eastern Corn Belt , but beneficial warmth is promoting crop development in the upper Midwest.

In the South, isolated rain showers are occurring from the central Gulf Coast region to the southern Atlantic Coast . In many areas, however, fieldwork is advancing. Several states, including Kentucky , Tennessee , and North Carolina , still had more than one-third of their soybeans left to plant by June 16. In addition, cotton planting is not quite complete in states such as Georgia and South Carolina , while a little bit of peanut planting remains to be done in Alabama and Florida.

Outlook: During the next 5 days, shower activity (locally 1 to 3 inches) will be concentrated in the lower Southeast and across the nation’s northern tier . Little or no rain can be expected across the southern half of the U.S. , except from the central Gulf Coast to the southern Atlantic Coast . Toward week’s end, heat will build across the central and southern Plains , Midwest , and Northeast . During the weekend and early next week, temperatures near 100°F will be common on the central and southern Plains , and readings above 90°F can be expected in parts of the Corn Belt and Mid-Atlantic States . The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 24-28 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in western sections of Washington and Oregon . Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall from California to the central and southern Plains will contrast with wetter- than-normal weather in the Pacific Northwest , parts of the Southwest , and along and east of a line from North Dakota to Alabama.

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