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Cool Temperatures to Blanket Midwest, Plains

July 8, 2014
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Hot, mostly dry weather will persist through week’s end in California and the Northwest, but cooler air will briefly overspread the Plains and Midwest, according to USDA’s agricultural weather highlights. The push of cool air will be preceded by widespread showers and thunderstorms, mainly across the South and East.

Power Hour Noon LogoDuring the second half of the week, showers and thunderstorms will accompany a return to warm weather across the northern Plains and parts of the Midwest. Elsewhere, monsoon showers will continue in the Four Corners States, but little or no rain will fall across Texas. Five-day rainfall amounts could reach 1 to 3 inches in the Southeast and Southwest, while parts of the upper Midwest may receive an inch or more.

The National Weather Service’s 6- to 10-day outlook for July 13-17 calls for below-normal temperatures across the northern and central Plains and Midwest, while hotter-than-normal weather will cover the West and Deep South. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the western Gulf Coast region and from the Pacific Northwest into the upper Midwest.

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Regional Weather Updates

In the West, hot, dry weather in California and the Northwest contrasts with widely scattered showers in the Great Basin and the Southwest. Crop conditions have deteriorated in parts of the Northwest, with more than one-quarter of Washington’s winter wheat (28%) and spring wheat (29%) rated very poor to poor on July 6.


On the Plains, scattered showers are affecting central portions of the region, mainly Kansas. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather on the northern Plains contrasts with lingering heat in Texas. On July 6, the winter wheat harvest ranged from 13 to 18 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska.

In the Corn Belt, cool, dry, breezy weather prevails across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms stretch from Michigan to southern Missouri, in conjunction with a cold front. The rain is maintaining abundant moisture reserves for corn and soybeans, but hampering winter wheat harvesting.

In the Corn Belt, cool, dry, breezy weather prevails across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms stretch from Michigan to southern Missouri, in conjunction with a cold front. The rain is maintaining abundant moisture reserves for corn and soybeans, but hampering winter wheat harvesting.  


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