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Heat and Rain in the Forecast for June

May 27, 2014
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

The National Weather Service's outlook for June 1-5 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures and precipitation across the majority of the nation. Cool conditions will be limited to southern Texas, while drier-than-normal weather will be confined to the south-central U.S., the southern Atlantic region, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.

A cold front will drift southward across the eastern U.S. this week, according to USDA’s agricultural weather highlights. Showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of the front could lead to 1- to 2-inch rainfall totals from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic States.

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Late in the week, another cold front will reach the northern Plains, generating local 1- to 3-inch amounts. Near- to above-normal temperatures will dominate the U.S. during the week, except for a mid-week cool spell in the Northwest and a push of cool air into the Northeast. 

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In the West, cooler air has begun to push across the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather is boosting irrigation demands but favors fieldwork and crop development. There is an elevated risk of wildfires in northern sections of the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada.

On the Plains, a slow-moving storm system continues to provide drought-easing rainfall across the south-central U.S. Heavy rain is falling in parts of Oklahoma and eastern Texas. Meanwhile, sudden warmth on the northern Plains has resulted in an acceleration of planting activities, although spotty showers have continued to limit fieldwork in some areas.

In the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are heaviest in the upper Mississippi Valley. Showers are slowing some Midwestern fieldwork, but warmth favors corn and soybean germination and growth. Warm air spreading across the still-cold Great Lakes is creating some fog, especially near Lake Michigan.

In the South, heavy showers and thunderstorms are rolling across eastern Texas, while lighter rain has spread as far east as the Mississippi Delta. In the Southeast, warm, mostly dry weather continues to promote late-spring planting, winter wheat maturation, and summer crop development.


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