Stormy weather is advancing across the upper Midwest with scattered showers returning to the middle Mississippi Valley, USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility said Friday, while another day of drier and generally sunny weather is benefiting corn and soybeans in the Ohio Valley. Elsewhere in the U.S.:
- In the West, scattered showers and thunderstorms associated with the southwestern monsoon continue throughout Arizona and New Mexico. Drier, locally hot weather persists elsewhere, accelerating crop and pasture development while maintaining a high potential for the spread of wildfires.
- On the Plains, drier weather is developing in western sections of Oklahoma and Texas. Mostly dry weather dominates the northern and central High Plains, but isolated showers linger toward the east.
- In the South, showers and thunderstorms are expected from the Delta to Florida, bringing localized relief from summer warmth and dryness to summer crops and pastures. Drier conditions prevail in recently wet areas of southern Texas.
Near-term Outlook: Showers and thunderstorms will continue over the next few days across the Southeast. While benefiting rain-fed crops in previously dry locations from the Delta to northern Georgia, amounts may not be high enough to significantly improve the drought situation in and around the southern Appalachians. Heavy rain is expected to return to the Great Lakes Region and the Ohio Valley through the weekend, but lighter amounts are forecast for the western Corn Belt. Rain is also forecast to return to the southern Plains, and monsoonal showers continue for the time being over the lower Four Corners Region. Above-normal temperatures will persist throughout much of the West, with hotter weather spreading onto the Great Plains early next week. Unseasonably dry weather in the Northwest will add to the deteriorating conditions for spring grains nearing reproduction.
Extended Outlook: The National Weather Service 6- to 10-day outlook for July 16-20 calls for above-normal temperatures in the central U.S., including the Great Plains, the Delta, and the lower Ohio Valley. Below-normal temperatures are expected along the northwest and southern Atlantic Coasts. Wet weather will cover the Great Lakes and New England, the Four Corners Region, and portions of the Gulf Coast. Drier conditions are likely on the southern High Plains, in the Tennessee Valley, and in California and the Northwest.