Storms Fire Over Midwestern States

June 3, 2014 07:00 AM
Storms Fire Over Midwestern States

The National Weather Service's outlook for June 8-12 calls for warmer-than-normal weather in the West and much of the eastern U.S. Meanwhile, below-normal temperatures will be seen between the Rockies and the Appalachians, USDA's agricultural forecast notes. Wetter-than-normal weather is expected across a majority of the country’s eastern half. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2" to 5" or more from the central Plains to the lower Ohio Valley.

The weather patterns will be spawned by a number of cold fronts moving through the Midwest, northern Plains and northeast. Thunderstorms will precede and accompany the fronts.

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Regional Weather Updates

In the Corn Belt, dry weather between rain events favors soybean and late-season corn planting, though storms are erupting in westernmost production areas. During the week ending June 1, producers planted at least 30% of intended soybean acreage in Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

On the Plains, unfavorably hot weather is returning to the southern half of the region. Today’s high temperatures will approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit as far north as the central High Plains. Storms are erupting across parts of Nebraska and South Dakota leading into a period of heavy precipitation and severe weather.

In the South, an area of unsettled weather over the Gulf of Mexico will produce scattered showers from the mouth of the Mississippi River to southern Florida. In other regions, warm and generally dry weather will favor fieldwork, winter wheat maturation and summer crop development.

In the West, scattered showers will largely be confined to the northern Rockies. Near- to above-normal temperatures will prevail elsewhere, except along the immediate Pacific Coast. An excessive heat warning is in place in southern Arizona, where temperatures could reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit in some places.

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