USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, most areas are experiencing cool, dry weather. "Near- to below-normal temperatures remain ideal for corn and soybeans, although a broad area centered on Iowa needs rain to stabilize crop prospects," USDA reports. Among Midwestern states, Missouri (20%) and Iowa (17%) had the greatest percentage of corn rated in very poor to poor condition on August 4, according to USDA.
In the West, USDA says unusually cool weather prevails in California, while monsoon shower activity has temporarily subsided in the Four Corners States. "Farther north, isolated showers are developing across the interior Northwest, although conditions remain generally conducive for the ignition or spreading of wildfires," USDA continues.
On the Plains, USDA reports flash flooding remains a threat in portions of northern Oklahoma and south-central and southeastern Kansas. "Elsewhere, showers are causing minor fieldwork disruptions on the northern Plains, while hot weather across much of Texas is maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and rain-fed summer crops," USDA explains.
In the South, USDA reports portions of the Ozark Plateau remain at risk for additional flooding, as rain returns to the region. "In contrast, hot, mostly dry weather prevails from the western Gulf Coast region into the Southeast," USDA continues.
In its outlook USDA says, today will be the final day of potential heavy rain from the central Plains into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. "During the weekend, heavier shower activity will shift into the Southeast," USDA explains. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from the Mid-South into the Southeast, according to USDA. "During the first half of next week, cool, mostly dry weather will dominate the Midwest and Northeast, while hot conditions will persist across the Deep South and interior Northwest," USDA explains.