USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, sunny skies favor late corn and soybean planting in the middle Mississippi Valley, while locally heavy showers and thunderstorms are approaching the western Corn Belt.
In the West, USDA reports scattered showers linger in the northern Rockies, while dry – albeit cooler – weather prevails elsewhere. Several wildfires remain uncontained in Colorado and New Mexico, USDA adds.
On the Plains, USDA says moderate to heavy showers continue to hamper the final stages of spring wheat planting in Montana and North Dakota. "In contrast, heat and dryness are maintaining stress on crops and pastures on the southern Plains, although showers are approaching from the south in Texas and eastern New Mexico," according to USDA.
In the South, USDA says drier, cooler weather is settling over the region following yesterday’s locally severe storms associated with a strong cold front. "However, the front continues to generate locally heavy downpours along the central and eastern Gulf Coast," USDA reports. Meanwhile, showers are surging northwest out of the western Gulf, providing much-needed moisture for central Texas’ drought-afflicted pastures, sorghum and cotton, USDA explains.
In its outlook USDA says an area of high pressure stretching from the western Atlantic into the southeastern U.S. will provide warm, humid conditions from the southern Plains to the central and southern Atlantic Coast. "On the periphery of the high, showers and thunderstorms are likely, with the heaviest rain (1-3 inches, locally more) expected to fall from the central Plains into the western Corn Belt," USDA continues. In addition, USDA reports scattered, locally heavy showers are possible in the exceptional drought areas of the southern Plains. "Moisture will gradually spread east over the weekend, reaching the Atlantic Coast states by Monday," USDA continues. Out west, mostly dry, USDA says increasingly warm weather is expected, although a few showers are possible in eastern portions of the Four Corners region.