USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent storminess. "In Montana, improved topsoil moisture is promoting winter wheat emergence and establishment," USDA reports. "Weekend rainfall totaled 2 to 4 inches—with locally higher amounts—from central Texas into central Oklahoma, providing desperately needed moisture for drought-ravaged pastures and newly planted winter wheat," USDA continues.
In the West, USDA says scattered showers stretch from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "Elsewhere, mild, dry conditions favor a gradual return to fieldwork, following last week's stormy weather," USDA says.
In the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather prevails, aside from isolated showers in the Mississippi Valley, USDA reports. "Fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting, continues to rapidly advance," USDA says.
In the South, rain is edging northward through the Atlantic Coast States, USDA says. "Little precipitation is falling west of the Appalachians," USDA adds. Cotton bolls are mostly open in the Southeast and could be adversely affected by a prolonged period of rainy, breezy weather, USDA reports.
According to USDA's outlook, rain will move northward into the mid-atlantic states on Wednesday and the northeast on Thursday. "Meanwhile, a separate area of rain will develop in the Mississippi Valley and overspread the remainder of the Midwest," USDA says. By late in the week, USDA says rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches will be common across the midwestern, mid-atlantic, and northeastern states. "In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end across the Plains and Southwest," USDA adds. Elsewhere, periodic showers will continue across the northern Rockies and the Northwest, USDA says.