USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, drought-easing showers are heaviest in Kansas, where cooler weather prevails. "Unfavorably hot conditions linger, however, across Texas and northern High Plains," USDA reports. "On Aug. 12, rangeland and pastures rated very poor to poor ranged from 43% in North Dakota to 92% in Nebraska," USDA explains.
In the West, USDA says isolated showers are mostly confined to the Four Corners states. "Elsewhere, including California and the Northwest, hot, dry weather favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation," USDA reports.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says cooler-than-normal weather prevails. "Showers are exiting the eastern Corn Belt but returning to westernmost portions of the region," USDA adds. The recent turn toward cooler, wetter weather continues to benefit pastures and some soybeans, USDA explains. "On Aug. 12, rangeland and pastures rated very poor to poor ranged from 37% in Minnesota to 98% in Missouri," USDA reports.
In the South, USDA says scattered showers continue to aid pastures and immature summer crops. "On Aug. 12, at least 40% of the pastures were rated in good to excellent condition in every Gulf and Atlantic Coast state from Louisiana to the Carolinas," USDA says.
In its outlook, USDA says a series of cold fronts will continue to produce drought-easing rainfall from the Plains to the East Coast. "During the next five days, rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches can be expected from the southern Plains into the Southeast, while as much as 1 to 3 inches may fall in the Northeast," USDA elaborates. Smaller amounts of rain will fall across the northern and central Plains and the Midwest, where only scattered locations will receive more than an inch, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, continuing hot weather west of the Rockies will contrast with generally cool conditions from the Plains eastward," USDA reports. Parts of the Great Lakes region will experience a string of days with high temperatures below 70°F starting later this week, USDA adds.