USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, temperatures are below normal and remain ideal for reproductive corn and soybeans. "This morning’s temperatures dipped below 50°F in many Midwestern locations," USDA reports. In addition, showers are overspreading the southwestern Corn Belt, helping to stabilize crop and pasture conditions in areas that have not received much rain in the last 4 to 6 weeks, according to USDA.
In the West, USDA says a break in the monsoon has allowed mostly dry weather to return to Arizona and New Mexico. "However, beneficial showers dot the Intermountain West, while cooler air is overspreading the Northwest," USDA explains.
On the Plains, USDA reports beneficial showers are easing stress on rangeland, pastures and summer crops across central portions of the region. "Rain is also developing on the northern Plains, slowing winter wheat harvesting but aiding immature, spring-sown small grains," USDA continues.
In the South, USDA says mostly dry weather prevails. "Drier conditions are highly beneficial in areas of the Southeast that have received record-setting July rainfall," USDA details.
In its outlook, USDA says Tropical Storm Flossie, currently centered about 150 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, will cross the Big Island later today. "Flossie will produce torrential rain, tropical storm-force winds, and heavy surf," USDA elaborates. Meanwhile in the continental U.S., a disturbance currently crossing the east-central Plains will remain the focus for locally heavy showers and thunderstorms, according to USDA. "As the disturbance drifts eastward, rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from the central Plains to the central Appalachians," USDA reports. Lighter rain, locally 1 to 2 inches, will fall in the East during the mid- to late- week period, USDA adds. "Toward week’s end, the monsoon circulation will become re-established in the Southwest, while a band of heavy showers will develop from the Pacific Northwest southeastward into the lower Missouri Valley," USDA reports. The weather will remain cool in many areas of the U.S., although heat will develop across the southern Plains and gradually spread eastward, USDA explains.