USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms are benefiting pastures, summer crops and immature winter wheat, although some areas remain very dry. "Across the southern half of the region, the rain is causing minor winter wheat harvest disruptions," USDA explains.
In the West, USDA says precipitation is returning to the northern Pacific Coast. "Elsewhere, dry weather favors fieldwork, but cool conditions are slowing crop growth," USDA adds.
In the Corn Belt, USDA reports showers are confined to western-most portions of the region, including parts of Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. "Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather is maintaining concerns about diminishing topsoil moisture reserves," according to USDA.
In the South, USDA says showers are confined to the southern Atlantic region, where soil moisture for pastures and summer crops has improved in recent weeks. "However, extremely dry conditions persist in several parts of the region, particularly in the Mid-South," USDA explains.
USDA's outlook says across the eastern half of the U.S., a cool weather pattern will be replaced by above-normal temperatures during the weekend. "Meanwhile, a reinforcing surge of cool air will arrive in the West," USDA adds. During the next several days, USDA explains most of the significant precipitation will occur in the Deep South and across the nation’s northern tier. "Five-day rainfall totals could exceed 3 inches along the Gulf Coast and may top an inch from the Pacific Northwest into the upper Great Lakes region," USDA elaborates. In contrast, dry weather will prevail in the Southwest, while only light showers will occur in the Midwest, according to USDA.