USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, unfavorably dry conditions persist across the northwestern half of the region, from Montana to Nebraska, where winter wheat planting delays are occurring. "In contrast, recently planted wheat in parts of Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma is benefiting from a boost in topsoil moisture," USDA reports.
In the West, USDA says a few showers linger across Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, including Northwestern winter wheat planting," USDA adds.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says a band of showers stretches from Missouri into Ohio. "The rain is slowing corn and soybean harvest activities, but aiding drought-stressed pastures and boosting soil moisture for soft red winter wheat," USDA explains. Meanwhile, chilly conditions linger in the Great Lakes region, it adds.
In the South, showers are confined to southern Florida, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, harvest activities for a variety of summer crops — including corn, cotton, peanuts, rice, and soybeans — are advancing under warm, dry conditions," USDA reports.
In its outlook, USDA says during the next three days, a nearly stationary front will remain the focus for showers and thunderstorms. "From the central and southern Plains into the Mid-Atlantic states, additional rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches," USDA explains. Toward week’s end, heavy rain will shift into the Northeast, including New England, it continues. "Also late in the week, moisture associated with the remnants of former eastern Pacific Hurricane Miriam will overspread the south-central U.S.," USDA says. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches may occur in southern and western Texas, USDA explains. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail in the West and from the northern Plains into the upper Midwest, while late-season warmth will be most prominent from the Pacific Northwest into the upper Midwest, according to USDA.