USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails. Warmth is just starting to expand across the far upper Midwest, where winds have turned to a southerly direction, USDA reports. "Since mid-June, precipitation shortages have been most acute in Iowa (excluding the northeastern part of the state), northern Missouri, and adjacent areas," USDA details. During the last month, Midwestern dryness has been much more pervasive, leaving pastures and crops in need of rain, according to USDA.
In the West, hot, dry weather prevails, except along the immediate Pacific Coast, USDA reports. "Several destructive wildfires continue to burn, including the 117,000-acre Elk complex near Pine, Idaho, and the 2,000-acre Rockport fire near Park City, Utah," USDA explains. However, heat also favors crop maturation and Northwestern winter wheat harvesting, it continues.
On the Plains, USDA says showers and thunderstorms are confined to parts of Oklahoma and Texas. "Although cool weather lingers in many areas, heat continues to build across Montana and is gradually overspreading the High Plains," USDA reports. Today’s high temperatures will approach 100°F in parts of Montana, favoring spring wheat maturation and winter wheat harvesting, USDA adds.
In the South, USDA says locally heavy showers dot the southern Atlantic states. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region," USDA continues. Southeastern rain is hampering fieldwork and remains a concern with respect to the condition and quality of various crops, including cotton and peanuts, according to USDA.
In its outlook USDA says a low-pressure system currently over the southern Gulf of Mexico may develop into a tropical cyclone during the next few days. "Regardless of development, moisture associated with the system will affect the southeastern U.S.," USDA says. As a result, five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 8 inches across the lower Southeast, USDA details. "Most of the remainder of the U.S. will remain dry, with scattered showers producing as much as an inch of rain in the Four Corners states and the upper Great Lakes region," USDA explains. Meanwhile, late-summer heat will continue from the High Plains westward and build eastward across the nation’s northern tier, USDA continues.