USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a band of locally heavy rain is occurring across central Illinois, northern Missouri and environs. Meanwhile, hot weather is returning to the eastern Corn Belt, where the condition of immature summer crops, such as soybeans, had begun to improve during a recent spell of showery weather.
In the South, locally heavy showers are returning to the western Gulf Coast region, maintaining soggy conditions and causing additional fieldwork delays. In contrast, a strong ridge of high pressure over the Southeast is resulting in very hot, humid weather, leading to increased stress on immature summer crops.
On the Plains, widespread showers are heaviest in parts of Kansas. Localized flash flooding is occurring in parts of south-central and southeastern Kansas. The rain is causing some fieldwork delays but generally benefiting immature summer crops.
In the West, record-setting heat has returned to the Pacific Northwest, while cool, occasionally showery conditions linger across the central and southern Rockies and parts of the Southwest.
In its outlook, USDA says cool conditions across the nation’s midsection will be quickly replaced by near- or above-normal temperatures during the weekend. Meanwhile, late-season heat will persist in the East and expand to encompass much of the West. During the next five days, the circulation around a ridge of high pressure parked over the southeastern U.S. will lead to a clockwise, “ring of fire” pattern of thunderstorms stretching from the southern Rockies across the central Plains and into the Northeast, and from the southern Atlantic States westward along the Gulf Coast. Most of the interior Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic region will remain dry, along with the Far West, USDA states.