USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a rash of tornadoes occurred on Wednesday from central Indiana to northwestern Ohio. An active weather pattern continues early today, with showers and thunderstorms stretching southwestward from the lower Great Lakes region. Hot, humid weather prevails across the Ohio Valley, USDA reports.
In the South, a few showers are occurring in southern Florida and along the Gulf Coast. Elsewhere, hot, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation, USDA says.
On the Plains, USDA reports there are showers in the vicinity of a cold front stretching from Nebraska to western Texas. Cool air trails the front, but warmth lingers across the southeastern Plains.
In the West, USDA reports monsoon-related showers have shifted eastward from their typical position, although spotty rain is occurring in the Four Corners States. Elsewhere, more than three dozen large wildfires—in various stages of containment—are active across California and the Northwest. Hot weather prevails in the Pacific Northwest, USDA adds.
In its outlook, USDA says warm conditions will dominate the country, especially in the East and the Far West, helping to promote summer crop maturation. And, initially cool conditions across the nation’s mid-section will be replaced by near-or above-normal temperatures during the weekend. During the next five days, periodic showers can be expected from the southern Rockies into the Great Lakes States, with totals of 1 to 3 inches possible in many areas, USDA states. In contrast, little or no rain should occur in the Far West, interior Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region. Farther south, however, a tropical wave that could become Tropical Storm Hermine will approach the southern Atlantic Coast. Initial estimates indicate that parts of Florida could receive at least 2 to 6 inches of rain, starting during the weekend and that heavy rain could spread to the Gulf Coast region, including southern Louisiana, early next week, USDA states.