USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry, warm weather favors filling corn and soybeans in central and eastern portions of the region. Farther west, showers and thunderstorms are developing ahead of a strong cold front, with locally heavy downpours noted this morning from Nebraska into Wisconsin.
In the South, flood recovery efforts continue in southern Louisiana. Meanwhile, tropical moisture continues to produce locally heavy showers and thunderstorms from south-central Texas into the interior Southeast. Hot, humid, but mostly dry weather prevails in the lower Southeast, USDA states.
On the Plains, USDA says sharply cooler weather is arriving behind a strong cold front. Showers are improving soil moisture in northern and central portions of the region, while persistent short-term dryness is reducing topsoil moisture on the southern Plains.
In the West, USDA notes outside of monsoon showers in the Four Corners Region, sunny but increasingly hot weather is promoting Northwestern winter grain harvesting and other seasonal fieldwork.
In its outlook, USDA says tropical moisture will lead to locally heavy showers over the Gulf Coast States, with the heaviest rain (locally in excess of 4 inches) from south-central Texas into the northern Delta. Meanwhile, a strong cold front will generate showers and thunderstorms — some potentially severe — as it tracks from the Upper Midwest to the eastern Great Lakes and lower Mississippi Valley during the weekend, clearing the East Coast by Monday morning. Sharply colder temperatures will surge south and east, with daytime highs expected to average 10 to 15°F below normal behind the front in the nation’s mid-section. In contrast, heat will intensify over the Pacific Coast States, where daytime highs will average up to 20°F above normal. The western heat will spread onto the northern Plains Sunday into Monday, causing temperatures to spike into the middle and upper 90s early next week, USDA says.