It going to be wet for the next week before much warmer daytime and nighttime temperatures invade the central U.S.
On the Plains, unsettled weather pushing eastward from the Rockies is generating locally heavy showers and thunderstorms this morning in northern Texas and Oklahoma, and scattered, lighter rain farther north, USDA Chief Meteorologist Mark Brusberg said in a report today. Heat and dryness persists, however, in West Texas, limiting moisture for upland cotton.
In the Midwest, showers continue to move slowly from northwest Illinois through the Ohio Valley, providing abundant to locally excessive levels of moisture for corn and soybean establishment Brusberg said. Rain is tapering off in western production areas, having missed most drought-affected locations in the southwestern Corn Belt.
The nation’s midsection will remain the focus for stormy weather through the weekend, with a potential for strong storms and localized flooding over the central and southern Plains. More rain expected June 25 to June 27 before temperatures warm up to well-above normal late next week, according to T-storm Weather in Chicago.
``Beyond the exact location of thunderstorms with heat from later next week into early July, the main uncertainty regards the longevity of heat because it is unclear whether it will become a recurring feature of central U.S. weather,’’ Mike Tannura at T-storm Weather in Chicago said in a report.