In the West, warm, mostly dry weather prevails, except for cool conditions along the Pacific Coast. Northwestern small grain planting is underway, with 13% of the winter wheat seeded in Washington by September 2.

On the Plains, a cold front is crossing Montana and North Dakota, accompanied by a few showers. Unfavorably hot, dry weather persists across the remainder of the nation’s mid-section. On September 2, rangeland and pastures rated very poor to poor ranged from 47% in North Dakota to 96% in Nebraska.

In the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies late-season warmth. Summer crops continue to mature at a rapid pace, but pastures are in need of additional rain. On September 2, more than 40% of the pastures were rated very poor to poor in every Midwestern State, with a range from 42% in Minnesota to 99% in Missouri.

In the South, hurricane recovery efforts continue in the central Gulf Coast region under hot conditions. Hot weather also persists in the Mid-South, including Arkansas, where today’s high temperatures will again approach, reach, or exceed 100°F. Elsewhere, scattered Southeastern showers are maintaining favorable pasture conditions; at least half of the pastures are rated good to excellent in every Gulf and Atlantic Coast State from Louisiana to Maryland.

Outlook: A fast-moving cold front arriving across the northern Plains and upper Midwest will race southeastward, reaching the Atlantic Seaboard during the weekend. Showers and thunderstorms will precede and accompany the front, totaling as much as 1 to 2 inches from the central and southern Plains into the Ohio Valley and Northeast. Locally heavy showers will also dot the southern Atlantic region and the Four Corners States. Cool air in the front’s wake will result in a brief period of below-normal temperatures. During the weekend and early next week, however, late-season heat will return to the Plains and Midwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for September 11- 15 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in parts of the Southeast and along the Pacific Coast. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in southern Florida and the Southwest.