In the West, cooler weather prevails. Warmth lingers, however, in the Four Corners States, while wildfire development and expansion remains a threat. Showers are confined to the northern Intermountain West.
On the Plains, beneficial rain showers dot northern and central areas. Markedly cooler air is overspreading Montana, but hot weather persists across the remainder of the nation’s mid-section. Today’s high temperatures will approach 95°F as far north as the central High Plains.
In the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are confined to the upper Great Lakes region. Across the heart of the Midwest, warm, dry weather favors soybean and final corn planting efforts, as well as rapid development of summer crops and soft red winter wheat.
In the South, showers continue to provide drought relief in the Carolinas. Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including winter wheat harvesting and cotton, peanut, and soybean planting.
Outlook: Following this morning’s frost from northern Pennsylvania into western New England, much warmer air will overspread the Northeast during the weekend. Farther west, cooler air will briefly arrive across the nation’s mid-section, while above-normal temperatures will return to the West. Early next week, a new surge of cool air will spread across the Northwest. Meanwhile, late-week and weekend showers will provide beneficial moisture across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, with 1- to 2-inch rainfall totals possible in the latter region. Rain will also affect portions of the middle and southern Atlantic States, but mostly dry weather will prevail well into next week from California into the south-central U.S. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 23-27 calls for above-normal temperatures from the central and southern Plains into the Midwest and Northeast, while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail across southern Florida, the northern High Plains, and the Northwest. Meanwhile, belownormal precipitation from central and southern California to the lower Mississippi Valley will contrast with weather-than-normal weather across Florida’s peninsula and from the Pacific Northwest to the upper Midwest.