Weather report: Showers ease crop stress in Plains

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In the West, cool weather along the Pacific Coast contrasts with near- to above-normal temperatures farther inland. In fact, hot, dry weather across the interior Northwest continues to promote crop development and fieldwork, including winter wheat harvesting. Elsewhere, a few monsoon showers dot the Southwest.

On the Plains, isolated showers are affecting areas from Kansas northward. However, hot, dry weather is increasing crop stress on the southern Plains, where today’s high temperatures will reach or exceed 100°F in many locations.

In the Corn Belt, temperatures remain ideal for reproductive to filling summer crops. In addition, beneficial showers are developing in parts of the western Corn Belt, where many locations have received sub-par summer rainfall.

In the South, hot weather is developing in the western Gulf Coast region and gradually spreading eastward. Meanwhile, favorably dry weather covers much of the Southeast, following an exceptionally wet July.

Outlook: Widespread, early-week showers and thunderstorms in the Midwest will move into the East by mid-week. Thundershowers will also extend westward across the central Plains. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from the central Plains eastward into the northern Mid-Atlantic States and southern New England. Showers will also dot the Southwest, but mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end in the south-central U.S. and the Far West. Meanwhile, a subtle weather-pattern change will result in building warmth in the East. However, relatively cool conditions will continue across the Corn Belt, while above-normal temperatures will prevail across the South. Elsewhere, hot conditions will persist across the interior Northwest, but cooler air will overspread California and the Great Basin. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for August 10-14 calls for belownormal temperatures along the Pacific Coast and from the northern half of the Plains into the Northeast, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail across the South and much of the West. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in New England, the upper Great Lakes region, and from California to the central and southern Rockies.

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