Despite the dryness in the northern Plains, the month of August was one of the coolest on record.
According to the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says August was the 9th coolest in the Midwest in 123 years.
This trend could continue into the winter, stretching from the Northwest to the Midwest.
The Climate Prediction Center released its El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) outlook, which shows an increasing chance of La Niña during the fall and winter months in the northern hemisphere, putting the odds at 55 to 60 percent.
Brad Rippey, meteorologist at the USDA, says in addition to the potential for a cold winter across the Plains and Corn Belt, there could be stormy, snowy weather.
In the southern tier states, Rippey said a warm, dry winter could appear.