On the Plains, recovery efforts continue in the wake of the tragic tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Thunderstorms have re-developed across portions of the southern Plains, including tornado-ravaged areas south of Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, very cool weather prevails across the northern and central Plains. Fieldwork remains at a standstill in the Dakotas, where rain showers persist.
Across the Corn Belt, showery weather is halting most fieldwork, following last week’s phenomenal corn planting pace. Nearly half (43%) of the U.S. corn was planted during the week ending May 19, led by Illinois (57%), Iowa (56%), and Minnesota (52%). Similarly, 18% of the U.S. soybeans were planted during the 7 days ending May 19, paced by Michigan (36%), Ohio (29%), and Nebraska (26%).
In the South, locally severe thunderstorms are racing across several areas, including parts of Arkansas and western portions of Kentucky and Tennessee. A few heavy showers are also occurring along the southern Atlantic Coast. Across the remainder of the region, planting activities continue.
In the West, much cooler air is overspreading the Pacific Northwest, accompanied by widespread showers. In contrast, a ribbon of warm, dry weather stretches from central and southern California to the northern Intermountain West.