Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather is nearly ideal for pastures and summer crops, as well as soft red winter wheat harvesting. On July 6, at least half of the pastures were rated in good to excellent condition in every Midwestern State, ranging from 52% in Nebraska to 91% in Wisconsin.
On the Plains, thundershowers stretch across Oklahoma. The showers separate warm, humid conditions in Texas from cool, dry weather farther north, where winter wheat maturation and harvesting continues. On the northern Plains, rangeland and pastures were rated more than 80% good to excellent on July 6 in the Dakotas.
In the South, scattered showers and thunderstorms stretch from Virginia to Arkansas. Rain is still needed in parts of the southern Atlantic States, where topsoil moisture has been diminishing and is currently rated 60% very short to short in South Carolina.
In the West, widely scattered showers in the Great Basin and Four Corners States are heaviest in parts of southern Arizona. Meanwhile, hot, dry conditions persist in northern California and the Northwest. On July 6, topsoil moisture was rated 63% very short to short in Washington.