Near typical early-July weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, near- or slightly below-normal temperatures continue to favor vegetative to reproductive corn and soybeans. With no more than widely-scattered showers & thunderstorms currently covering the Corn Belt, but most Midwestern locations received ample mid- to late-June rainfall to support summer crop development.

On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms are providing highly beneficial moisture for rain-fed summer crops. However, only a few showers are occurring across the drought-stricken northern Plains. In addition, very hot weather has returned to the northern High Plains, including much of Montana, where high temperatures should approach 95 to 100°.

In the South, warm, humid weather prevails in the wake of a generally wet June. Currently, showers and thunderstorms are heaviest across the mid-South and lower Mississippi Valley.

In the West, several large wildfires continue to burn in the Pacific Coast States and the Southwest, amid the latest round of significantly above-normal temperatures. The hot, mostly dry weather is maintaining a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development, but quickly reducing topsoil moisture.

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